It seems that as life goes on, we are convinced (somehow) that progress has to become hard. Especially with skills like movement.
- “Dig deep!”
- “Push through!”
- “Keep up the pace!”
- “Just go for it!”
These cues and similar are very commonplace; urging you to ignore difficulties and strains and simply push on, over and over, otherwise “how are you going to get better if you don’t work hard?!”
Funnily enough, deep down, most of us know the cues we should probably be hearing for better progress.
They are also commonplace… just not the same place.
- “Take your time.”
- “Slow down; get it right.”
- “You’re getting too worked up. Just calm down and try again.”
- “It’s not the end of the world; you can try it again later.”
These phrases, and others like them, are often spoken to children as they try to learn new skills; try to coordinate themselves in new ways to achieve new outcomes.
How different is gym work?
How different is anything we do, as adults?
Forget about the latest buzzwords.
Do you think that if your skill at something is of a higher quality, you might just achieve better outcomes faster?
Do you think you might learn better skills if you just slowed down sometimes?
Start slow, build skills, get fast; win.