Updated: Apr 18, 2020
"The Obstacle Is the Way"
A mindset introduced to me by Ryan Holiday as we sat in our football locker room reading the book as a team during a grueling two a day. This mindset is something that opened my eyes to an entirely different realm of how to look at the world. How could you make positives out of negatives? How could you grow while your competition stuttered? How could you create a winning edge out of anything?
It was a mindset that helped me go from a 7th string injured and nonathletic football player to an All-American. One that has helped me deal with the pressures of being a very young collegiate strength coach. One that has allowed me to push through starting a business and the struggles that involves. One that I hope helps us through this tough period of time we are currently in.
When I speak on this subject, I will mostly be talking about my main clientele and athlete group, which is collegiate American football players, but I hope that mindset is something all athletes can take into this period, whether they lost their spring ball or their season, there is a way to make a positive out of this.
In Football, The Obstacle Is Quite Literally The Way.
So what is the positive we can take out of this?
Well, honestly, I think it could be one of the best things that could have happened to our athletes for their development, in a long time, if it is approached in the correct way.
To understand why, lets talk about the current, typical athlete that shows up on campus.
The year is 2020, no longer are kids growing up, playing, learning how to use their bodies and developing a foundation of underpinning athletic qualities. Kids are specialized from the moment they show an ounce of potential in a sport. For football this means getting into as many camps as possible, 7 on 7’s, practice and games for middle school on. AND, I don’t even believe this is the worst part of it, because, at a bare minimum, they are moving, sprinting and playing in this time. The worst part, and bear with me strength coaches, is that in their off-season they are thrown into a weight room. A barbell or dumbbell is handed to them and they are told they need to get “Bigger, stronger and faster!”