山伏

man drinking from water bottle

キウイ

You+1: beware the stagnation

Are you currently giving your best effort? Are you currently trying the best method?

You+1 means going out of your comfort zone. It means pushing yourself to be a better version of your yesterday self.

This theory can be used on yourself. It helps if someone has laid out the roadmap for whatever it is you are trying to achieve, but sometimes a roadmap simply doesn’t exist.

The alternative is stagnation.

In pedagogy, there is a famous theory called the Zone of Proximal Development that was developed by a man who goes by the name of Vygotsky. If my memory serves me well, there is where the student is currently at, and there is where they could be, what’s in between is the Zone of Proximal Development.

It’s the teacher’s role to somehow get the student from A to B, but of course B is a moving target. B being a moving target isn’t the issue, the issue is what you can do to bridge the gap in any given situation.

One way to do this, at least in theory, is to challenge the students with a +1, something that is only just out of their current ability.

Either way, we are at risk of stagnating if we don’t constantly have a you+1 to work on. If you find you are getting stuck, you are either not trying hard enough (so try harder) or you are trying the wrong thing (so try another approach).

Beware the stagnation.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.


I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.


On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.


Sign up to the weekly Mountains of Wisdom newsletter, follow me on social (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Clubhouse, all @kiwiyamabushi), or send me an email via the link below to stay in touch.


Tim.

MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM

Subscribe to my weekly yamabushi newsletter

RECENT BLOG POSTS

black and red typewriter on white table
Ideas that spread – My experience with plagiarism
woman wearing teal dress sitting on chair talking to man
Portrayal in a second language
person standing in pathway
Every experience has a hidden agenda

YAMABUSHI BLOG POSTS

Lesson from a Yamabushi Master
stone with japanese calligraphy
Zen Teachings
Mt. Haguro's Five Story Pagoda
A five story pagoda video

RANDOM POSTS

Breaking free
A Tool for Communication? Of What?
The photographer’s dilemma

CONTACT ME

Get In Touch

Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan 

timb008@gmail.com

All photos my own. Contact for more. 

Subscribe to the Mountains of Wisdom Mailer

* indicates required

Share this:

Like this:

Like Loading...
Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: