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Your Amazing Ability To Overcome All Obstacles

I’m wrapping up Week 1 of the 18-Week Navy Seal Training and am continuously amazed at how quickly the human body adjusts to new physical challenges.  The old adage of “Practice Makes Permanent” holds true every time everyday when it comes to new habits I introduce in my life.  Day 3 and 4 were SIGNIFICANTLY easier than the first 2 days of the workout and because of that, I find myself even more optimistic about reaching the 18-week goal.  As I sit here feeding my system after the Day 4 workout, I find myself reflecting over this week on both a physical and mental level.  It’s a good feeling.

I have mentioned this before and I will continue to say this.  The human body is an AMAZING piece of machinery.  If you train your mind to never give up on a specific activity, trust me, your body will never fight your mind on it.  The human body has this innate ability to adjust and compensate to any obstacle presented to it and, if stimulated consistently, will rise to accomplishing the task with ease with each time it is repeated.

To test this principal on a smaller scale, try this exercise:

  • Pick a simple activity that you don’t necessarily find extremely easy to do but would like to incorporate into your life…something small that can easily be integrated into your daily life. (i.e. stand on your head for 2 minutes, stretch your calves for 5 minutes, jumping jacks for 2 minutes, reach a book for 30 minutes, etc.)
  • Make a commitment to do this once a day for the next 7 days at a specific time and mentally commit to it.  (Schedule it on your Calendar, Blackberry, or iPhone if you need to)
  • Make both physical and mental observations of how you feel on Day 1
  • Continue to document how you think and feel with each passing day
  • At the end of the 7 days, honestly ask yourself how your body and mind are reacting to the activity.
  • Continue to do the activity after the 7 days and note how quickly your body and mind adjusts to easily performing that activity.

Starting from small exercises like this is great practice for the big game.  You will learn to break down bigger obstacles into “bite-sized” pieces to overcome and conquer.  And like I mentioned earlier, the more often you practice this exercise, the easier it will be to take on larger challenges.  If you need help breaking down a specific “bad” habit you’d like to overcome, let me know! 🙂

There are two-sides to this coin, however.  Because the human body is so adept and quick to adjust to new habits, it warrants that your mind be careful about what you introduce to your body.  The body doesn’t know to reject and refuse “bad” habits, it merely compensates and adjusts until it stops being a stopping block from your daily life.  It doesn’t care how much it compensates or takes away from your daily life either.  It only knows that when something unpleasant is being consistently introduced to it, it must quickly adjust to it so that it can continue to survive and live.  Smokers are perfect examples of how the human body compensates and adjusts.  The body can’t cough forever, so eventually the lungs adjust.  The body can’t get high off of just one cigarette forever, so it adjusts so that.  It eventually compensates by reducing faculties in other areas over time so that at the present moment, you can live somewhat normally.  Do we get the picture, yet?

Point is, once you understand how amazing the human body is…respect it.  It only knows what you allow it to experience.  It doesn’t differentiate between what’s good or bad.  It can tell you initially by indicators about how the activity is effecting your body, but if you ignore the indicators and continue forward, it will trust you that it’s ok and adjust so that it becomes part of your life.

Does this sound like what the term “addiction” defines?  Does it maybe suggest that “addictions” were mental commitments that one makes to the body instead of something that we have no influence over?  What do you think?

It’s been a tough week, but a revealing one.  I am looking forward to another week of the same thing to make this new habit stick!  Look for my next post about the diet I’m choosing to follow to support this training.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

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