Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future.Deepak Chopra
You’re at the gym, one knee on the floor, tightening your laces as you get ready for practice.
As you do this, there are a hundred thoughts that could be racing through your mind.
Some useful, some not.
How you choose to direct your mind in this moment before practice, will determine how you show up for yourself and for your team.
You could choose to focus on other people. Your teammates, coaches, opponents.
Do you compare yourself to them? Get distracted by what you think they think about you?
Or do you choose to learn from these people? Possibly even find ways to serve them?
You could choose to focus on yourself.
When you think of yourself, are you hard on yourself? Do you judge yourself for not doing things perfectly enough?
Or do you choose to have compassion for yourself, and intentionally choose what you want to believe about you?
You could choose to focus on the past.
Do you use that one performance as a measuring stick for your best? Forever thinking you “should” be doing better? Do you focus on things you regret?
Or do you use the past as a tool for learning and gaining awareness about yourself?
You could choose to focus on the future.
Are you in a hurry to achieve those goals you have? Do you lose the perspective of the big picture, thinking it will be better there than it is here?
Or do you use the future to practice becoming today who you want to be in the future? As a way of guiding you?
You could choose to focus on the present.
Being in the moment. Noticing how your shoes feel on the hardwood floor. Feeling a sense of calm that only the present moment can bring.
The more aware you are about where your brain hangs out, the more intentional you can be to direct it.
This is the most important work you will ever do.
You get to decide.
Are you ready to Find Your Edge and become who you are meant to be?