“Be Water”

adapt a·dapt(Verb) aka “Be Water”

  1. Make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.
  2. Become adjusted to new conditions.

As athletes we are challenged to develop the ability to adapt (or not adapt) to changing external conditions (such as changes in the weather, the course change, gear , time, travel, competitors, etc.) and the residual internal changes that occur during sport competition. Just think about how much shifting and changing happens during a triathlon, and better yet in LIFE.

I love this quote from Bruce Lee and its relation to the power of mindfulness, adaptability, and sport. To master the ability to adapt to each situation as water does, not resisting but shaping and transforming to each and every moment, situation, and physical demand momentarily. Think about how fast water adapts to a cup, water bottle, sport nutrition mix, or tea pot. Do you think it’s possible for us athletes to be that sharp, adaptable, and wise? Do you think it’s possible detach from judgments, analyzations, and the self talk in order to “empty your mind” as a condition to be more adaptable? I think so…but as in physical training, this type of mental training takes practice and dedication, but reaps many rewards in life  and in sport.

This weekend tryout the mantra “Be water. Be here. Be now.” or some version of that. Help remind yourself to stay focused on the present moment and therefore adapt to “what is” not what “should be.”

Have a great weekend and SHINE ON:)

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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical sport psychologist, triathlete, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California. She works with elite athletes and sports teams across the country. She is a competitive athlete and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling.