The pinwheel is a spectrum meaning that there are only two directions of travel and there is only one metric to the quality of travel.
The metric is skill level, the two directions are either traveling through life…
- with ease… as a result of spending your time acquiring, developing, refining and executing skills you experience consistent episodes of Flow: periods of sheer exquisiteness, where the time invested in training pays off as you are prepared to encounter challenge after challenge in life meeting each with competency, efficiency, and effectiveness resulting in a life filled with peace, joy, self belief, confidence, and also victory after victory,
or you can travel…
- with dis-ease… traveling through life inadequately prepared, insufficiently skilled to handle the challenges that are guaranteed to come one after another, causing you to react to each one by either fighting, fleeing, or freezing… a life which rollercoasters from peaks of anxiety or anger to valleys of depression or regret with waves of chaos between as you desperately strive to micro-manage your life to the nth degree hoping that if you only can obtain control over enough details… you would eventually finally achieve a state of harmony… at least for a brief moment.
The pinwheel applies to life, and it equally applies to sport.
You can approach sport with ease or with dis-ease… you can train in a never ending ladder of skill acquisition, development, and refinement in anticipation of the challenges that sport will bring, or don’t and rely on a strategy of hoping that skills can be replaced with… desire, with ambition, with drive, with sheer determination, guts, ‘courage’ or will power.
Those who believe that the latter is sufficient to succeed work themselves up – they ramp – into an arousal spike of such magnitude that sometimes the podium is possible… inconsistently, but possible nonetheless. With the taste of their adrenaline fueled ‘success’, they drive themselves higher and higher in pursuit of more, eventually driving themselves so high that they blow up, burn up, or blow out… incapacitating themselves, terminating their career, sometimes terminating themselves. These are the thrill-seekers, bucket-listers, the ‘one and done’, the one time winners who come out of nowhere only to disappear back to nowhere, the one time winners incapable of ramping sufficiently to ever win again, the winners (if they can be called that) who never achieve consistency – there is always a variable they miss in the moments that matter – hence, they never become consistent peak performers.