Restart Every Morning

The feeling of coming back from an injury and being healthy can change your motivation and outlook for the better. This is nothing new for elite athletes, where physical functionality, the pursuit of excellence, and the desire to perform at a high level can be the trigger for unexpected successes. They know now, after experiencing the other side of hurts, pains, and loss of strength, how well a knee, shoulder, or wrist works. When practiced properly, your emotional, mental, and physical recovery or restart can be like a gift. The restart is practiced only slow and without stress. The first attempt on skis may look like those of a beginner, controlling the pace, snowplow turns, clear and aware body movements, slowed balanced pure carved turns, pressure/edging awareness, and feeling every snow grain. This is precisely the moment a fit-again skier, after taking care of details and micro-movements and increased awareness, that he/she comes back stronger than before.

There is ongoing evidence at the World Cup and Olympic level.
Athletes returning from injury, who’s technique and balance on their skis are better than before. They are entirely focused, and their winning instincts are still there, despite the break.

TO BE or TO DO by John Boyd (military strategist and architect of the OODA loop)

“Young lady/men, one day you will come to a fork in the road, and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go that way you can BE somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get assignments. OR, you can go that way and you can DO something – something for your country, your team and for yourself. If you decide you want to DO something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself. You will be true to yourself and friends. And your work might make a difference. To BE somebody or to DO something. Life is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision.”

As the late Mr. Rogers said “The important thing is to find something you feel good about doing.”