Try to Get Down the Stairs on All Fours

Even if you ever tried to climb the stairs on all fours just for fun or ‘cause you actually needed it it’s quite unlikely you have ever tried to go down the stairs the same way. Go ahead; I will wait here until you test it – as long as you don’t blame me after landing on your neck.

down the stairs

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I have already written here about the comfort zone and the motivational speakers who are supposed to change your life at the first view. However, today I want to talk about progress.

The type of progress that puts some your brain into motion and to which we owe evolving from starting the fire with flint, up to modern times when the fireplace is controlled by an app.

When you do the same thing for many times, you end up doing it really well, close to perfection. Or at least reach the level of perfection you hope for, when you’re at the starting point.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee

When you are doing something completely new, the first to react is the brain. It will tell that you should go back to your old habits. The brain is programmed this way, to advise us not to skydive, not to argue with the boss, not leave the comfort zone and definitely not go down the stairs on all fours.

What can you do to challenge your brain:

Write with your left hand (if you are right-handed) or the other way round if you are left-handed;

Walk backwards on your treadmill;

Learn to play an instrument;

Learn basic words in many languages. Google Translate has the option of tracking last year’s live conversations;

Learn classical or really odd dances;

Walk down the stairs on all fours, of course.

Sometimes we manage to re-write our initial programming and overcome our limitations, but most of the times, our addiction to convenience and the “comfort zone” is stronger.

Good luck succeeding!

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