Archer Fitness seems like such an out of place name for this page, at first. Personally, I’ve never touched a bow in my life. And you don’t really hear much about archers undergoing any sort of grueling physical training. Why didn’t I pick something more intense? Die hard training? Monster training? Walking through a pool filled with lego’s training? (the most hardcore thing I could come up with).
I didn’t pick anything hardcore or insane because, frankly, that’s not what I’m about. That’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about more than just physical development. It’s about you. It’s about how YOU develop. What works for YOU. What makes YOU the most powerful version of yourself? These are the questions we try to unravel here. Which brings me to why I chose the archer as the model for this blog.
Aim, focus, execute. It’s more than just a snazzy line. These words are a way of life. Before beginning your journey, you must have a goal. If you don’t know what you want, it’s going to be quite hard to get it. While mindlessly wandering through life is often something we need to decompress and rediscover ourselves, it should by no means be how we consistently move through life. If you haven’t figured out what you want yet, no worries. There’s no time limit for this sort of thing. That being said, start exploring the world you live in. Really exploring. Give yourself permission to try things and figure out what works for you. Trust me, once you know where your target is, it gets a lot easier to hit it (did you catch the archery reference there?).
Focus is the meat and potatoes of this process, and not just because it happens to be in the middle. Focus is a huge part of not only knowing how to move forward, but when and why to move forward. Focus is what gets you out of bed every morning way before your roommates get up. It’s what stops you from eating that free pizza. It’s the little voice in your head that says “just a little bit more…” I could (and probably will) write an entire article on Focus, but to keep this as brief as possible, Focus is your character. The drive that you exhibit day in and day out. NOTE: Focus isn’t about being perfect 365 days a year; it’s about trying.
So the archer finds his target, raises and loads his bow, relaxes his body and…
Execute is literally the most important part of this philosophy. Hands down. All the soul searching and training in the world won’t mean a thing if you don’t have the confidence to do the darn thing. Execution is often a pretty scary thing. After all, even if you have a great vision for yourself and you’ve prepared yourself as best you think you can, you could still fail. You could fail miserably and completely look foolish. And you know what? That is so totally okay.
Seriously. Failing is such a huge part of life that avoiding it means you might as well not be living. My mom has started and failed 7 small businesses in her life time. And she is still standing. See, you can’t expect to succeed until you fail a bit. You always hear the stories of professionals who fail before they succeed. That’s more than just feel-good talk; these people genuinely fell on their faces in the concrete before they got a lucky break. Be prepared for the occasional failure. And then take the shot anyway. Because if you don’t miss…well, I don’t need to tell you how awesome that is.
So, there you have it. Aim, focus, execute. The building blocks of archery and the keys to building a happier, stronger you. Feel free to follow me for more posts on fitness, lifestyle philosophy and general inspiration. Thanks for reading! Ciao!