Rest with Intent — It Compounds


Being purposeful comes with an advantage

Josh Waitzkin won the world Tai Chi (push hands) championship. Doesn’t sound surprising, until you realize that Josh grew up playing chess, not as a competitive fighter.

One thing that Josh took with him from the chess world to competitive fighting was the intent.

He used it for each part of the fight. One thing that stood out to me was how he changed how he recovered between rounds.

Usually, when tired, most of us put our hands on our knees or have a seat. Josh didn’t do that.

In between rounds he laid on the ground. Flat, as if he were going to sleep.

It’s a smarter way to recover. It’s intentional.

The difference between that and the usual method is tiny. Even so, since this was a continual fight, that advantage compounded. By the time the fighters reached the end of the fight, that little edge had made a huge difference. It propelled Josh to beat his highly skilled opponent.

Sure it looked silly to his opponents at the time.

The thing is, no one remembers how you recovered between rounds. They just remember how you fought.

When we work, we have to think about, with intent, how we rest. We have to beat back the idea of “silly” or making sure we conform to an unwritten standard.

Being intentional when you aren’t working compounds results when you are.

Originally published at Life As Usual.

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