With no one posting any questions or comments so far, I was wondering what this is about:
Is everything really clear and no questions left to be asked? Hmm…. Unlikely?
Is everyone snowed under with working and training? Quite unlikely, at least from now on in I assume. Plus: it would take a minute to ask a clarifying question or make a comment after reading, – so less likely…
Often it could just be the old being to nervous about asking a ‘stupid question’ or being the first one to put yourself our there with your name on it.
Now, here is a small challenge:
We talked about the anxieties an athlete might experience in their sport: Making silly mistakes, being judged by others, by the coach, letting yourself down,…. stuff like that. And we started discussing how to deal with that.
Is it possible that this is something you can not only practise during an important performance, but actually right now, right here?
That you could experience some fleeting anxiety or nervousness at the thought of putting something on paper, and others might think that’s a pretty dumb question or comment, and you could actually do it anyway? Feel the anxiety peak and then float away as you focus on other stuff that’s way more important in your life.
Or check out in a bit more depth why it is that you worry so much about other peoples’ comments?
Now I am assuming here that this might be something going on for some people. If that ‘s not what you are worried about you could up the challenge a bit.
The great thing about practising ‘mental skills’ for your sport is that you can actually practise them in everyday life, – and as you get better at it in other areas of your life, you will benefit from it in your sport, and vice versa…
The practise is always similar: you set yourself a challenge that features somewhere on your anxiety scale. You could make up a scale on a piece of paper, with ‘0’ at the bottom and “10” at the top, 10 being the most anxious you could get. Add a few challenges on that scale, and then start with some that are not too easy and not too hard, maybe in the 4-6/10 range. Then go and do them. And “just notice’ what is happening. In your body, in your mind, your feelings, – with a stance of curiosity. And while you are aware of all of this going on, you continue to do whatever you have set yourself as a challenge.
In our meeting we introduced a simple way to raise your awareness about the most common themes that come up. These might be similar or different to themes that come up with random challenges you set yourself.
So if making a comment on this page per se does not raise any anxiety in you, how about doing something really out there and then sharing this with everyone here? There won’t be any shortage of ideas once you get going 🙂 Even in these times where you can not go out as much.