There is an element of truth in heroes. Let me explain. There has been a resurgence of comic book hero movies over the last few years. Mythology plays a role in many of our lives; I have touched on this topic before. For those of us with a penchant for myth, stories of heroes and what they mean to us has never left that place it holds in our minds. What if there were pieces of truth in heroes? Looking back at different heroes that have made an impact on me, I found myself reading an … [Read more...] about The Element of Truth in Heroes…and You
I always take inventory of the kind of social support that a new client has when embarking on a journey to greater fitness. I don't probe, or pry, but I want to know if they have a reliable support system outside of the gym. There is a reason for this: Social support is extremely important to intrinsic motivation! In the context of Self-Determination Theory, "Relatedness" is one of the most critical components, along with autonomy and competency. We all want to feel like we are a part of … [Read more...] about Social Support: Who is in Your Corner?
I recently became a bit obsessed with figuring out what "optimally challenging" meant.As in:"In short, the needs for competence and self-determination keep people involved in ongoing cycles of seeking and conquering optimal challenges." (Deci & Ryan, 1985)Note: My emphasisIn a nutshell, when goal setting, you don't want to set goals that are impossible, but you also don't want anything too easy, either. You want something that is just right. That is to say: optimal. I have heard this … [Read more...] about On Optimal Challenge and Flow
A coach walked up to a woman training in the gym, today. She was clearly athletic, and her squat was quite pretty. Only a slight issue with the hips that may suggest she has a glute activation issue. The interaction was completely wrong. The coach started off immediately by pointing out what was going wrong, instead of reinforcing all that she did correctly. As such, she seemed taken aback and angered. I'm sure anything else that was said was lost on her. Oh, yeah...the … [Read more...] about Because Coaches are Still Human
People argue that leadership can't be taught in some instances. I'm not sure what the answers, though I can tell you that I've probably changed my mind a dozen times. I'm currently back to square one: Some Leadership Can't Be Taught Most of you know I was a Navy Chief Petty Officer. I was, specifically a Chief Aviation Ordnanceman, which means that I was trained in building, testing, loading, and arming all sorts of explosives goodies in the U.S. Navy's airborne weapons arsenal. At one … [Read more...] about Some Leadership Can’t Be Taught