Change: What does it MEAN?

Change. To some it is a dirty word. To others, a mystery. What does change mean to you? Change by definition is “to make different, substitute, or replace”. What are you willing to change in order to reach new heights? What changes are “easy” or more “challenging”?

Your life can change because I make you see a different perspective…it isn’t about all the surface issues throwing a wrench in what you “see” and hook onto with your focus…it is about all the deeper things underneath that bubble up when triggered, that you shove deep down inside so you can “move on”, the things you don’t want people to see or think bad about you because you lack in some form or another…even though you don’t know anyone else’s story…

How long are you willing to hold onto whatever it is that is not allowing you to lose weight, open a business, cry because you're happy, call your family member whom you haven’t talked to in decades, help someone by telling your story, jump out of a plane, explore the world, eat bugs in a different country, sit by a pool and feel the breeze, do yoga because you’re not “flexible”?

How long?

It is never too late to let go.

How Obstacles are the Key to Building Resilience

You call them roadblocks, barriers, hurdles, deterrents, or impediments…whatever the word you use all of them imply that there is something that hinders progress. Something that holds you back, something that doesn’t allow movement. Depending on where you are going, the objective is to find another way of achieving your goal, getting to your destination, breaking through the challenges and difficulties that come forth.

When you truly look at the circumstances that surround yourself, there is a certain reality that can be created. Circumstances don’t dictate the what, where, when and how of your life. Circumstances are simply what you “see” in front of you, the state surrounding a situation in which you find yourself currently.

It is how you respond to your circumstances. What you do with your circumstances that gives you an edge in creating your life. When you create an intention that you can breathe life into, that you can feel inside your core, that you cultivate to the point of a step by step process that reaches your goal, then the circumstances will not matter. You are each taught a certain set of beliefs from your family, friends, teachers, society…and from those beliefs, you start to form your own values and opinions. Yet what happens when your values disconnect from the belief system that you were taught? How do you reconcile what you grew up with and what you actually LIVE?

Anytime you are faced with a decision, it can be considered an obstacle. From the time you wake up and decide what to eat for breakfast, that can change the whole trajectory of your day. It is allowing the decision to be made, accepting the decision for what it is, and owning the decision. Right, wrong or indifferent, the choice you make creates the actions you take and the flow of the day. What flow are you creating?

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The Mind in Sports

We are hearing more about being “mindful” in sports and as it is starting to become more mainstream, what does it truly mean and how can it be beneficial on the diamond, gridiron or off the tee. Mindfulness is engaging with the present moment and discovering how we feel, in that particular moment, both in mind and body. What are the sensations moving throughout the core and extending to the fingers and toes? How are we visualizing our next move? How is our opponent visualizing their next move, and can we be two steps ahead of them? How does opening and expanding the body prevent injury and increase power in your game? What does setting an intention for what you want to accomplish look like in your training program?

Mental flexibility correlates to physical stability, essentially becoming more dynamic and efficient in your game. The body is resilient and can perform at a high level, yet it requires rest and recovery in order to rebuild the muscles and mental stamina after a workout. Incorporating mindful practices that encourage the awareness of the mind/body connection can yield higher performance and better recovery times.

Another aspect of the mind/body connection is the way we speak to ourselves, before, during and after training sessions. When we become conscious of our emotions, we are more likely to manage and overcome our fears and adversity by ultimately setting the goals needed to reach the high performance standard for which we are striving. We are also better equipped to invest the time and energy needed to maintain a caliber of mental aptitude that the physical dimension will follow.

Break the mold of traditional training practices and get ready to take your mind to a whole new level. Increase confidence and promote a more positive attitude towards competition by becoming better at interpreting the communication between the mind and body. Lower stress and anxiety associated with playing while releasing feelings of tension, spending more time winning the game.

Full Potential

Whether in sports, business or life, bringing awareness to the steps taken towards

reaching your goals, helps advance the plan and bring it to fruition. Mindful performance

encompasses the act of slowing down in order to reach your full potential in every

dimension. When we concentrate on all the “noise” in our lives, that we created out of by our own distractions and procrastination, then we miss opportunities to truly focus on what is important to us.

The first step in the mindful performance process is clarifying your purpose in whatever

dimension you are concentrating in any given moment in time. When in sports, it

can be used to connect your mind and body through the movement of your golf stroke,

tennis swing or crossfit routine. In business, it can be used by changing the mindset of  your leadership team to positively influence the communication through the ranks. In life, it brings attention to the highest & best priorities that will fulfill you and your strengths.

Imagine your brain as the Grand Canyon, the pathways through the canyon become

deeper and more layered as the water flows quicker and stronger. The same applies to the neural pathways through the brain; they become deeper and more engrained with our thoughts and feelings. Like water, our thoughts can allow us to feel stuck or can allow a flow, it is our choice to which one we decide to give our power. Now imagine yourself participating in your favorite sport, where your mind and body can feel open and expansive, versus closed and contracted.

What are the standards of performance for yourself in each dimension? How does your

self view create a higher or lower standard for how you perform? Who decides whether the standards are high enough? Do you lower your standards in order to please someone else? Do you settle for mediocrity because someone’s standards are not congruent with yours? What feelings and emotions does that breed and where in the body does it manifest?

Thoughts are powerful, even if they are fleeting…they have a physiological effect in the

body and often manifest as chronic pain or aching feelings. This is the mind/body connection and although we don’t always give credit to the awesomeness of our body, we think something needs to be fixed or something is wrong, when actually the stress and tension that our thoughts are creating is what is causing the body to react.

Why is this important? In order to truly have an awareness of the body, we must notice

how each dimension is helping or hindering the awareness of what is

happening inside the body and the mind. Next month, we will delve into the process and paths that your thoughts take once they enter our consciousness! 

Until then, Namaste.