“The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.”— Josh Waitzkin
Norman Doidge discusses how when we stop using a skill we lose it. When we were young, we were agile, capable, and fearless. As we age, we become unsteady on our feet. We are unsure when we lost that ability, unable to pinpoint the exact date. Sometimes, it was an accident such as tripping on a rug or almost slipping on a wet floor. We become scared of falling or have already fallen so we are in protective mode. We only go out when the conditions are optimal such as dry, sunny and calm. Similar when you take your antique car (for a run) on a Sunday afternoon in the summer.
Return back to childhood. I would often catch my neighbour’s young son pushing the boundaries of his balance. He had full access to a large trampoline but enjoyed standing on my large rock in my front yard, the two narrow posts between our driveway and the very thin window well protecting my basement window. His balance improved because he kept using this skill.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss
The only way to improve your balance is to actually put yourself out of balance in a safe manner. In my Balance workshops, your balance will be challenged. In one lesson, you will move while your feet are crossed. Walls and chairs are close by for safety and support. Walking normally will be a piece of cake as now you have a greater base of support.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
Join me at my Balance workshops where re-accessing your youthful abilities will be fun and challenging to delight your nervous system.