Inner Strength, Outer Confidence

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A favorite running place.

Many say outer-confidence behaviors, even their pretense, will soak-in eventually to transform our inner lives. In sports, this is the performance-self toughness of the Loehr-Jansen-Evert book, Mental Toughness Training for Sports.

Others say, concentrate on inner strength, and all else will follow. This is an ancient principle passed down through the wisdom of many disciplines developed from antiquity. Dr. Loehr may call this our true-self, strengthened.

Either way, personal strengthening takes time. Perhaps using both ways shortens the time.

Outer-confidence may be a personal fear deterrent as we go among predator-types, i.e. those who may take advantage of our real or perceived weaknesses: intellectual, physical, social, etc. They’re out there, but probably not as often as we fear. So many fight their own battles, as Plato wrote in his case for kindness. Aggression or predatory behavior is often rooted in fear in the other. This reminds me of a lesson covered in Dan Millman’s “Way of the Peaceful Warrior.”

In some sense, outer-confidence is plumage. In another, it reduces self-distracting fear, improving our focus on what we are doing. It is not-bleeding, or sucking-up the bloodied nose, or swallowing the broken lip’s blood among sharks. And so it has real tactical value. ‘Don’t let them see you sweat.’

However, inner strength weathers a shark frenzy, and defeats the sharks. It is hyper intelligent, perpetually determined, and immortal. It defeats, deters, fools, or evades them altogether (more often the latter). It is the source of total focus. It determines what we do, not how we look. It is the final arbiter in our contribution to outcomes. Inner strength eventually joins with outer confidence, and multiplies it.

Observe, journal, test, temper, and learn. We are not alone, and each of us has a good purpose for being related to the rest.

Now Available at Lulu.com: Farm Your Training Day: An American Dream of Sustainable Personal Fitness

It’s official. Click on the book cover icon at the upper right side of this screen, and you can go there. The E-book will be available in about one week. For now, it is print on demand, with some extra cost of production. I tried to set as reasonable a print price as possible considering all factors. You can also click here:

Farm Your Training Day: An American Dream of Sustainable Personal Fitness

Farm Your Training Day: An American Dream of Sustainable Personal Fitness

Mental Approach to Weight Loss

light from the engine of the solar system makes matter beautiful

light from the engine of the solar system makes matter beautiful

If you suffer inner torment over your weight, shape, or features, I offer the following:

Do not look to the body of your vehicle to get where you want to go.

It’s all in the engine. Clean and prime it with only good fuel and keep your fluid levels topped off. Remove unnecessary junk from spark plugs, mental and physical.

Start your engine.

When it is warm, make some trips. Some test runs.

Work out the bugs gradually, one at a time. Talk to other owners, read some owner’s manuals, and with excellent focus, tend to the priority fixes right on down the line.

Be encouraged the analogy to a car stops there.

When you focus on the engine within you, it will transform the body without need of welding, primer, cements, or paints.

fire-up(side down) your motivation

fire-up(side down) your motivation (Don’t do this. But if you find yourself upside down, use better form than me and make the back of your head more aligned with your back with slight chin tuck. If you fall, impact will be distributed through a larger area, and whiplash is less likely).

Thanksgiving: Accepting Phases

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in a runner’s body phase

I’m grateful for our interconnecting training communities at WordPress. Please accept my thanks for all of your inspiring journals. I find them enriching. May you and yours have a wonderful thanksgiving overflowing with the blessings that matter the most.

As I work on the M7 Adaptive Fitness Guidebook I work at maintaining a conditioning base. This subdued phase with a lower training tempo is different. Distances are less, however, I’ve actually made pacing gains in runs I thought would be for maintenance only. It is a phase I accept as part of my collective goals. I like what I’m doing. I am grateful.