The Inner Athlete Series

Since launching Will Athletic, I’ve enjoyed covering topics that really resonated with me over the years, and will hopefully bring value to others as well.

Following the post on the Inner Athlete back in week 2, I’ve been itching to dig back into this concept, since it is the core foundation of what Will Athletic is today and will be in the future.

So I want to take a step back and dedicate the next several posts to the foundational elements that create the Inner Athlete.  We will focus on the Inner Athlete as a whole today, and then take a deeper dive into each of those core elements over the next three weeks.

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Despite the strong desire most of us have to search out and find balance in our lives, we just don’t live in a balanced world.

Rather we must navigate a series of tensions (work and personal, friends and family, grind and recovery, etc.) both on and off the field.

There are times when we will need to put in more late nights away from family and friends to complete a big project or prep for the big game, while there will be other moments when we can kick back with our loved ones and enjoy our recovery time.  Yet I challenge us all to still pursue a balance – just in a different sense.

The Inner Athlete finds balance – not in the external world as mentioned above, but rather an internal balance.  A balance of body, mind and spirit.  A balance that allows the Inner Athlete to successfully compete in scenarios where any one if not all of those elements are challenged.

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The key lesson surrounding the Inner Athlete pursuing a balance between all three of these elements is grounded in the fact that we can’t reach our true potential in one of the three areas without dedicating ourselves to the other two.

For instance, you may bust your ass in the gym (body) every single day, but if you don’t have the mental fortitude (mind) and driving ‘why’ (spirit) behind your training then you won’t be able to push beyond what you believe to be your limits in order to meet and exceed your goals.  More likely you will burn yourself out and lose your motivation and return to old habits or become complacent.

Looking at this from another angle, you can spend every waking minute prepping for a game in film sessions or rehearsing a presentation (mind), but if you don’t take care of your body through proper training, nutrition, and recovery then you won’t be able to perform at the level you need to in order to effectively and successfully execute.  You will lack the endurance or sharpness and fail on the field or fail to impress in the board room.

The Inner Athlete dedicates him or herself to all three elements because they understand the benefits of the balance created when all three are working together and firing on all cylinders.  That Inner Athlete can and will meet the mental, physical, and spiritual demands and challenges of any situation thrown at them and execute with a strong passion and purpose.

To wrap up, the Inner Athlete is meant as a way to approach all aspects of your life.  If you are a student athlete, then the discipline of body, mind and spirit is just as important for your responsibilities on the field as it is for your time in the classroom and at home with your family. For those of us whose playing days on the field are over, the Inner Athlete is not just who we are in the board room, but is also who we are and strive to be with our family, friends, and our your personal life.

Simply put, through a focus on body, mind and spirit we will be our best and inspire others.

Looking ahead

Next week we will dig into the topic of the body and focus on the importance of training, nutrition, and recovery.  No matter if you spend most days at a desk or training for your next game, a focus on the body is paramount to success no matter what your situation.

I want to be clear that embracing and realizing your Inner Athlete through an intense focus on body, mind and spirit is not easy.  Nothing truly meaningful in life ever is.  Yet I promise, it will be worth it!

Discussion Question: What element of the Inner Athlete do you feel you are strongest?  Which area do you need to dedicate yourself to improving?

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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