I want to use the topic to refer to you. Your rehab. Your training. Your deepest desires.
Did you know? In the Chinese Harvest Moon Festival, the death rate drops 35% below average in the week of this festival, then rises by the same amount in the week following the festival.
Did you know - three US Presidents have died on July 4th? John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.
What does this mean?
At times of importance - to these people, national importance - their impending death is held off by highly energetic intent to remain alive long enough for these times. Imagine that. You can will yourself to stick around until something important has passed.
How is that relevant to you?
Well, my expertise is in rehab. I can tell you that time-based rehab is evil. Criteria-based rehab is good. I said good shits on bad. I'm not afraid to use such colloquialisms in a professional manner, because it gets your attention, and the first step to changing behaviour is to break on old pattern by getting attention. So, it's up to the good physio's and other rehab clinicians to help you with a meaningful step-by-step process. If you're not buying it, your intent is not fuelled by true desire to achieve. Haven't you heard of the clinician who says your injury will take X weeks to be right? And then it isn't? Because a time-frame is out of your control and you don't have to act to make it to that time-frame.
In training or competition mode, let's look at an example:
Wayne Rooney, current forward for DC United, formerly of Everton, Manchester United and the England football team, used to visualise his success. He would ask the property steward what colour kit they would wear in the game on the following day. Red top? White top? What colour shorts and socks. Then he would visualise scoring in that kit the night before, before he went to sleep. You see, his mind didn't know the difference between a real and imagined experience, so it would form a neural connection to create a movement program for scoring the goal. He could create multiple circumstances to score that goal and he would develop strong neural connections for that program. Time and time again his reaction time and ability to score would be faster than his defending opponents could handle - because his movement programs were more competent and capacious due to prior imaginative exposure.
You too have the capacity to do this, yet it takes a coach with a plan, and a rehab clinician with a plan that is based on criteria. Note well, criteria is not based on sets and reps but on levels of competence and performance.
All you have to do is want, to desire. We will shape your desire. If you have it. Think good - it's better than bad.
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