Zeal Under Control
“It’s not about the ‘jump,’ it’s about the LANDING. It’s about
controlling the [muscle] contraction.”
~Jillian Michaels (personal trainer / fitness mogul)
^^^ This is something Jillian’s said in this “week 1” exercise vid which I’ve now worked out to about 2 dozen times; and until this morning, I didn’t realize the potential for “PARABLE” in the above statement….Perhaps because today was the first time I was able to DO the “jump” without hurting my knee (I’ve been doing a modifier which is more of a step-touch), so there was a whole different correlation to the muscles I was using as I realized I have been building “balance” over these past few weeks.
I’ve always been much more of a “explode out of the gates!” like a race horse kinda gal, especially emotionally. Today, I see the above line from Ms. Michaels has a great bit of wisdom in it, too, with respect to emotional maturity ~ that sometimes the “unseen” work (sticking the landing – ie, the stablizing, isometric “squeeze” of the various muscle groups to establish “control” vs. the more visually impressing, dynamic “explosion” of the jump with the arms and legs extended) is of essential importance to the desired outcome.
Zeal has its place, but “self-control” reins it in and points it in the right direction, and tells it how far it can go before it risks compromising the very results it’s aimed at achieving. Thank you, Jillian, for such deep spiritual wisdom. 😉