Year End Reflection

As the year ends, we tend to be reflective and often spend time absorbing the good and bad moments that shaped us along the way.

It is a great time for us to reflect on the opportunities and challenges we faced in 2021 and consider how we can make the next year better.

“A lesson will repeat itself until learned…”

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However, reflection and planning can be a difficult process.

For some of us, we may simply be unsure where to begin while some of us may feel anxious and overwhelmed by what ifs, especially during these times of uncertainty.

“What if my efforts are going down the drain again?”

“What if the pandemic takes a turn for the worse again?”

“What if I am deemed a failure if my plans do not work out?”

These thoughts relate to events that are beyond our direct control and focusing on what we cannot control limits our confidence and leaves us feeling helpless and anxious.

To escape these feelings, we may end up avoiding reflection and planning altogether which is certainly not ideal.

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Achieving Flow in Sport

Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who popularized the term Flow and demonstrated how anyone could achieve focused contentment, died recently. In light of his passing, I felt compelled to write this post as his work has profoundly influenced both my life and coaching philosophy.

The Psychology of Flow

Flow is a state of mind in which a person becomes fully immersed in an activity. In this mental state, people are experiencing joy as they become fully involved and focused on what they are doing.

Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi

“The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost,”

Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi
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Train to Trust, Trust in Train

“Mastery is achieved through deliberate practice…”

The quote holds true not just in sports, but also in most fields of human endeavor.

Indeed, expertise requires deliberate practice. This means being intentional about assessing and improving both the tactical and technical aspects of your game.

But did you know that the same mindset that steers your practice could actually limit your performance?

There are different demands on you when you practice, and when you perform. Your goals are different.

Hence, your Mindset needs to be different too.

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