Cali was awesome as always. I got 14 jumps in including 2 from the Balloon. I got some great video that I’m putting together and will have it up when it’s done. I’ve actually been working on an edit for the past few months so I’m hoping to have it finished soon. Getting enough footage to make a 3min video is really challenging but extremely rewarding when you see it all come together. Patience is key!
– I was much more relaxed this time jumping from the Balloon. Since coming back from Demartini I’ve been using a lot more affirmations which have really helped me overcome some stuff. One of the things he hammers home is to never exaggerate someone (put them on a pedestal) by humbling yourself.
This goes along the lines of saying things like ‘I could never do that’ or ‘that person is so much better than me’. To some extent I’ve done this unconsciously throughout my life. When I’d be out with friends and we would be watching fighting on TV or skydiving or whatever and someone would say ‘Those people are crazy, I could never do that’ I’ve thought to myself ‘I could fuckin do that!’ and a lot of times I’ve gone down the path of learning what I needed in order to have the experience.
Now I’ve been looking at some of my mentors in business and started equalizing them in relation to myself. I used to look up to these people and minimize myself in comparison to them but now I’m thinking things like: ‘If that person can be a millionaire then so can I.’ By not exaggerating someone it allows you to play at the same level, realize that you have the same traits they do inside you. Believing in yourself is half the battle. I’m getting further and further down the path of figuring myself out.
In relation to skydiving anytime I get nervous I’ve been saying ‘I am a master and I am in control’ – This has been especially helpful when jumping with people a lot more experienced than me.
Following all that I almost had my first cut away which was a great learning experience. When I was almost done packing my chute I noticed that I had forgotten to do something. The general rule of thumb is that if you make a mistake you go right back to the beginning and start over. I choose to simply try and fix the mistake and it almost became very expensive. I know that the majority of people who read this are not skydivers so I’m not going to use any technical terms.
I basically put my chute in backwards and when it opened this is what I saw.
It opened up kicked out of the twists straight away but my risers were twisted around each other. I was extremely lucky that it was steerable and that I was able to fly it without issue. This was a really good lesson to me to not rush your pack job, and if you make a mistake, just go back and do it over. Anyone looking at the bottom pic that doesn’t jump won’t be able to tell the difference but trust me when I say I was lucky.
The scenery in Southern California is amazing everywhere. I did my best not to take it for granted and to soak in every bit of it. I am extremely grateful that I am able to take trips like these on a regular basis.
I’m home for the next three weeks then off to hawaii with Sara for a week 🙂 From all the video and pictures I’ve seen from other people I can only imagine what its going to be like.
I actually worked out today for the first time in a while. I’m scared to say that my shoulder actually feels a lot better. I have another appointment to get it looked at again on the 25th so sitting tight till then. I’m going to get back into a somewhat regular routine until then and do just enough upper body so that I don’t A. hurt myself and B. waste away
A1. 5 Front Squats – 135-185-205
A2. 15 Ring Rows
A3. 15 Pushsups
B1. 15 Curls @35
B2. 15 Skull Crushers@15
x3 – kept all these very light
C1. 20 GHD situps
C2. 20 Back Extensions
Felt good to be back moving but it was a gut check getting out of breath on the pushups. Fingers crossed that I don’t deal with a lot of pain later.