“Rear End” AMRAP 18: 60 Double Unders 45 Air Squats 21/15 Calorie Assault Bike 15 Push Jerks (135/95)
“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Zaglar It’s not uncommon for one to view soldiers as “robots”. As in, viewing them as emotionless beings, carrying out the mission at all costs. Unwavering through any circumstance. Like a machine. This is, of course, not the case. Instead, the soldier operates on a specific set of unconscious behaviors. Behaviors built through rigorous training, repeated countless times over. So much that, they’ve become automatic habits. He or she doesn’t even need to think about them. They just happen. We all have “things” about ourselves that we convince ourselves we can’t change. Sometimes they’ll show in justifications such as, “That’s just how I am”, or, “I don’t do well in those situations”. The missing link is our discipline here. We can apply the same tools we use in training double-unders to anything else. Identification, and disciplined training. We can train ourselves not to react with anger, so that we aren’t flustered at daily obstacles. We can train ourselves to shut off gossip, so that we don’t feed into an already poor situation. We can train ourselves in anything – every reaction, every emotional response - so long as, we have the discipline to do it. Although that sounds overly simple… it is. We know simple isn’t easy. This will take incredible amounts of work and grit. But think of the steady soldier on the battlefield. This did not happen by accident. We too, can train our behaviors. We just have to put in the work.