We move at many different speeds throughout the day from sitting at the computer going 0 MPH to driving on the interstate going 75 MPH. In my youth, I loved moving slow and dawdling. I became highly proficient at it.
Over the years, I have slowly (imagine that) discovered that in the course of daily life crisis situations requiring speed, calmness and focus often arise. These crisis situations could be what we traditionally consider an emergency. But much more often, they are situations that feel like a crisis as when we get exceedingly nervous as we give a performance of some type or produce a result.
Whether an actual crisis or an event that feels likes a crisis, these situations require speed, calmness and focus to manage skillfully at a time when we often feel least like being speedy, calm and focused.
Crisis and crisis-like situations occur in the course of everyday life. When I was younger, I avoided crisis as if it was a dirty fear-based word. Now I realize that dealing with a crisis or a crisis-like situation is simply an opportunity that requires practice, just like learning any other new skill.
One way to practice for a crisis or a crisis-like situation is by intentionally speeding up and intensifying our lives for limited periods of time. This way we can slowly build our Super Hero Crisis Preparedness Muscles.
Our exercise routines are a great venue for this practice. We can develop our physical fitness and our Super Hero Crisis Preparedness Muscles at the same time.
For example, just before New Years, I started taking Bikram Yoga classes several times a week. Bikram Yoga creates a circumstance, which in many respects resembles the intensity of a crisis or a crisis-like situation. A Bikram Yoga class lasts 90 minutes and combines a challenging exercise routine with a studio heated to 105 degrees. I love this opportunity! In the class, I learn how to move with the speed of the routine, as well as, how to focus and remain calm under trying circumstances.
It’s very important to select an exercise to build your Super Hero Crisis Preparedness Muscles that suits you and does not challenge you to the extent that you feel like you are in the middle of an actual crisis. For example, the sport of boxing would not be a good choice for me because I would feel very much like I was in the middle of an actual unfolding crisis as I got hit in the face.
Our Super Hero Crisis Preparedness Exercise Routine can be challenging enough that it demands our focus, calmness and encourages us to move at a faster speed than we are used to, but not so overwhelming that we injure ourselves or cause ourselves sickness as a result.
The fruit of building our Super Hero Crisis Preparedness Muscles comes when we are able to move into the crisis or crisis-like situations that daily life sometimes offers with speed, calmness and focus. We can learn to approach crisis or crisis-like situations as opportunities to use our Super Hero Crisis Preparedness muscles.
Game of the Day
What would it be like to move into every crisis or crisis-like situation that daily life sometimes offers with speed, calmness and focus?
What exercise routine might you use to build your Super Hero Crisis Preparedness Muscles?
Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.