In yesterday’s article Training Camps and Winning in Life, I spoke about the basics that make a successful training camp. In the article, I shared that by applying the basics — hard work, commitment, determination, drive, discipline, fortitude, persistence, tenacity, and courage — before long we will be able to look back and see how far we have come in our progress because we did not give up.
During the past 17 years, I have been using repetitive mirrored movements on my dominant and non-dominant sides of my body. I have done so to help improve hand-eye coordination, agility, speed, muscle memory, gross and fine motor skills and focus. I have done so through various martial arts disciplines. Below is my use of double rattan stick Sinawali drills. By doing so I have been able to mirror movements on both sides of my body. In the process, I have created new neural pathways and brain reorganization. Please click on the picture to see the use of these drills. By clicking on the image the short video presentation will open for you on YouTube. Video Presentation was made in September 2014. I have continued and improved my skill since September 2014.
In today’s articles, I would like to explore the meaning of several of the words or concepts that go into making a training camp successful. To gain a greater understanding of the words and concepts, I will do some research; and share what I discover. I will then share my perspective and provide a link to an article that I have written, that speaks to the word or the concept.
Hard work or Work-ethic
“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” Gordon B. Hinckley
Hard work for me means being diligent, to accomplish a task or a goal that is set before me; with focus. Hard work involves sticking with a project or a goal to achieve the desired outcome.
For me, hard work does not mean running a sprint but involves running a marathon; which requires consistent and ongoing effort.
“a willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise or firm decision to do something” Cambridge Dictionaries online
For me commitment involves loyalty, first to myself; to stick with a goal, regardless…
Commitment communicates to me to remain undeterred from what I set out to accomplish.
Although the way that I set out to accomplish some thing may change, my commitment teaches me that I can find a way that will work for me to be able to accomplish my goal.
“is a positive emotion that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles. Determination occurs prior to goal attainment and serves to motivate behavior that will help achieve one’s goal.” Wikipedia
Determination helps me to focus on what I want to accomplish, in spite of obstacles and setbacks.
Obstacles become a sign on the road that helps me to realize that adjustments need to be made to accomplish my desired goal (s).
Determination teaches me to not give up in spite of apparent obstacles and setbacks because I know that more will be revealed in time.
“I will prepare and someday my chance will come.” Abraham Lincoln
“There are three major components to motivation: activation, persistence, and intensity. Activation involves the decision to initiate a behavior… Persistence is the continued effort toward a goal even though obstacles may exist… Finally, intensity can be seen in the concentration and vigor that goes into pursuing a goal.” About Education — What is Motivation
Motivation can either be external or internal. Being externally driven will only last until the threat is removed. Being internally motivated or driven, on the other hand; is sustainable because of the individual’s internal desire to achieve the skill, skill set or goal.
Drive encourages me to stick with the process and keep learning from my circumstances, my experiences and my opportunities.
Read Part 2 of this article by clicking on this link: Defining the Basics of a Successful Training Camp Part 2
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