There’s three lessons I learned from competing and training for American Ninja Warrior:
- Set a goal of what you want to accomplish,
- Practice for it,
- Then, go for it 100%.
This applies to getting past an obstacle, but also any goal in life.
To do the salmon ladder, you have to set a goal in your mind that it’s something you want to be able to do. Then, you have to practice. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t do it at all, and it scared me a little. So, I did more pull ups and got to the point I knew I was strong enough. Then, when I went back I practiced moving the bar and tried going for it, but I was still scared. So, then I got the help of a fellow ninja with rigging a weighted harness that took 5-10 lbs of my weight and would catch me if I fell. It gave me the confidence to go for it, and then I could do it without the weight. I happened to break a rung on the salmon ladder I was practicing on that day, more likely due to a pre-existing crack than my mighty salmon ladder-ing. After that I went for it 100% every time I attempted it, and got the point where I could do one more rung consecutively every time I practiced.
I think about the same lesson with my #lifegoals. I set my sights on a new job at work, did the research on what the job entailed, then went for the big ask. It virtually applies to everything:
Set a Goal, Practice, Give it 100%.
I’d love to hear what kind of lessons you’ve learned from pursuits in fitness – please share in the comments!