The movie "The Walk" is about Phillipe Petit and his highwire tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in New York on August 7, 1974. The thought of walking across a kite string 100's of feet in the air makes my hands get sweaty even when I'm writing this! But what I liked was that it showed how he did it. Not just the fact that he got a wire across the two buildings but the fact that he practiced on MUCH lower wires to get his skill up to be able to go to the next level and go higher and higher. The fact is that the skill it takes to do the super high wire isn't any different than if he was 4 feet off the ground. The only difference is the cost if he falls. The added pressure of HAVING to not mess up. Years of practice, years of comfort, years of making the movements on the wire second nature. This exact practice needs to happen in everything we do. To be your best at what you do, you need to master the basics and practice in a safe environment so that you can hone the skills needed for your task. Basic meaning that you understand that there are gradual steps from super simple to complex and you master each one before you move forward to the next. Safe meaning that the consequences aren't going to kill you. Let's say its trading stocks, you don't just drop your life savings into it. You start with little trades and learn how it works. You practice the skills and as you improve you gradually increase in difficulty. The same goes with your athletic movements in the gym. Practice and master on a lower level. This means the weight should be down so that you can get your body to move correctly, as you master these movements then the difficulty can increase. That may mean weight, or speed, or less modification. But know that just because you get the movement once, let's say its a muscle up, doesn't mean you are ready to race 30 muscle ups for time at the games! You need to set yourself up for success. Practice it. Make it become second nature. Increase your capacity in the movement or the skill. Increase the difficulty as you get better. Push yourself and be confident in the work you have put in so that you aren't nervous, worried or concerned. You can just go to work! But I still think I'll stick to a slack-line that's 3 feet high only though!!:)
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