My sports psychologist, Craig Manning in his Australian accent would always tell me, “do your own research, mate”. And that is the best advice I’ve ever gotten in terms of basketball and even life.
In the beginning, I didn’t fully understand what it meant. I soon learned that if I wanted to gain a competitive edge, learn to overcome a weakness or improve in something; I first had to do my own research. I soon learned that doing my own research means a lot of different things.
Find someone who’s done what you want to do:
The first thing I learned is that if you want to do something you have to find someone who has already done it. In my opinion, the best form of research you can do is to ask somebody about their personal experiences, struggles, strategies, and actions they saw while trying to achieve the same thing you are.
If you want to eat healthily (which I assume you do cause you’re reading this) go and find someone who flipped their life around and started eating healthy and asks them all about it. Through this method, you will discover real strategies people have used that worked for them. Most likely these same strategies will work for you too!
The next best way is to ask great questions. If we want to change the state of our lives we need to change the constant questions we ask ourselves. For example asking yourself, “why am I fat?” isn’t going to give you a constructive response. Your brain will tell you, “well you don’t exercise or eat healthy.”
A better question would be to ask, “how can I become healthy and happy again”? This way your brain will respond with proactive responses that will help create action you can use to change your state. When you ask great questions, they sink deep into your subconscious mind, who spends all day every day trying to come up with the answers for you.
Even when you sleep your subconscious mind is trying to sort through your questions. Every result first started with a question, and that question leads back to action. Tony Robbins says, “questions are the laser of human consciousness. They concentrate our focus and determine what we feel and do”.
Use Books and Articles
When I got hurt, the first thing I did was type in Google, “how to recover in 6 months from an ACL surgery.” Nutrition was a big topic. I read article after article on what foods to eat and found many phenomenal anti-inflammatory foods that helped the inflammation in my knee reduce and speed up the healing process.
I ordered nutrition books and read them. I looked up blogs that have recipes and loads of information on nutrition and health. I looked up YouTube videos of rehab stuff to do. I did my own research and got my own answers. If you want to learn something the best place to start is by finding a book all about it!
My question: how can I recovery in 6 months from an ACL injury?
I found people who had been through it before and asked them. I asked the right questions along the way, and I used positive sources of books and articles to improve my knowledge and educate me on the topic. Before we dive into nutrition, I want everyone to know they are capable of changing their lives by asking the right question, finding the right people, and reading the right books and articles.
Remember to do your own research!