I’ve had a long standing interest in the human potential/performance field. It comes from a personal interest in improving my own life. After some reflection, I’ve come to understand some of the reasons for that interest. Here is a part of my story.
I had a good childhood and am super grateful for those blessings, but as with most of us, there were some experiences that held me back later in life. I have one sibling, a brother who’s a year and a half older (love ya bro). My brother was a top performer both academically and athletically when we were in school. Growing up together, I played more games with him than anyone. I was small for my age, short in stature. I’m also nearsighted with one eye significantly different from the other. After being picked on in school for being little, I had no interest in being picked on for wearing glasses. So I learned how to cheat the eye tests and I went undiagnosed as nearsighted for quite a while. Pretty much all ball sports were a real challenge. I was the kid who couldn’t see the ball coming until it was too late, then I’d miss the catch and it’d smack me in the head. You can imagine the outcome when I played virtually any win/lose game with my uber-talented brother. I lost. I came to accept losing as normal for me and I got good at it.
Fast forward toward adulthood. Still no interest in most “ball sports” although I did play a good bit of tennis in high school/college. Outdoor adventures really grabbed my interest and I became a rock climber. After a few years I developed an interest in climbing more difficult routes and progressing in the sport. There’s a rating system that describes the difficulty of a particular route and I was fortunate to have some talented partners to push into the more difficult grades. I was training quite a lot physically and got pretty strong. In spite of the fact that I seemed to be in better shape than some of my climbing partners, they were climbing more difficult routes than I was. My “I’m a good loser” started showing up. I’d do the hardest section of a climb but wouldn’t finish it. I’d fail to complete routes that I knew were well within my abilities. Obviously, something more than the physical world was holding me back.
So I started reading and learning. Maxwell Maltz’s book Psycho-Cybernetics was an early influence as was Denis Waitely’s The Psychology of Winning. Nowadays there’s the biohacking movement that’s coming out of Silicon Valley and it’s taking this to new levels. The bottom line for me is that given some resources and effort, we can all improve at anything we choose to. I’ve tried a lot of things that didn’t work, done a lot of things that do, and am still trying new things to improve my performance in various aspects of my life. It’s a journey, a progression, and I’m learning more about myself in the process. If you’re interested, why not jump in? Do your research, learn from others, try new things, and enjoy the journey.
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