Why do people spy?
It’s simple – to learn information.
There are many ways to acquire information, but spying is a unique method of acquiring information, as it taken covertly – without anyone knowing.
This part is important. Some information can only be learned by spying. Some information is secret and can only be learned by spying. Other times, especially with people, you won’t find out the truth by asking directly, and it must be learned by observing from a hidden position.
This doesn’t mean the person is trying to lie to you or deceive you. Sometimes, people just behave differently when they know they are being watched. It can be nerves, or even just simply being bashful. We can even hide important information from ourselves.
That’s why we have to spy.
On any skills you are trying to improve, you should be spying. This can be accomplished in multiple ways.
First is simple nowadays – just film yourself. Just yesterday, I posted a video on my Instagram of me doing squats. Not a true spying moment, as I knew I was filming myself. However, it still allows me to see myself from a third person perspective and check if I’m actually doing what I think I’m doing.
The next way, which would be better, is to have someone film you – without you knowing it. By filming yourself, you will be on your best behavior. But when someone else is filming, you will be performing normally – and that is what you want to see.
Short of having video, having someone observe you is the next best thing. This is pretty self explanatory, as it’s one of the main benefits of having a coach or instructor. Besides teaching you things, they also can observe and correct mistakes.
Back in the day, creating videos of training was reserved for upper echelon athletes who had access to the resources required. But nowadays, everyone has access to a phone with an amazing camera. It takes very little work to film. The trick is developing the discipline to do it regularly and review the video. If possible, have a trusted third party review it as well.
It’s one of the easiest ways to make improvements. But surprisingly very few people actually use this powerful tool regularly.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?
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