Friday, 1/18

“Waste No More Time Arguing What A Good Person Should Be. Be One.” - Marcus Aurelius

It isn’t what we say that defines us, but instead what we do.

In today’s modern world, opinions flow freely. This is a great thing. Yet with such healthy discussions and debates can come drama, confusion, and a blurred line between what is “right” and what is ”wrong”.

The term ‘paralysis through analysis’ is an expression used that describes a situation where we overthink things. We try to appease every angle or opinion, and in attempting so, we end up actually freezing in place. We do nothing.

Marcus Aurelius urges us to contemplate less, and act more. To be the change we want to see in this world, rather than to argue for it.

“I can’t hear the words your saying, because your actions speak so loudly”

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Thursday, 1/17

Optional active recovery below. Based purely on how you feel. No right or wrong here - some athletes prefer a light movement day, while other perform their best will a full rest day here.

As we draw closer to the Open, these Thursdays will become "pre-game" Thursdays. Movements designed to break a light sweat, move through specific ranges of motion, with mobility to finish. More to come on what to expect in these pre-open "primers".

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Wednesday, 1/16

“Asking “Is this possible?” is rarely relevant. The real question is, “Is this worth doing?” - Andrew Swilinski

The logical side of us can be a double-edged sword.
It puts “can I do this” in a higher role of importance than “should I do this.”

Although appearing to be minor details, we can soon see the larger than first glance implications. When we default to asking the question of whether or not it’s a possibility, we are negating the underlying reason why the concept came to be… the why.

We can talk ourselves out of an idea without truly considering it’s importance, which needs to come first. For the old expression is true - “if there’s a will, there’s a way”.

The “whats” will absolutely need to be defined, and more importantly, acted upon. However we want to train ourselves to ask the other question first. There will be a moment today, tomorrow, or sometime this week where we’ll have an opportunity arise. In that moment, remind ourselves of the question the quote reminds us of. It’s not “is this even possible”. It’s, “is this worth doing?”.

And we’ll go from there.

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Tuesday, 1/15

“When you have one foot in the past, and one in the future, you piss on the present." - Dan Harris
It's tempting to daydream about the future, and it's far too easy to dwell on the past. Being present, here and now, is often the most challenging of the three.

When we think of the underlying reason why one would study the past and to plan to future, we can come to the agreement there’s a singular purpose - to make today, our very best. There is never a reason not to pursue that aim, well knowing that today could very well be our last.

Happiness is not something we postpone for the future; it is something we design for the present.

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Monday, 1/14

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth” - Marcus Aurelius

This quote has a powerful theme behind it. It isn’t that our eyes and ears deceive us - but rather our own thoughts. We’ve all had those moments where we “hear what we want to hear”. This isn’t common.

This quote urges us to take in information subjectively.
We learn from everything - we are always students. With that, it is only healthy, to question.

Are there things we do throughout our day, just because we have in the past?
Or because someone else has shown/told us to do so?
There is a lot to be said about a cultural norm, but taking a slightly different approach, we want to maintain a critical eye to our daily habits.

If we “accept” for example our habits, we become blind to potential improvements.
Is there something we can change for the better in our lives? If there is no right or wrong, and everything is opinion and perspective, where can I improve?

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Sunday, 1/12

“Supple Sunday”

Whether it be upon rising, before bed, or anywhere in between, working these 30 minutes will make a significant difference in our recovery, performance, and longevity.

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