Flex Your Flux

Big Five by James Jean | Some lion-rhino-beast-jaguar-elephant shit

I really liked the article posted on DTP’s site last week. The one right herrr. I really love the message of the article – well, the Chinese philosophers – not only because it resonates with my belief of my own experience, but because it’s also just so fucking poetic. Who we are is in constant flux, from day-to-day, from moment-to-moment.

“Live with a constant awareness of the ever-changing world and your ever-shifting self. Train your mind to stay open and constantly take into account all the complex stuff that is you.” -Puett & Gross-Loh

It turns out science is on the side of Confucius. This article is all about findings from research comparing the fixed mindset vs the growth mindset. How the idea of conforming/restricting ourselves to fit within what we believe ourselves to be compares to the outcomes when we allowing our idea of self to adapt as we grow and learn.

“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you?” -Carol Dweck

I’ve noticed that my mindset can vary depending on the sphere; I’m willing to take risks here, but less so over here. Reading this stuff is a good reminder, that mindset is like a movement pattern, it can be modified and trained.

16 April | Sa
Get moving | 3x
GA squats x 10
SL Elev squat x 8 ea
Scaption x 8
K2E x 8

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Power clean x 3 + FS @ 95#
DUs x 30
Wall walk x 2

Stretch | 20:00

Came in the gym Saturday morning with the intention to just roll through. Did that. Excellent sleep Saturday night and rest day Sunday has me set up for a good start to the week. 

One of the points that stuck with me from The College of Chinese Wisdom, was the section on the practice of “as if” rituals – deviating from our normative behaviors to break from unproductive patterns. Deliberately acting out of character.


This week my personal “as if” is gonna be not watching TV/internet (Do we still call it TV when it’s streaming? These are hard questions.) As my list of ‘want-to-read’s grows, I need to shut off the fucking Netflix. Read and chill. Less poetic, more productive.


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