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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!
Practice what you Preach: How my own Mental Training helped me prepare for Nationals!
5 Tools I used to get Mentally Prepared for Nationals Stepped outside my Comfort Zone – When you choose to step outside your comfort zone regularly you hone your skills of becoming more adaptable, flexible and ‘go with the flow’. These are all traits that help athletes handle competition better. Following through with my decision to go to Nationals pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone. It would have been much more comfortable for me to watch from my living room, behind a screen, but I chose to ‘do it’ despite how I was feeling and the outcome was wonderful Investing in Help – I realized that I couldn’t do it on my own and decided to invest in some marketing support. I worked with a team that specializes in trade show set ups and displays, removing that stress from me so that I could focus on what I do best – interacting and supporting the skaters! It is important for skaters to also invest in their off-ice training, whether it is in physical or mental training…you can’t do it all yourself! When you invest in help for the things you need help with, you create space for you to shine and do what you do best! Coping with Nerves – Watching the skaters who I work with live, I noticed myself taking on a lot of their nerves. Perhaps it was because I used to be a skater, but for whatever reason this was a bit of a struggle for me during the competition. We adopt the energy of others around us and so it is important to have tools to cope with this. I used deep breathing in the nose and out the mouth to help relax me, as well as, self-affirmations to remind myself of my power. Bringing my A Game – Self-affirmations also played a big role in helping me bring my A game. As well, I made sure I was in peak physical shape, with healthy eating, getting lots of sleep and taking vitamin supplements to boost my immunity leading up to the week at Nationals. It was important for me to present a strong, confident professional just like it is important for you as a skater to do the same! Trusting my Training – This is something I tell my skaters before every competition. You put in so much time and effort day in and day out, to go out for a few minutes and bare it all. Trusting that you have done the work that will lead to your success, no matter what struggles may arise the week before or the days leading up to that moment. I had to remind myself of the training and experience I have that have made me the expert in mental training for skaters that I am today. Until next time, Keep your Brain in the Game!
Your Christmas Wishlist can be a Christmas Goal List!
Have you made a list for Santa this year? My kids are 7 and 5 years old and their lists were like a mile long! Many wishes for toys, books, and surprises. Maybe you have a skater wishlist that you keep in your head or share with your coach, parents and close friends. It may include new jumps, higher levels on spins and footwork, clean run-throughs, etc. Did you know?… A GOAL IS A WISH WITH A TIMELINE Want to make those wishes into achievable goals this Christmas? Start by setting a date by which you want to achieve them. When you break the year down into quarters and set 1-2 goals for each quarter it will feel less overwhelming. What are the goals you want to achieve by March 31, 2018? Write them down and 2 action steps you will commit to doing daily/weekly and I am sure Santa will be good to you this year! Until next time, Keep Your Brain in the Game!
Rehash in the Kiss and Cry…Yes or No?
You have just completed a ‘not so great’ performance and now you are sitting in the Kiss and Cry with your coach. He or she starts to talk to you about the mistakes you made, what you could have done instead, the levels you missed, how you can do better next time. What do you do? Engage in the conversation, eager to take the lessons from this competition and implement them in practice to do better next time or, Cringe! Shut down, look the other way, disengage. You would rather be anywhere on earth than sitting their rehashing the disappointing performance you just had. This season I have observed some pretty awkward, cringe-worthy interactions in the Kiss and Cry between skater and coach. This is happening even when skaters and coaches know the camera is on and the world is watching. Often the skater’s body language speaks volumes. Turning away from their coach, refusing to speak, and general discomfort with the interaction that their coach is trying to have with them. These moments are not helping strengthen the skater/coach relationship, so how do we prevent them? Preventing awkward Kiss and Cry interaction Coach: Strengthen your EQ (emotional intelligence) by taking notice of how your skater is communicating with you verbally and physically. Despite your natural inclination to communicate, respect what they need in this moment. There is plenty of time to rehash the performance in the week following the competition. Skater: Communicate your wants and needs with your coach at the start of the season, before competition. Coaches are not mind readers and depending on how long you have been working together for, they may not know what you want from them following your performance. Give your coach the benefit of the doubt, they want to help you feel good in those minutes following your performance and they want to help you learn, grow, and become the best skater you can. It is all about knowing what you want and communicating it so that you and your coach are on the same page! Until Next Time, Keep Your Brain in the Game!
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