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.