As I write this entry, most of the world is living in isolation due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet, while the pandemic has been devastating in many ways, I urge you to turn a negative into a positive by working on something that you’ve neglected before. For instance, I recently posted a video of several hand-eye coordination exercises. I’ve long stressed the benefits of continually challenging hand-eye coordination. That’s not exactly why I shared the video though. My goal was to simply highlight something different from the norm.
Before I continue, I’ll share the brief sampling of exercises. Such work can be beneficial for athletes and doesn’t require special equipment. Within the clip, you’ll see the following:
- Juggling balls
- Tennis balls
- Homemade reflex ball (tutorial here)
- Jump rope
- Homemade speed bag platform
Beyond Hand-Eye Coordination
As an old saying suggests, if you’re going through hell, keep going. With that in mind, perhaps you can use this time to target a skill that you wanted to develop before, but never got around to doing. We are all stuck in this pandemic together. I wish I could make it go away tomorrow, but no one knows how long it will last. Thus, why not use the time to learn something new or improve a specific skill. Naturally, it doesn’t need to be hand-eye coordination. It could be anything from reading more to learning a new language. Just try to nail something down so when this is all said and done, you are better because of it.
My Own Example
As a young boxer, I suffered from repeated injuries to my right hand. I had numerous fractures which eventually forced me to transition from fighting to coaching. One thing I learned during those setbacks though was to always make the most of the situation. For instance, my left hand improved considerably because I was unable to use my right hand. Living in a cast for so long, I had no option but to improve my left hand.
And while I’m not comparing my broken hands to a worldwide pandemic, the mindset that I developed during those times remains beneficial today. Feeling bad about what’s happened to you (or the rest of the world) doesn’t change the outcome. Instead, make something better because of the situation. Your future self will thank you.
Eventually, we’ll all look back at the time when our cities were locked down and we were forced to live in isolation. When that time comes, what will you remember the most? Will it be the time you spent checking the news every hour to see if anything had changed? Or will it be the time you spent harnessing a new skill?
Before you answer that question, keep your future self in mind. What would he or she prefer? Decide for yourself, and then commit to your decision.
“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” – Kobe Bryant