I've been thinking about muscle memory. Most of the time, this is a great thing. Our bodies can remember how it feels to perform a pose, an exercise or a task at work almost without thinking at all. This instantaneous reaction allows you to bypass the learning curve and dive right into the work. How wonderful! Voluntary reactions can becoming almost involuntary with time and training.
But, is this always a good thing? Not always. In your workouts, relying on muscle memory, without mindfulness, becomes autopilot. Autopilot leads to inefficient workouts and sometimes worse, injury. At work the same can be true. Keeping your job on autopilot can make you fail to see opportunity, or fall into silly mistakes.
So, how do you hone your skills, your muscle memory, without falling into the autopilot trap? Try new things! New exercises, new teachers, new challenges at work will allow you to apply the knowledge you already have in a way that keeps your brain and body stimulated.
Muscle memory is a wonderful tool that should be used to help you grow into the next, greater challenge. Use the skills you've gained to build confidence to tackle the next mile, the next pose or the next project. Step out of the monotony. Do something new and do it with care. Finding the familiar in unfamiliar territory is how we adapt and grow.
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