I recently had the honor and pleasure of presenting at Zach Even-esh’s “Underground Strength Coach Conference.
Zach and I have been friends for a decade now and it’s been very interesting watching the transformations we’ve gone through together.
This was my first time presenting on my newest project the “Pathfinder Method” and I wasn’t quite sure how well it would be received.
Pathfinder Method is my system that’s structured around 11 pillars. I like to call these pillars my “Pathfinder Performance Pillars.”
I’ll be going over these pillars in greater detail in future post and online guides…how to use each one to help you uncover the joys of human movement and the art of expressing the human body and how to use each one in your daily practice. In fact, practice is one of those pillars.
The Pathfinder Performance Pillars are:
- Pleasure – Pleasure makes everything easier, including exercise, movement and play. Less mental and physical friction = more momentum. Simple enough to understand and we all realize this but for some reason we’ve been brainwashed into thinking training and movement has to be about suffering to be effective. Absolutely not true. Pleasure makes everything easier. Easy is productive.
- Purpose- “Purpose is a path to high performance.” Roy Spence Jr. Why do you do what you do? Could be internal, could be external or a combination of. Internal is usually more fun and long lasting. Play is internal, there are no external rewards from play, you do it simply to do it.
- Persistence & Patience- Little drops of water wear away stone, not because they’re intense, but because they are persistent and patient. Everyone is in a rush. 30-day skinny jean transformations are the latest craze but whatever happened to a lifetime of physical vitality ? Of mastery? Let’s forget the quick fixes and focus on our longevity.
- Practice- Practice as a verb but more importantly “Practice” as a noun. What is your practice? What is your Way? Do you even have one? Have you even given this any thought?
- Play-based Living- Maintain a fun loving attitude in the face of difficulty and daily life.
- The Path- Keep your eyes on the Path. Enjoy every step. Obsessive goal setting takes the pleasure out of human movement and play. Good tasty human movement is irreducible. There is no other goal than moving itsely. Please see the Pleasure and Play-based Living Pillars.
- The Place- The Dojo is always open. You do not need a gym or any fancy equipment.
- The Process- Focus on being, not some external outcome.
- The Presence- Focus attention and presence. Be here now. Please see Dojo Rules.
- The People- We’re social animals. I like to be alone very very much, seriously, ask my lovely wife, but I still need people in my life to share my love, energy and time with and I need those people to help support me physically and emotionally.
- Participation- Be fully committed. Participate with more than just your physical body, engage mind, body, spirit and heart.
As I stated earlier, I wasn’t sure how well my talk would be received. But it seemed to resonate with many people in attendance. I got a bunch of awesome emails from awesome coaches all over the world including a buddy of mine from the UK, Dax Moy so I am very happy. Thanks for all the emails, the handshakes and the encouragement.
Here’s a quick video review Dax gave of my talk. I’m glad he liked it. If he liked it I know I’m on the right Path. Pun intended.