Sports Magazine

Thursday's Thought: Switch Off for Success

By Exceedpossibility @exceedpossible
Success in expeditions, adventures and sports come through physical AND mental excursion, however long you train in the gym, in the pouring rain or the boiling heat you still have to use your brain and think in order to achieve your goal, whether it's a mountain's summit, the try line in rugby or the South Pole.
When you're physically exerting yourself over extended periods your mind comes in to play, normally to tell you to stop and sit down with a nice cup of tea! I always find that during sport my mind is concentrated on the match in progress, whether it's rugby or cricket. When it comes to running, hill walking, climbing etc. I find my mind often tells me I'm tired or I'm scared and I shouldn't carry on. This is when I try and switch off, clear my mind and think of other things - let's be honest, running is boring a lot of the time and if you're thinking about it and getting tired then you will.
You need to put your mind in a place where it won't concentrate on aching legs or sore hands and it will let you carry on with time flying by rather than the crawl that seems to take place when you are thinking about the exercise!
I've never done anything compared to what people can do; climbing Everest or skiing to one of the Poles is a major trial on body and mind but the same principle must apply. If, whilst ascending Everest, you concentrated on every single movement and every aching muscle and heavy breath you probably wouldn't make it terribly far. Also, if you're ready to simply give up a life long dream because you're a bit tired then you won't get anywhere with an expedition - a skill that can be learnt from a simple run, if you leave home on a 10 mile run and are 'too tired' and give up after five then what have you achieved?
I've used this quote before from Vince Lombari, NFL legend, but it sums my point up well:
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, his greatest fulfillment of all he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.
My point is not only that mental strength is important but that the ability to turn your mind away from what you're doing, ignore the pain and put your mind to other aspects of life is vitally important (in my relatively inexperienced opinion anyway). Next time you go for a run try and move your mind away from your feet banging in to the pavement or the soreness in your knees and turn off - time will fly by and you might even run further and faster, your body will be under control but your won't have to dwell on its pains and problems!

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • The Threat of AI

    Kai-Fu Lee has an important op-ed in the NYTimes, "The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence". He begins by pointing out that all too many discussions of the... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Bbenzon
    CULTURE, PHILOSOPHY, SOCIETY
  • Does Fitness Equal Health?

    Does fitness equal health? Or is there a point where you increase fitness at the expense of health, or vice versa? Finally, can you use ketosis as a way to... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Enjoy Summer with a Low-Carb Picnic

    Enjoy Summer with Low-Carb Picnic

    Prepare for a great day out with the help of these great recipes. Fresh, filling and healthy food, perfect for a trip to a nice park or maybe the beach. If... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Beaches

    Beaches

    ! Sand, sea, warm skin, days of freedom and fun. Your Saturday Blogger has a few favourite places on earth and most of them feature a beach somewhere in the... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Ashleylister
    BOOKS, CREATIVITY, CULTURE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Review - Hardy & Co. Dewy Skin Anti-Ageing Champagne Mist

    I have been using mist as the first step (after cleansing) of my skincare routine for a few years... Click for Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Chantana
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Be Jealous Clothing: Gingham Trend

    Jealous Clothing: Gingham Trend

    Jumpsuit-Be Jealous*Sliders-F FThis summer has some really nice trends, my favourite is the gingham trend, I'm absolutely loving this gingham jumpsuit from Be... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Sammycx
    FASHION, LIFESTYLE
  • A Day in the Life of a Low-Carb Doctor

    Life Low-Carb Doctor

    As a hospitalist physician, I have the privilege of caring for general medical patients who are admitted to the hospital. I am certainly an oddity among... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE

Magazine