Often times – it is the notion in our brain which have blocked for many years – which comes in our way. The kid of an elephant is tied to a small wall – of course the tiny elephant can’t break free from that. But when the elephant becomes enormous and full of strength – they seldom try to break free. Because in their mind – the story is already written – you can’t break free the chain.
The circumstances might have changed – your ability might have increased. But it is our brain’s ability to get stuck which makes it difficult.
Also, sometimes our brain tricks us that there is no way you can improve. Remember the day when you first started to learn walking. Yes, you fell many times and somehow you started walking. It wasn’t proper form but you walked anyway.
Slowly over time, you got better. You could do this because when you were a kid – you didn’t think how you are going to shape the world. You don’t try to see the future. And slowly you get better – because that is the natural progression.
I love dance and when I was in college – the b boying was in high demand. Yes, I don’t have the physicality and passion to learn the stunts – but since it was the trend – I tried anyway.
One of the easy things to learn was headstand. But I couldn’t do it no matter how many times I tried. I would fall on my back – sometimes I roll. It hurt a lot and it felt there is no way my body could be able to balance my bulky body.
But I didn’t gave in. I tried everyday and failed miserably. One caution I would say in here that put some cushions when you do something harsh physically so you don’t get injured bad.
One day, I did my normal routine and boom I was able to stand on my head. I tried again and couldn’t. It felt like a dream or magic. But I wasn’t able to repeat it. Then I continued my daily practice. And soon I was able to do it thrice per week then 6 times and then anytime I tried. And that’s how I learnt headstand.
When I first started moving ahead in the swimming posture – it was difficult to breathe in from mouth and exhale from mouth. Somehow the water would go in my nose and mouth and I felt tired.
At one point, I was practicing swimming by holding the breath – because I thought I won’t be able to swim and breathe in between. On positive note, I did learn about how to swim longer distance with holding the breath. But in reality, if you want to swim freely and for without tiring – then you need to breathe in between.
My friend convinced me that I will be able to swim and breathe too, only if I persist. And to cut long story short – yes, I was out of breath for a long time. But I did enjoyed the ability to swim for a longer time. My body adapted and learnt the tricks – my body is more powerful than I thought,
So it isn’t about the technique or the style – it matters. But it is about being okay with little to no progress. Because many people quit, just right before they are about to grow.
Next time, you see yourself with little progress over time then stick to it and give more practice. Because it will be all worth it.
Believe in yourself. I believe, in you.