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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!
Check Your Baggage at the Boards
How to: Check Your Baggage At the Boards Posted by Rebekah Dixon on Friday, June 3, 2016 Wouldn’t it be great if you could step on the ice with a clear mind to practice each day? If you could just wipe the slate clean from yesterday’s mistakes, today’s insecurity and tomorrow’s ‘what ifs’? In order to practice in the moment you need to let go of the past and future. A thought to help with this process is to ‘check your baggage at the boards’. Simply put….each day step on the ice with a clear mind, leaving whatever happened during your last practice, your last competition, or in your life before you came to the rink today at the boards. Remember, each practice is a new opportunity to learn, grow and transform into the athlete you are meant to be! 2 Steps to Help You Check Your Baggage at the Boards 1. Acknowledge What You Are Feeling Whether it is fear, anger, sadness…once you acknowledge what it is you are carrying you bring it from your unconscious mind (controlling you without being aware) into the conscious mind (awareness). You start to take back control, take back your power. At this point, you can choose to think/feel differently. 2. Positive Self-Talk You can use positive self-talk to help talk yourself down when you feel your emotions starting to elevate. Deep breathing, in through the nose and out the mouth is also a great way to calm the body. Putting the two techniques together, using positive self-affirmations on the exhale of the breath makes it even more effective. For example, on the exhale say ‘let it go’, out loud or in your head. The goal is to make each practice a positive, productive and purpose-driven experience.
5 Ways to Reframe, “I hate morning ice”!
If you are a passionate skater you probably fight for every ounce of ice you can get your skates on! Often this means early morning practices, before school, while it is still dark outside, and when you are still half asleep. Your mindset and beliefs about whether you are a morning person or not can really affect your practice. The beauty is that you don’t have to be a slave to your mindset. You created these beliefs and you can change them by using a simple technique called reframing! Reframing shifts the mindset from the negative to the positive. 5 Ways to Reframe “I hate morning ice”! I love the peaceful quiet of the morning I can jump and spin without having to maneuver around lots of skaters I can play my music often I love how productive I feel after an early morning session My day is done so much earlier Repeating these to yourself is a helpful reminder but the most efficient way to evoke real belief change is by listening to a script that highlights these. I use scripts with my skaters that allows them to develop new beliefs more quickly and at the unconscious level. If you would like to learn more about how scripts can help, inquire about my private and group coaching. Until next time, Keep your brain in the game
Fake It Till You Make It: Tips to Start Achieving Your Goals Quickly!
I am sure you have heard the old saying, “fake it till you make it”. The idea that all you have to do is ‘pretend’ you know what you are doing and eventually you will learn how to do it. For skaters this is a perfect way to pursue goals. Simply put, set goals for yourself and immediately start acting like you’ve already achieved them and you will speed up the process of turning those goals into reality on the ice! 3 simple ways to start ‘faking it till you make it’ Start talking to yourself like you have already achieved the goal – Feed your mind the thoughts you want it to think. An example of this is saying to yourself, “I land the toe loop every time, with incredible speed and flow” or “my program is skated strong with expression and connection”. Feeling the feelings that you would expect to feel when you have achieved the goal – Identify what those feelings are for you. Happy, proud, excited! Once you have identified those feelings then you can start to experience them. The best way to recreate those feelings is to remember a time when you felt incredibly happy, proud or excited. Recall that memory and feel the feelings, see the things you saw and hear the sounds that you heard when you felt that way. Show gratitude for the things you have not yet achieved – Using your positive gratitude journal, include things that you wish to happen but haven’t yet. Showing gratitude for the things that haven’t yet happened allow you to start co-creating with the universe and speed up the time it takes to manifest these dreams on this ice. 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