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Who is Rebekah and What is Mind-Body Performance Coaching?
I was a Figure Skater who struggled with perfectionism, competition nerves and confidence. This held me back from achieving my greatest goals as an athlete. I was inspired to use my training and experience to create the Mind-Body Performance Coaching Program, a one of a kind program focused on strengthening the Figure Skater’s mindset. It is everything I needed when I was a young skater with big dreams and I know it will work for you!
Getting Raw and Real about Mental Training
I recently asked the young skaters in my Performance Pods group how they felt about sharing their experience with mental training. Were they comfortable telling other skaters and coaches that they use mental training or not? To my surprise they all answered, “yes” they would be comfortable sharing if it came up in conversation. I am happy to hear this, especially coming from a group of skaters ages 10-12 years old! Stigma? Yes or No As you know, a focus of mine is to break down the stigma that still exists around “needing a mental trainer or a sports psychologist”. In interviews, you very rarely hear skaters mention the mental training they are doing as part of their regular routine. Instead, you see the media splash around news about skaters suffering from eating disorders, anxiety and depression, needing time away from the sport, after they have hit rock bottom. A Proactive Approach I believe a proactive approach to mental training is always the best option. Introduce the training BEFORE the skater needs it and she/he will be equipped with the skills to handle situations that may arise. IT JUST MAKES SENSE RIGHT? Having more and more elite skaters share that they work with mental trainers allows it to become normalized in skating culture and I believe this is very important for our sport. For example, Meagan Duhamel just recently shared that she and I are working together to strengthen her mindset for the Olympics. You can read about her experience at Skate Canada International in her blog Lutz of Greens. Check it out! Rehashing Skate Canada International I applaud her for being so raw and real about the stress and pressure skaters put on themselves at all levels of competition. Let’s engage in this conversation more so that skaters get comfortable talking about it and incorporate mental training as part of their regular routine. Until next time, Keep your Brain in the Game Facebook0Twitter0Google plus0
What Patrick Chan’s Performance at the 2015 Skate Canada International can Teach us about Mental Training
Did you see that incredible long program skate by Patrick Chan at Skate Canada? Although his performance was epic it wasn’t what happened on the ice that impressed me as much as what happened when he left the ice. As he sat in the “kiss and cry” area awaiting his marks he turned to his coach and said, “I just shut my brain off….it was like tunnel vision”. She proceeded to engage with him about how you have to… “find the moment where you can take your mind and put it right there in your music…”. That kind of connection within the performance is something that elite athletes spend endless hours training to achieve. Patrick references the journey to this magical performance as having been a “battle”, and those of us who follow Figure Skating and love Patrick Chan are aware of the ups and downs that he has endured. However, this time you could see it in his eyes, he was SO focused during this performance…it was like he was in a trance. A flawless skate like his is not a stroke of luck. Patrick’s training and preparation, which obviously includes MENTAL TRAINING, garnered his success. As a Mind-Body Performance Specialist to Figure Skaters, nothing pleases me more than to hear this kind of dialogue between a skater and coach. We need to create more of this, by equipping our young skaters and coaches with the skills to TRAIN THEIR MINDS to work for them, not against them. Invest in your success and seek out someone who can support you in training your mind. Ask me how my Mind-Body Performance Coaching programs and workshops can improve your MENTAL GAME! Until next time, Keep your Brain in the Game! Facebook0Twitter0Google plus0
7 Questions to Ask Yourself before Competition
As competition season is ramping up do you feel COMPETITION READY? Being competition ready is about feeling prepared, trusting your training, and having a PLAN OF ACTION. Here are 7 question to ask yourself the week leading up to competition. 7 Questions 1. What does your on-ice warm-up look like? 2. What does your off-ice warm-up look like? 3. What time are you skating? 4. Where are you in the flight? Do you prefer that spot or not? 5. Have you skated at that rink before? 6. How early do you like to arrive? 7. How would you rate your confidence level on a scale from 1-10? How would you rate your nerves on a scale from 1-10? Answering these questions requires you to think about the factors that contribute to your performance success. Some of these factors are controllable and others are not. It is important to recognize that you always have control over one thing….your mindset! You can choose to allow external, uncontrollable factors to affect your performance or not. Preparing ahead and creating a PLAN OF ACTION decreases nervousness and increases confidence. Until Next Time, Keep Your Brain in the Game Facebook0Twitter0Google plus0
Meet Rebekah Dixon
- Understands Figure Skating from an Athlete and Coach's Perspective
- Creator of the Mind-Body Performance Coaching Program
- Specialist in the Field of Human Development