One aspect of THPL that will I will post about from time to time is that THPL is founded on a relationship that you create between yourself and your performance. THPL does not translate to an absolute goal, there are no good or bad results, there is no prize along the way and there really is never an end (just many waypoints). THPL is about choosing to live in a way that is predicated on maximizing the human potential that you have. There is mystery in this pursuit as you do not really know what your potential is – you just know that you can do more than you think you can. And so we set out, on a path, to find out what we can do, what out potential is, and how we can get more and more out of ourselves with intent, practice, failure, learning, improvement and diligence. So, it would seem that when you start down the path to THPL that you should establish a covenant with yourself – an agreement, not to be violated, that you will endeavor to live THPL clean – no cheating, no false results, no chemical aids, just you and your potential finding all that is possible. And so you might think, I am just an amateur, what kind of “cheating” might I do? The irony is that we rarely even know when we have violated the covenant we have with ourselves because we justify our action in the context of the situation. I offer a few simple examples for effect.
- I am golfing, and on the green, and I have a short put for a score of 5, I line it up, miss it and state, I was rushed, that it was a “gimmee” and instead of marking the card as a six you give yourself a 5 because it is what you thought you deserved (and if you have never done this or not seen it happen you either have never been on a golf course or you are fibbing).
- Example two, you are in a triathlon and the rule is no drafting on the bike, you find yourself in a pack riding fast and since everyone else is drafting you justify it and stay with the group (not being caught by race officials does not mean you did not break the rules).
- Third example, not one many of us would embark on. You go to climb Mt. Everest, your doctor proscribes for you dexamethasone to prevent altitude sickness (the drug should only be used after you get altitude sickness (like HAPE). You agree because it sounds like a good idea to protect yourself from the risks of high altitude. But truth is, that it is a performance enhancer that makes it easier to climb. The purity of summiting lost. And there is always opportunity to take steroids to help you out in the gym (who would do that?). Or maybe you find yourself calling a ball out during a tough tennis match when it might well have been in.
I could go on and on – from the simplest “it went in” to the extreme of taking drugs we seem to be able to justify anything we want. And while some of these examples, and others you read about, seem far-fetched, I dare say that the relative measure that we create for how we think about rules and the truth lie completely in our heads and how we look at the situation. Each of these scenarios when played out in the most innocent of situations take us off the path to truly live THPL - to avoid it you need to stop and think from time to time.
Am I cheating? Am I sticking to the covenant I made with myself to live THPL. Am I being true to living a life that I feel proud of?
I trust that through reflection you will find it easier to commit yourself to THPL. And then a few great things will happen. Your results will be awesome (because they are yours), you will feel really, really good when you make progress, and you will be a role model for how to live THPL.
THPL committed to clean living.
Sally made it to Arizona with me and I did not even have to buy her another plane ticket- she made the trip quite well and got to 3:26 minutes + 20 seconds and 207 pushups on the 4:17 minute song.
Loving life now because it is late at night and it is still 70 degrees!