How you can Improve Performance When Injured
When training, the highest priority is to reduce the chance of injury. Everything else comes at least a distant second.
Sometimes, injury happens and there isn’t anything you could have done about it.
There are clear distinctions between what it takes to be decent, what it takes to be good, and what it takes to be among the best. If your goal is to be mediocre, than you have a considerable margin for error. If your goal is to be great, you have very little margin for error.
Most people think injury is a setback. There are times when the body needs to heal, but those times are opportunities to improve the internal, or the technical side of things. It’s a chance to grow something that is normally overlooked because of the noise and static of externally motivated performance measures.
In releasing internal blockages, or creating new learnings, an increase in external performance will always materialise once the physiology has returned to normal. The benefit of being injured is that you are forced to pivot. You must look at alternate means to achieve the same outcome. By cultivating a beginners or growth mindset to operate from, you give yourself your best chance to build your new strategy in which to move forward.
Setbacks must deepen your resolve. Obstacles must spur you to creative new angles in the learning process.
There is an unfortunate correlation for some, between consistency and monotony. It’s easy to get caught up in the routines of our lives and to lose creativity. Excellence can’t be obtained by going through the motions, and an injury forces us to get imaginative.
A breeze will blow out a candle but fuel a fire. The stiffest tree is easily cracked, while bamboo bends with the wind. We all need to cultivate formlessness, and resilience to meet an injury head on. If you do in fact want something more than mediocrity, we have to see problems and setbacks as challenges and opportunities. We have to be fire, not a lit candle.