Sorting Out the Hidden Message in the Adversity (Part 1)

index 35Mental toughness training requires a lot of reflection time. You must confront your past with the hard questions. At first, it may be too painful, but if you distance yourself and give it some time in between, you can gain a strong perspective and further your mental toughness growth. By revisiting the painful situation, you can break the code that was meant for you to learn.  You got to look hard for the pieces to the puzzle to help explain the craziness that you just got through with. As you delve, always remind yourself of the mental toughness creed – “Turn any disadvantage to an advantage.”

There has to be a reason for you to go through the pain that you just did. You need to have this attitude that all adversity is nothing but a blessing in a damn disguise.  It may only be just one thing or that you got out of the painful event, but “that one thing” will be worth all the damn misery. This is an extreme point of view, but if you have an open mind, suffering has way to teach of teaching us mental toughness issues that we just couldn’t learn any other way.

Having a positive outlook will help you decipher the powerful message that was meant for you to understand and gain self-knowledge.   What didn’t kill you sure can make you feel more alive and load your incentive to turn the tables on those that tried to take a huge chunk of your life away. That’s a hell of lot of motivation to better oneself and all out refusal to let external factors puncture your soul.  It’s the ironic power of adversity. You took the hit, recover and came through with a compelling human lesson. Now it’s time to move on.

I’m not saying there must be something good in every tragedy. There could be nothing positive when a parent loses child or other situations when we lose a love one. But, a tragedy in itself is never a finish product. What is crucial is how we recover and come back after a major adversity when you have a crisis with your spirit. You must learn to answer back and close the chapter on your terms. This is what great resilience is all about. With time and a lot of self-reflection, you can look at the heartbreaking event and see how certain factors can motivate you to come back stronger and not weaker.

This process is very objective, which is a good thing. It all comes down to how well you can interpret the situation to your gain by reversing any negative outcome to some sort of character strength building experience. The end result is, life goes on so you must go forward while keeping your eye on the big picture. Remember that you must go on no matter how bad you think it is. Your character is forged in the fires of tragedies and the whole point of this training is to discover a capacity of strength in you in all areas of your life that you never knew existed. By doing so, you are honing in on a positive mind-set that is crucial and much needed to strong mind development.

(To be continued)

Today’s Litvinov WOD –

6 sets

Front squats – 5 reps

Pull-ups – 6 reps

400 meter run.

I want you to make a mental shift today when you do this WOD. Usually when there is a run aspect to a WOD, most people passively jog without my intensity. This is usually the part of the WOD where one mistakenly thinks they can “rest” and take it easy. Needless to say, this is a huge cop out as being intense only “part of the time” with a WOD is not enough. The challenge for you today is to bring on the intensity throughout the entire WOD. There is no let up today in the WOD until you are done with the run.

For this Litvinov workout, I want you to crank up the run and go much harder than normal. I want you to have the mindset of an intimidator today. In order to do that, you want to run like you are trying to chase somebody down. Instead of being the prey, I want you to be the aggressive hunter. Bring some intensity and vigor to the 400 meter. Half way through the run, I would you to pick up the pace even more. By the time you reach the last 100 yards or so, give it all you got by sprinting to the finish line.

There’s something about running harder than normal and sprinting that will trigger the intimidator in you. Today, there is no holding back with the 400 meter. If you finish the run and is not hunched over and breathing heavily, you didn’t run hard enough. Remember the shift in your mindset today – you are the hunter, the intimidator. This mindset comes from finishing the rounds hard and with as much effort as possible. The hunter runs after his prey with fire and purpose in his eyes. You can’t find the intimidator in yourself by trotting slow as hell to the end point. You must always finish the run with your greatest effort. You must run as if you are going after the enemy that done you wrong. By doing so, it will trigger the animalistic rage in yourself that is needed if you want to go to the next level of being the aggressor.

This relentless mindset is what you are after and must be shown through your actions of the front squat, pull-ups, but today it must be especially expressed through the run. The challenge for you today is to make a statement with your running. It is not your weak link in the WOD. Make it your strength by finishing each round as aggressively as you can.

Sprinting and running hard symbolizes power. It is not the literal speed that is importance, but the intent that you will give it all you got. By being relentless with the run all the way to the end, it will trigger a sense of power and domination that will bring any intimidating figure down to his knees.

Scale back version of this WOD –

1. Doing only 4 sets.

2. Omit the pull-ups.

Acceptable alternatives for this WOD –

1.  Use a Woody band for the assisted pull-ups

2. Horizontal body rows can be done instead of the pull-ups. They look like this – images (18)

3. Jumping pull-ups are good too. Here’s what they look like – download (2)

4. You can do back squats in place of the front squats.

5. You can run in place or do jumping jacks for 30 seconds instead of the 400 meter run. Also, 10 burpees or one minute of jump rope are acceptable alternative to the 400 meter run.