Harness Emotion

WEEKLY THEME: HARNESS EMOTION: Emotions are constant and always present. Emotions range from high to low and everything in between. Emotions reside deep in our brain while language is harnessed on the outer layers of our brain, which is why at times it can seem impossible to articulate our sentiments. Despite this disconnect at times, there still is a skill in understanding our emotions and using them to our benefit. They are kind of like waves in an ocean. Some are bigger, some are smaller, but they are always ebbing, flowing and changing. And you can choose to ride that wave and all the thrills (or thrashing) that come along with it…or you can just let it ride out to shore like it never came through. Like any skill,it requires practice.
Emotions in sports (and life) are an excellent wave to ride when they carry you to inspiration, motivation and focus. Yet like most powerful things in this life, they can lead to extremely powerful positive outcomes, yet can also lead to your pitfall. You desire not to lose can lead to over thinking, to drifting into the future and fearing the outcome as opposed to staying in the moment and working the process. Strong visualization of the process can aid in harnessing emotion and sharpening focus during competition. Everything is a process, so enjoy it…results will come.
“A creative person is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rond

Determined to Learn

Quote I am thinking about today “If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you” Zig Ziglar

This makes think about those people that have so many barriers to their learning.  So many people who are restricted access to education because of their gender, socioeconomic class, legal citizenship.  Those individuals that can’t go home to do homework because they have to work to support their families.  It also makes me think about those who thrive despite (or perhaps because of) the obstacles   Makes me very thankful for the sacrifices my family and friends made to give me the educationI received.  Inspires me to learn more.  And to find ways to pay it forward.

The Work: Read for 10-30 minutes