Let’s do an experiment. Look around the room and notice everything you can find that is blue. You have 30 seconds, 3,2,1..GO! How many things did you count?
Ok, now, without looking around again. How many red things did you notice within that 30 seconds?
None right? We only notice what we set out to notice. We can apply this concept to aspects of our everyday life. If you set out to notice how your co-worker has a bad attitude or how your kids constantly throw temper tantrums, then guess what? You will notice the bad attitude and temper tantrum. During a WOD if you set out to notice how bad it is going to hurt, then guess what you notice? How much it hurts.
When taking on our everyday life, sometimes our initial approach to a problem or a task isn’t always the best way. However, due to our own expectations or perhaps the false evidence that appears real to us (AKA F.E.A.R), we presume that their will be only one way to tackle the situation. But, if we choose to notice other aspects, more positive ones, within the situation, then perhaps we can change the way we view the entire thing.
Here is an example:
1. SET OUT TO NOTICE: I notice that 100 wall balls is not my favorite exercise and that they slow me down in WODs.
EXPERIENCE: 100 Wall balls hurts a lot and slows me down big time.
WHAT I COULD SET OUT TO NOTICE INSTEAD: My legs are really strong so doing 100 squats with light weight is easy.
WHAT I COULD EXPERIENCE: A feeling of strength during the wall balls because I notice how strong my legs are while holding this light weight ball.
OUTSIDE THE BOX WOD
-Consider a project you are working on, a problem you are encountering, or a relationship in your life. What do you tend to notice about that situation. Write everything down. Next step, take another view point and write down other things about the situation that you could choose to focus on instead. How has your perspective and/or attitude changed toward the situation?