8. Do everything with intention—be proactive versus reactive.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” –Leonardo Da Vinci
This is a quote that I connect deeply with. I know I’m a fighter, but often feel like I’m just taking the blows. I have high expectations of everyone, including myself, and the fear of messing up has created a certain disposition within me that has affected everything from athletics to my professional life. I am slow, methodical, thorough, careful, grounded and prepared. I remember my coach told me on the field that I had to get my feet moving and not be so firmly planted on the ground. My manager told me the same thing when I worked as a waitress. And even now, though I’m not blocking shots and screwing up orders, slowing down does not help me when times get tough at my current job.
And it doesn’t work when working out, either. So much of lifting is about doing the exercise with intention. Once you have the correct form down, it’s time to get into the swing of it and get momentum going. Exercising with intention helps activate your muscles. Walk like you’re going somewhere, punch like there’s something to hit, and at the end of those squats I better see a THRUST! Don’t just react and go through the motions, go out and happen to things. Thanks, Da Vinci.