The Mental Realm
“To see things in the Seed, that is genius.”
Welcome to our “In the Seed” blog and thank you kindly for visiting our fine TWI wrestling website.
I’d like to thank Mr. Houston for this opportunity to write on this awesome and ever growing TWI website and FB page and sincerely hope our readers enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing for them.
One of our biggest hopes in this little corner of the site is to continually offer our readers some concise, informative and hopefully thought-provoking articles/posts that not only engage and entertain, but detail productive ways to help bump up their wrestling game.
I do hope you visit us often, and please feel free to add your knowledge, insight and reactions to the topics if you get a free moment as we’d love to hear them. The more thoughts, ideas and energy the merrier.
Moreover, due the nature of the ensuing material, and the personal belief that typically the bulk of wrestling attention is gets placed on the Technical and Physical Realms, this “In the Seed” blog will tend to focus mostly but not exclusively on the Mental Realm.
As it’s my one of my favorite ideas, In the Seed might have a hint of ‘work smarter not harder’ philosophy mixed in there as well.
But for certain it’s our definite major purpose, no matter the topic, be it the Mental, Physical or Technical and beyond is specifically designed to be “In the Seed.”
“In the Seed” is maximum potency – it doesn’t get more potent than that.
For this reason it seems focusing on it may be a wise idea, most of which are totally obvious and easy as a half-nelson.
For example, few would probably argue against the notion the best place to start anything is at “the beginning.”
“The beginning” is oft considered the most effective and efficient place to start for many reasons, one of which may be not having to go back and forth in time, which can be confusing and problematic to both student and teacher.
Moreover, if the teacher or student is confused or involved in problem, it becomes totally impossible for the student to be ready ergo teacher to arrive.
The raw logic of beginning any project at “the beginning” or in other words, “In the Seed” is common sense for sure, but as the saying goes, “simple ain’t always easy.”
Of the three big realms of wrestling, Physical, Technical and Mental, perhaps the Mental realm is the one with the most power. Due it’s relatively untapped status, I also feel the Mental realm is not only contains the most power, but might also be the final frontier and/or the future of wrestling…now.
A Little History
Love it… believe it… practice it or not, the 2006 popular book/film The Law of Attraction seemed to attract the attention of many minds all over the sports world and beyond.
In what some thought a bit of an upset, the quasi ‘out-there’ notion taught in The Secret utilizing not much more than one’s mind, with the occasional assist by a simple pen and paper to actually and literally attract things we want (including wrestling titles) managed to catch the attention of Main St. USA in many cities and towns across the map.
Moreover, and unless you’ve been locked away in a sauna somewhere, you’ve seen, heard and perhaps know, by the time all was said and done, The Secret managed to foot-sweep the entire globe to its back.
Hence over the past eight years, many more fine folks including a cross-face cradle of wrestling aficionados have consistently and literally been warming up to the apparently ocean of booming benefits the Mental Realm has to offer.
Perhaps another intriguing aspect of wrestling’s Mental Realm is the idea that to some The Secret wasn’t actually much of a secret. (Shhhh….something’s only a secret if others don’t know it.) Honorably, respectfully and successfully it seems a few of wrestling’s brightest had already scaled the mental wall and as a result they’ve been experiencing extraordinary success.
Beginning today, and over the next several weeks, we’ll talk about this somewhat mysterious but always intriguing “Mental Realm” of wrestling and kick off what we hope to be a spectacular journey into wrestling’s inner works.
In 40 plus years, I’ve been honored and fortunate enough to see many changes in the world’s oldest and greatest sport. Some of these changes took place long ago, some recently, and some are in motion as we speak. Many of them are very positive and productive but one thing for sure, the changes never seems to stop coming.
If were put on the spot and forced to share what I feel is the #1 biggest change or “shift” taking place throughout the sport of wrestling today, it wouldn’t take me longer than a touch fall because at least to me it seems a no-brainer.
Imho, the biggest and most important wrestling shift happening in the wrestling world today, especially at the college level, is actually and uniquely tied to all three areas of wrestling – Physical, Mental and Technical – which makes it even more intriguing. And potent of course.
The one word?
Balance seems to be one of the hottest things going in wrestling today.
I personally find it interesting those coaches who are the most active and successful in utilizing the Mental Realm to produce their athletes, wrestlers or not, seem to give great respect to the benefits of a balanced mind/body relationship.
Moreover, on the flip-side, seems if the mind/body relationship is even a tiny bit unbalanced, we do run a small risk of operating with a healthy dose of un-welcomed, counter-productivity.
If this happens, unfortunately much of our time and energy actually takes us backward and further away from our goal. Few things are more frustrating and less productive than counter productive.
Furthermore, I tend to agree with a growing contingent who believe this “balanced” approach is unanimous and true in all sports no matter on the field, pool, pitch, diamond, mat, court or dome. In other words, in the wide-and-wild world of sports, balance seems foundational.
From what I see at least as far is wrestling is concerned, balance has become yesterday’s intensity.
Okay, this is a good place to stop as we can expand on that idea next time and hopefully continue our journey to wrestling’s inner works. I do hope you got something out of the post and perhaps causes you to think about a few things regarding our sport.
Until then, remember to think in the seed but outside the box.
Stay true and stay wrestling!