“Goal setting is a master skill for personal growth and peak performance. I can’t stress this too much. Without goals, where will you go in life? If you don’t know where you are headed, you’re probably going to wind up somewhere other than where you want to be. . . . I encourage athletes to set daily or short-term goals. The way to achieve long-term goals is to break them down into small steps. Effective goal setting is like a staircase. Each step is an action step—an increment of progress. The old saying is ‘Inch by inch it’s a cinch.’” – from Mind Gym, An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence, by sports psychologist Gary Mack
This video deals specifically with race car driving but the concepts can be applied to literally anything. “The fundamental prerequisite to getting in the zone, what I think of as the holy grail to the performance equation, is the ability to focus in the moment, on the task in front of you, to the exclusion of everything else that in that moment becomes a distractor.” - Jacques Dallaire, Ph. D. https://youtu.be/hl7aH2LKa_s
Bree and I headed up into the mountains of Minoh today for a quick bit of Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing). Yes, that's a thing here in Japan. I feel sqeaky-clean now. https://youtu.be/RSmDSVWAYv0
Last week my wife and I spent a good chunk of an afternoon packing up the family summer clothes in order to make room for our fall/winter attire. Since this is a yearly ordeal, we always make an effort to get rid of the clothing that we really didn't use or no longer need. You'd think this would be easy, yet it's amazing how emotionally attached one can get to stuff.
Just released the Ultimate Guide To Bodyweight Exercise over on GMB. It is a FREE resource that includes a mini-library of moves for all levels. You would be silly not to check it out.
Early morning (way too early) swim practice for my daughter means we're both exhausted the rest of the day. Thankfully I got in a great nap this afternoon. Here's a good article from my friend Brett over at Art of Manliness on how to Unleash The Power Of The Nap.
I spend at least 4 days a week practicing jiujitsu. Many moons ago that number would be on the low side but right now in my life it's a good balance between getting my fix yet not overdoing it. Each practice is different during the week except for Thursday which is reserved for a private lesson with my instructor. It's a pretty intense session and I love it.
Did you know Osaka used to have a "No Dancing Law" in effect after midnight? Luckily it’s been revised. However, I found out recently that dancing in supermarkets is still frowned upon.
The Hill Started the week off with some hill sprints. Nothing too outrageous since this is the first day getting back to them. 50 meters hill sprint using nasal breathing then slow walk back down using Oxygen Advantage recovery breathing. 8 to 10 hill sprints done once a week will be good enough.