"I've heard it all before."
We've all thought this before.
Maybe it was in your sport or training. Maybe it was at work or in school.
I heard it the other day.
The term "Know it all" sprang to mind.
I could immediately empathise and at the same time it signalled an alarm for me.
The moment this phrase or feeling springs to mind, rightly or wrongly, we switch off.
I had a friend who found no better way to relax than to drive to an open stretch of water and watch the current flow by.
I'm sure in the winter, sat there for any amount of time without the heat on, the car windows start to ice over and the water is no longer visible.
If you really felt like you'd seen it all before, you may be lazy and just sit there and zone out.
Here's the thing.
"No man ever steps in the same river twice." Heraclitus
The water is ever changing.
The banks erode imperceptibly but undeniably over time.
New wildlife comes and goes in the currents.
Switched off in your iced over box, Jaws or The Loch Ness Monster could pass you by and you wouldn't see them.
Without your senses wide open, you will miss things.
And yet I'm not advocating being open to everything.
If you were looking for The Loch Ness Monster, putting yourself in a good environment to find it is essential.
Dedicating your attention to Loch Ness would be paramount. Maybe you'd search some nearby Lochs too.
But the Nile?
Probably not so important to keep your eyes open for it there.
There is one environment its always worth paying attention to if you want to be a better athlete.
You cannot leave you.
You are your body (amongst other arbitrary divisions) 24/7.
And as an athlete, maybe even more so than a non-athlete, that is a very important thing to pay attention to.
As soon as you feel and think that you know what you are doing, you have probably stopped developing.
If you think your skills are complete or your bodily functionality is complete, they are...for you.
Where as if you pay attention to what you do, you will keep finding little extra bits here and there.
And you know how important those extra bits are when we're in the game of fractions of degrees, seconds and forces.
Attention or attending more to your game can be one of the biggest game changers you will ever come across.
Really feel what you're doing the next time you train. Pay close attention. Like every action is a completely new one.
I'll give you some more over the next few days on this.
Arton "Never the same river twice" Baleci