Walter Gretzky tells the story of when his 7 year old son, Wayne, used to sit in front of the TV and watch hockey with a pen and paper, mapping the trajectory of the puck, trying to find the points at which the puck ended up the most. This is just one of many stories that Walter Gretzky and sports journalists have used to embolden the mythology of “the great one”; a story of magical ability, something beyond teachable skill, something more in the range of an innate, god given gift.  Joe O’Connor, the journalist whose recent writings recapped the above story from Walter Gretzky, did so in an article about ‘physical literacy’. Read More

This is the first part of a series I will be posting on changing habits, motivation, goal setting and the idea of self-actualization through movement.

In this digital age it is easier to become a passive observer of life; we live vicariously through the actions of few.  Our participation in sport is through a screen, our support of friends and family through “likes” and “tweets”, our fight and revolt through digital signatures of petitions. Obviously not all of us can be athletes, scholars, or activists and while some see technology as shackles there are strong arguments for otherwise.  I’m not suggesting that we have become complacent in intent; I am proposing that the kinds of action we take are getting easier and do nothing to support our own development.  Our ability and addiction for constant communication does not necessarily cater to building dynamic, fruitful knowledgeable selves. But it is a great distractor. We are comfortably entertained and thoroughly involved, but less and less in concrete, self-actualizing behavior. The more you talk the less you are listening, and you will learn very little hearing only the words from your own mouth. Read More

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