Imagine someone on a dock, they are hesitating to jump in.
They are worried that it is too cold, so they dip their toe in.
They might even jump in, but they get right back out.
This person is not swimming and certainly not enjoying themselves.
Alternatively, what you want to do is get on the dock, run full speed, jump in, and enjoy swimming.
This is a relatable analogy that I use to simplify the mental game.
Instead of being the person that is hesitating and has a head full of inner conflict, you want to clear the noise and ‘jump’ into the zone.
You either do it or you don’t.
The challenge of being on the dock is there can a lot of inner chatter – including:
- Worrying about what others think
- Holding on to the past, or
- Worrying about the future
The bottom line is if you lack alignment within your thoughts, feelings, and actions, you end up losing the ability to just be in the flow.
So here are 3 steps to align your thoughts, feeling, and actions, so that you can ‘jump’ into the zone and achieve Consistent Elite Performance.
STEP 1: Name the Noise
The key here is becoming more aware of your inner dialog. The negative self-talk or inner noise that holds us back is most commonly related to:
- What Others Think
Once you get better at naming the noise, then you also want to measure it. This gives you a baseline to work from.
STEP 2: Prepare to Jump
Acceptance is the fundamental concept to getting centred and clearing the noise.
Accept that you might lose.
Accept that you might get uncomfortable.
Accept that you might not be liked by everyone.
It is a willingness problem, but when you truly get perspective and accept the range of results you optimize the probability to achieve the intended results.
The four fundamental tools our athletes use to prepare to jump include:
STEP 3: Jump into the Water
This analogy boils down to being aware, then choosing to jump in.
You can feel the difference.
When you are stuck on the dock you have an internal conflict between your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
But when you jump in the water you can feel the alignment. You are in a mental state that is:
- Connected to the love the game
- Appreciates the opportunity to grow
- Prepared for the ups and downs of competition
You are fully in the water.
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