On Becoming Coordinated

One of my fascinations with coordination is getting to the heart of what it really means. If it means anything at all. 

I’ve found little to suggest that there is a linear path to “becoming coordinated”. And thats because we might view it in a “box”. We are either “coordinated” or “unco”.

If there’s any lesson I try to get people to learn when understanding coordination is this: - Get out of your own way.

I can guarantee you’re coordinated in something. Use that mindset and carry it over. I’ve met people who struggle to catch a ball but can landscape a garden, humans who take longer than usual to tie their shoelaces but can bust out a sub 20 minute 5km and others that need to be walked through every step of a deadlift regularly and yet can talk and do “business” in ways well above my level of understanding.

Coordination is scary and confronting, largely because we can’t hide it and once exposed, it can make us feel vulnerable.

The more I dive into things that I feel uncoordinated towards, the more I find that its less about trying to “become” coordinated and more about trying to understand the process.

If we understand our strengths, we can carry them over into areas of weakness.

I’d struggle to navigate my way out of a cardboard box. Fortunately having GPS readily available is a blessing, but also means I am guaranteed to never become the next great navigator.

Coordination needn’t be a topic we should consistently get sweaty palms from. 

Focus more about the approach to hard activities than the end result.

A few extras to add which helps to solidify any sort of learning:

  1. A small nap of 20 minutes (or at least getting a good nights sleep) can help to solidify what you’ve learned during the day.
  2. When learning, repeating back exactly what you’ve learned out loud can help to hear yourself and understand how much you know (and your teacher if they are present).
  3. Do it in a way that makes sense to your brain. The first time I learned Fur Elise on the piano, I repeated it back in 3/8 and followed it up by playing it in a Jazz/Blues fashion which probably made some classical artists cringe.
  4. Enjoy the process and the result will mean more.

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