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It takes time

13 July 2016 No Comment

This bougainvillea plant has taken 10yrs to reach this state. One of my neighbours called in the other day to ask me why his Bougainvilleas are not flowering like mine, what am I feeding them on? The simple answer is I’m using the same fertiliser  as he is, it’s just mine have had time to develop. More fertiliser is not the answer, it’ll likely only harm the plants.

All of the ones in the garden above have had one year of establishment and care. His were planted only three months ago and he’s disappointed with their progress. He’s just being impatient, I have the same issue with lots of athletes. Everyone wants it now, they want to go straight onto specialisation, before they have a big enough base to support it.

Last Friday I had the neighbour wanting his bougainvilleas to be performing like older more established ones. Yesterday I had an athlete who is really still in the early years of development, a time where he should be more focused on developing the best technique in each sport, and building the core strength which will support the strength he will eventually gain through progressive training. Yet he wants to be doing more specialised work.

Engineers go to lots of trouble to get the foundations right, before the building progresses to any height. In martial arts, the instructor grinds in hours of basics, in fact it’s during this stage where martial arts lose all but the dedicated. The dedicated student will happily do the groundwork, and master the basic moves way before advancing to the showy stuff. The “martial arts tourist” will give it away and be on his second or third interest by time the dedicated student has mastered the ground work.

I spent nearly four years in a karate club, in that time I couldn’t count the number of new members that came and went. There was a “hard core” of about a dozen of us who stuck at it. We used to dread the arrival of a couple of new guys. It always meant that the whole squad had to go through the killer core strength session, followed by the bare foot run around the neighbourhood. It was the sensai’s  way of weeding out the uncommitted. After a while it became a challenge for the established guys to suffer through the session without showing any discomfort. Not many new guys stayed, it was like a one night boot camp.

In our sport, we all want to get better fast. If we’re patient and realise it will take years to reach our potential, we can pace ourselves. Spend the time perfecting technique, building strength gradually, and we’ll find we’ll spend a lot less time sick or injured. Most injuries come from either, poor technique, lack of core strength or doing too much too soon. It’s often poor guidance or impatience which keeps the physios in business.

Patience is a hard product to sell. Whether it’s to gardeners or athletes, not many are prepared to wait for the results.

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