As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been training to gain back some muscle and strength. It’s coming, slow but sure.
So I had a chance to test my new muscles and slightly leaner frame a few weeks ago when I golfed with some friends. I walked without tiring as much as before, I swung the club harder, hit the ball farther…and then you know what happened?
I strained my back.
Couldn’t finish the game.
I didn’t account for my new extended reach. I forgot to tell my back to expect the unexpected.
Here’s some things that taught me:
1. Don’t take your growth for granted.
Don’t automatically assume your improvement is going to take care of itself. Pay attention to how it will relate to the rest of your life, your work, your craft. Everything you do must work together, but you must plan for that.
2. Balance is the key to stay healthy.
You can’t just reach for the tallest mountain without having a well-rounded mind, body, and spirit. Keep one area stronger than the other, and you’ll find your “back” tweaking when you push beyond your limits. Take inventory. Is everything ready?
3. Stretch consistently
This is one thing I neglected to do that day my back couldn’t keep up with the rest of my body. If it’s a big job you are facing, you’ll need to have stretched more. Are you about to tackle a big chunk of writing, or preparing to mentor someone, or give a speech? Don’t attempt the challenge without stretching accordingly. Pray, rest, practice.
Now some of this sounds sort of obscure. But I think you’ll know how to apply it to your situation. Just be careful. Don’t hurt yourself.
But keep reaching.