Today we take on the first part of what it means to be Recoverable and breakdown two critical aspects; Recovery Points and Recovery Periods. I talk you through how to develop and integrate them into everyday life.
Now.. on to today’s focus: RECOVERY!
If there is ANYTHING I’ve learned over my life it’s that RECOVERY is the most important thing you will ever learn and do!
You see, resilience, or being resilient, in my book is being recoverable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It means whatever shows up you can find a way to navigate through. The breath work we just spent 3 days on is a MAJOR component of that so stay on it, and I mean STAY ON IT!
Think about recovery as if you were in the ring with Mohammed Ali. He’s going to kick the shit out of you and all you have to do is make it through 12 rounds, that’s it. How will you do it? You’ll need to be able to take the punch and recover, keep your feet under you and move.
Life is no different – at work or at home. It will hit you in the face, kick you in the ass, jab you in the ribs and box you in the corner. You win when you can recover, assess, see the action and take the action that gets you where you want to be.
I recently had Charlie Engle on Mindset Radio. He’s the guy that ran across the Sahara Desert which basically equated to two marathons a day for 111 days straight. Think about that for a minute! It wasn’t about how fast, it was about how far AND completing his mission.
The run wasn’t planned on time or on how fast he could do it. It was planned based on how he would create points of recovery. How we would maintain a pace that worked. When and where he would rest. When he would push and when he would cruise.
Our lives are built to go fast, do crazy shit and get things done. It’s who we are. But in order to sustain that, we need to learn what it means to BE RECOVERABLE.
When you look at “recoverable” as a way you are, a way of being (as in, I am recoverable), it’s a persistent action. It always exists so you always are, you don’t have to go looking for it when you need it. Recovery comes in micro doses, short moments, seconds; not minutes, hours or days. It’s an “in-action” effort. It’s the release of energy before pressing the trigger, it’s the breath before lifting the weight, it’s the pause before kicking in the door.
I once said the thing I’ve noticed that separates the top 1% from the top 10% is their ability, willingness and understanding of when to pause. Recovery gives you access to re-orienting yourself to the conditions and choosing your next action.
Over the next two days I’m going to give you two very distinct techniques for recovery. Use them! Integrate them! they will make a difference.
Ok, so this recoverable thing I’m talking about… how do you do it?
Recovery is an action. It’s an active participation in giving yourself what you need in a particular moment in time. There are two ways to implement recovery. First, there are RECOVERY PERIODS (which we’ll talk about today) and RECOVERY POINTS which will be our focus tomorrow.
Recovery Periods… what are they? How do I create them? What value do I get?
A Recovery Period is a designated and known period of time that you can dedicate a minimum of five minutes to yourself without distraction in order to rest, restore and relax your central nervous system (CNS). When you do this, you are opening up what I like to call your cognitive aperture which improves your ability to take in and process information so you can make better decisions leading to better actions.
Now.. take an inventory of your day. Where can you plan a Recovery Period (RPD)? Maybe on your drive to and from work? Maybe a designated break period? Maybe before bed?
I highly recommend you plan them at natural transition points. Even if you can’t get a full five minutes, take what you can get!
Recovery Points (RPTs)
Listen… our life is about taking it when we can get it. Understanding how to leverage recovery points is no different!
Different than recovery periods (RPDs) where you have designated AND dedicated time to recover from your day, recovery points (RPTs) are your “on-the-go” or “go-to” moments that will keep your head (and body) in the game!
A recovery point can be 5 seconds to 5 minutes. There’s no time limit here, it’s just about breath and reset! You can even do it in action… let’s say the tones go off, you hop in the fire truck and are screaming down the road, guess what? Recovery Point! You have a moment to do your belly breathing and get your head in the game. Or, maybe you’re in a high speed pursuit, guess what? Yep, Recovery Point! Take that opportunity to breath as you increase your focus and attention on the things around you.
When you take a recovery point, you are putting yourself in the conditions (mentally and physically) you need to be in for this moment and the next. You are actively balancing your systems and allowing your body to be awesome and ready for anything.
If you don’t, well, it’s kind of like trying to outrun your headlights. You’ll eventually crash and burn.
Now… get your shit together and take them when you can!
Breathe, Breathe, Breathe
That’s exactly what I need you to do!
Hop over to the facebook group today and tell us how it’s going. After you’ve had your first recovery point, what was different? Share, Share, Share!
P.S. Check out my article on CRB’s and conditional rhythmic breathing if you haven’t already read it!