Sitting…On Top Of The World

When I make it to the top of the world…I’m going to just sit there…and dangle my legs off it.
I’m not going to tell anybody…or even make them aware of the fact I made it.

I’m not going to gloat…to boast…show off…take a selfie…or post about it in any way…shape…or form.

I’m going to stay silent within my own mind…my own thoughts…my own pride…and valour…looking down…rejoicing on that beautiful journey…that beautiful struggle I always knew…would provide me what I needed in life.

I’ll harbour love in my heart and a smile on my face…soaking up every square inch of that atmosphere…knowing that I never let anybody beat or keep me down…not even myself or the complexities of my own mind!

I’ll take with me the thought of each and every single person that I’ve ever loved…or has ever looked out for me…in the hope…they made it before I did.

(Mr Cleaver…The last of the mohicans…part of the True 1%)

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Baby Steps…We all need them.

I was watching one of the Barbershop films the other day and Cedric The Entertainer dropped the line “Baby steps”…on one of his co workers getting ahead of themselves.

It got me thinking.

The more I thought about it and the more I applied it to what I do as a performance soft tissue therapist…correctional exercise specialist…and trainer…the more I saw how it was actually the heart…at the epicenter of my system and ethos.

The more I further…thought about it…I started to realise how “Baby Steps” transferred to the real world…to each and every single one of our lives…on a daily basis.

I considered the power they held and the benefit to having that ideology in the forefront of your mind.

What are you talking about I hear you say?

Well I mean it in the conventional manner…but I also…don’t?

Look at it this way…what does a baby do…it progresses.

It learns…it grows…it develops.

It doesn’t do it overnight…but over extended periods of time…over sustained instances of failure…which amalgamate and culminate into a success…a forward progression.

A baby first starts to crawl before it can walk…but to me the devil is in the detail.

They have to learn and perfect how to crawl…before they learn how to stand…they then have to learn how to balance and stand…before they learn how to walk.

It is a cycle of sustained resiliency in the name of constant progression…developed from exploration…expression…free will…inquisitiveness…adaptability…and most importantly…failure.

Getting up every time they fall down…a great analogy for life hey?

Here is where the clinical side of me and what I do comes out.

What I described to you there is the true formula of how to succeed in any endeavour you wish to realistically pursue…so…never…ever forget about the baby steps.

I don’t just mean this is relevant to people at the beginning of their journey…because it is perhaps just as much…if not more relevant to people who already have the experience in their field.

What we tend do for example as human beings…is learn to crawl…learn…to stand…learn to walk…then forget about it for the rest of our lives once it becomes a natural motor skill.

This is when and why we develop dysfunction…compensation…postural deviation…and injury…because we forget about the baby steps and progress to more advancement…once we progress to more advancement…we tend to forget that what got us there in the first place…is what needs to be continuously developed and maintained.

Without what got us there in the first place…there is no progression…or if there is…it produces little to no longevity.

For example…when you learn how to ride a bike…or skate…or play football…it’s advancement…but…every motor skill and functional ability needed to crawl…stand…balance…and walk…is still needed.

Not only are they still needed…they are the basis for what it is you are no attempting…or doing.

The better you are…the sharper you are…the more efficient you are at those basics…the better you are at riding that bike…controlling those skates…shooting that ball etc.

The better you maintain…the better you continue.

A structure is always built on a foundation of support and integrity.

Where I differ with the conventional interpretation of “Baby steps” is by suggesting that they are in fact the actual steps needed…the blue print…foundation…and neccesity of any endeavour you pursue…no matter your level or experience.

We have to keep going back to those basics…keeping them integral…to allow us to keep developing our skills.

It is exactly why you have a service and an M.O.T. test on your car…because no matter the engineering…no matter the speed…performance…make…or power…it’s the baby steps that go into making that car run that matter.

If you don’t maintain the levels of oil needed…the correct pressure in your tyres…drive it responsibly etc etc…your car won’t run…or it will until there is a problem that stops it in it’s tracks.

The last example I’ll leave you with is this…

When somebody comes to me who wants to learn how to squat but physiologically can’t…the squat automatically becomes the advancement.

I will perform specific movement screens…R.O.M. tests and palpation to assess the restrictions…and try to figure out why…but if they can’t squat…I’m not going to get them to.

The reason I’m not going to get them to do it…is because they can’t?

If they can’t structurally or physiologically get into the position…I’m going to address the way they walk…stand…sit etc…before I move on to patterning a functional squat.

I’m going to address the baby steps…the true mechanics that allow for the advancement.

I’m also going to advise that those same steps be put…indefinitely…before any want for individual exercise progression to ensure consisent progression…maintainance and longevity.

The last part of this post…is this…

If you take that previous example…during the process of rehabilitation I will use some very advanced techniques and treatment methods…which are also naturally the advancement in this situation on my side…but it is the movement screening and palpation that allows the process to begin and continue with the client.

Without those we would never know how to exit the cycle of dysfunction.

This is what I always fall back on…regardless of how technical some of the things I can do are.