Getting in the zone, being in the moment, conscious performance are all ways I describe the focus it requires to perform at your best. The mind and body need to be working together to support this kind of skating. I often use the example of TRAIN TRACKS, whereby the MIND and BODY each represent a side of the track.  
 

Future Thinking

If the mind gets caught in future thinking this mean that while you are performing, your mind is focused on what may happen next. Using the analogy of the train tracks, the body track is moving toward the goal but the mind track’s future thinking causes it to criss cross and inevitably render useless in the pursuit of successfully accomplishing the goal. If the train tracks do not run parallel, the train cannot travel along them to reach its destination. 

Past Thinking

If the mind gets caught in past thinking this means that while you are performing your mind is focused on things that have happened in the past. ie. “remember when I fell on that element at the last competition…”. In this situation the body track is in the present, moving toward the goal while the mind track is moving away from and in the opposite direction of the goal. Again the goal will not be achieved because the train tracks are not running parallel. 

Present Thinking

THE BODY IS ALWAYS IN THE PRESENT, it cannot be in the past or in the future. However, the mind often gets stuck in past or future thinking that affects the focus and attention during performance. The goal is to have the mind and body working together, focused in the present, moving toward the goal. When the MIND TRACK is in the present with the BODY TRACK the train tracks run parallel and the train can move easily to the destination.

When you train your mind to be in the moment you will achieve your goals with more ease and flow. 

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