Why did you wake up this morning? For an appointment, to go to work, to get your haircut? Everything we do in life has a reason or a why. Going from day to day we all set ourselves into a routine and the “whys” of our lives seem to disappear into the shadows. For athletes, our lost “whys” can be used as motivators instead of discouragement or fear.
Why do you skate? Everyone has their own reason and each to their own. Most commonly; however, its because we all have a passion for the sport. We skate because we love it. For some people being on the ice is enough, and for others landing a double or being National champion is their driving force. Waking up for 5 a.m practices can get old REALLY quickly, but on the days where sleeping in sounds better, go back and ask yourself why? Why should you get up and practice? Getting up and practicing gives you more training time which will lead to better performance which will increase your chances to achieve your end goal. We can’t think about how we feel now, we have to think about the future. If you skip out or don’t feel like training, think about the benefits of not accomplishing the task at hand. Is it going to benefit you not to? What successful person have you ever heard say, “I skipped out and gave up a lot?”
Why cannot only be used as a motivator for training, but also for competing or performing. Everyone experiences fear in some way or in some point of their lives. For skaters, its many times before competing. The difference between champions and the skaters who didn’t place is how they handle fear. Recognizing you are scared is the first step. Then, it’s a matter of training yourself to use that fear to your advantage as motivation. If you are scared you will mess up or fall in the program, how is that going to help you? It’s not; it will only put negative thoughts and bad mental imagery into your head. Here again, just like training, ask yourself why are you performing? Is it to win? Is it to have fun? Is it to set a personal record? You are there to (___fill in the blank____). You have trained for this and ready for it. Use your fear. Why are you doing this? BECAUSE YOU CAN.
Below is a chart that references the Fear Loop by Tony Blauer. His studies and videos are related to martial arts but can be used in any situation. He explains more and relates it to other sports and business on Lewis Howe’s podcast which can be found on itunes “The School of Greatness” podcast or on his website: http://lewishowes.com/
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