Monday, October 30, 2006
Back off Week! and a little Self Growth talk...
Because I have lifted relatively heavy the last two weeks I decided to lighten the snatch load and give the back a little active recovery. Now don't get me wrong, I'm still training, just going to lighten down to a 24kg for my heavy day.
The Power Circuit
A-1 Gorsky Lunge 20kg 5 x 6/6
A-2 Chin Ups 16kg 5 x 5
A-3 Snatches 24kg 5 x 5/5
20 min Zone
I really enjoy these shorter workouts. It also suits my Lumbar spine recovery well because it limits the total time of each training session and keeps me from overtraining or doing more than I should.
On another note, I recently started re-reading a great book which many of you have probably read, Stephen Covey's classic "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." It's amazing how many different aspects and details of the book I am learning now that I didn't learn or wasn't ready to learn a couple of years ago. Thank God for maturity and the self growth process.
A quick recap of the book. The first three principles are called private victories. The are:
Principle # 1 Be Proactive
Principle # 2 Begin with the end in mind
Principle # 3 Put things first.
Principles 4 through 7 are called public victories and are more related to an indivduals relationship with others and to society. The later principles must be preceded by the private victories and for obvious reasons. Princples 1 through 3 are the internal principles that govern a persons view on life and how they respond to what happens to them. It essentially means you accept the fact that you are responsible for your actions and the outcomes that result from those actions. It is telling yourself, "I am not a victim in life. I do have choices and I can choose how I want to respond to any given situation." What that means is that between STIMULUS...............and......................RESPONSE, there is a space. That space is where your freedom lies. People who successfully live the first three principles are essentially saying that they are responsible for their feelings and ultimately their behavior. The opposite would be like saying, "I couldn't help getting mad and throwing my starbucks coffee in his face, he made me mad." It is allowing external circumstances to govern and control internal conditions.
By truly wrestling and struggling with these principles, you can come to the realization the self growth takes work and is truly HOLY GROUND. But it is the only solution to becomming an effective person and member of society. Until you stop blaming others for your problems and lack of success, you will be like a computer or worse yet, a robot. Someone pushes a button and there is a knee jerk reaction to your behavior. Living the first three principles means:
a) You become a person of character who lives his life according to worthy God honoring principles
b) You do not make decisions based on what others may think of you and on your "feelings."
c) you do not live your life for the approval of others
d) You are Proactive rather than reactive
e) Writing and living your personal mission statement
f) Prioritizing the most important things in your life (family, faith, health, friends, etc..)
I will update more of this book as I begin to disect and devour the content. My challenge to anyone reading this is ask yourself the following Questions:
Question 1: What one thing could you do (you aren't doing now) that if you did on regular basis, would make a tremendous difference in your personal life?
Question 2: What one thing in your business or professional life would bring similar results?
My answer to both questions is very similar. I would spend time daily reviewing and reflecting on my purpose in life (my mission statement) and reviewing my calendar to make sure my daily activities reflect my mission and purpose. I can honestly say that if I did that every single day, I would be a much more effective person. That is my goal, to live my life more ON PURPOSE. I would also say that I need to watch less TV at night and stimulate my mind more...
If you would like to share, please do respond to this post!
Much more to come......