Why is it that the most profound insights, the simple sentence that erupts in an explosion of enthralling brain activity, that makes you wonder, “How am I just now realizing this?”
Despite the reluctance that we all face when staring at a thought that we know will change the trajectory of our life, whether slightly or drastically, there is a wonderful sense of opportunity that reluctantly reveals itself, like a child peeking around a corner.
Some may understand this feeling well, others may only have a fleeting memory of this feeling in the past. This feeling, having your mind opened to a new concept, feels like graduating up to a diving board from jumping from the deck of the pool. The possibilities that await from this evolution seems to almost create a paradox of choice; there are so many options to choose from, it creates paralysis, like trying to pick out toothpaste at CVS.
With Systemized Athletics, we take over a decade’s worth of “How and I just now realizing this” moments and systematically building it into a program to develop universal athleticism through 3 Fundamental Principles:
- Movement Minimization
- Relaxation and Rhythm
I know what you’re thinking — “…that’s it?”
To develop any athletic skill, yes, that’s it.
But herein lies the beauty and wonderful difficulty that are sports and athleticism; we have to pay attention to the correct things.
When I say “pay attention,” I’m referring to our attention as if I were speaking of a $100 bill during the Great Depression.
At the core of Systemized Athletics is the fundamental belief that our attention is our most valuable asset.
Let me convince you:
- We think about what we pay attention to
- What we think about forms our beliefs
- Our beliefs shape our actions
- Who we are is a collection of our actions.
Therefore, who we are is what we pay attention to.
Systemized Athletics is aptly named because it systemizes where our attention is guided as a result of a specific outcome when training or performing an athletic movement.
A proper and worthwhile system employs simple solutions at the correct moment. This system will use the 3 Fundamental Principles to assess and prescribe a solution to any athletic problem.
But to do so, we must embark on the difficult journey of becoming aware of our attention.
This seemingly mystical concept is called mindfulness, and it isn’t mystical. It simply means what I said above: being aware of what is going on in our mind.
Once we are aware of the thoughts in our mind, we can attempt to understand their cause and observe their affect on our athletic performance. Once we understand them, we can use our understanding of the Fundamental Principles to figure out a solution, which will always be either: perfecting balance, removing excess movement, or making the movement smoother and more relaxed.
In this framework, or blueprint, for Systemized Athletics, we can observe the foundation, the concepts in which everything will be built upon: Balance, Movement Minimization, Relaxation and Rhythm, with our attention being our most valuable asset.