Thursday, January 10, 2019

Do The Opposite

As my favorite T.V. sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998) fades into obscurity and ever harder to find reruns, more and more I notice life imitating Seinfeld.

One example is episode 21 of the 1994 season called the "The Opposite." Over lunch, in the midst of what could usefully be called a teachable moment, Jerry, asserts to his hard luck friend George Costanza, "If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right."

We know from many studies in sports psychology that athletes who get correction cues which promote a desired action get better results than athletes who get cues to stop doing an incorrect action. We call this positive coaching. Often, in my experience at least, these positive coaching cues are instructions to simply do the exact opposite of the incorrect movement the athlete has been doing.

So if you are having trouble adhering to your New Year's resolutions or you just can't seem to break a bad habit or lose that last (or first) 10lbs and everything you know or have been told to do just hasn't been working for you, maybe it really is as simple as this:

1 comment:

  1. Great advice! I’m trying something like for January to get out a rut! Thanks for the wisdom and the giggle!