I was talking to my bother the other month, telling him that I’d taken up paddle boarding. In our conversation I mentioned that I’d not spent much time falling off. In fact that I’d stayed on my board for that last 6 months after a couple of false starts in the beginning.
His response was interesting and worth sharing. He said the I wasn’t trying hard enough because I hadn’t fallen off enough!
My response was that my objective had been to challenge myself and stay on my board. AS the months have progressed, I have challenged myself to travel further. These days I am travelling about 8km and staying on my board for well over an hour.
This shows how we operate in different paradigms. My brothers paradigm of falling off to prove that you are trying. My paradigm is one of staying on my board.
Which one is right, or is there a right one?
For me, I far prefer my paradigm because it supports where I want to be! This doesn’t say that I am playing it safe and wont fall off. Rather that I am consciously working with my body and board to adjust my balance dynamically with the changing water conditions.
What the study of Brain Plasticity tells us is that if we focus our attention on what we are doing, are motivated, having fun and apply energy to the task at hand we will change our brains.
I am using consciously using the elements of Brain Plasticity to improve my performance. To focus on what we are doing with intensity, joy and pleasure. To make learning a game and enjoyment.
The outcome is that I am having fun and enjoying myself, while at the same time growing my capability on my board.
until next time