Posted by Rebekah Dixon on Saturday, October 1, 2016
Many skaters I work with competed this past weekend. I have spent weeks or even months helping them prepare mentally for the competitive season. A large part of that training is helping them create more productive, purpose-driven practice. Practice is the key to performance. You will only preform in competition as well a you do in practice. If this is the case than what about Luck?
Great performance is about so much more than Luck! I am tired of athletes believing that by some stroke of luck they will go out on the day of competition and nail a jump or a clean program when they haven’t been doing it in practice. I believe this quote explains it perfectly,
“Luck is what happens when Preparation meets Opportunity” – Seneca
How do you attract more luck into your life…you pay attention to the 2 keys in this statement:
Preparation refers to your practice. Create more positive, purposeful, productive practices by setting practice goals daily. If you would like help with this then download my
Once your practice has improved you will notice a shift in mindset as you celebrate the small milestones on your path to achieving your BIG goals. Next you need to TRUST your practice. Trust that you have put in the time and effort required to skate your best at the competition.
Opportunity refers to the competition/test day/show. It is when you have the chance to demonstrate all the hard work and dedication you have put into perfecting your craft. I want you to SEIZE the opportunity to go out there and skate your best. What if you were to look at competition/test day as an opportunity? Would this turn the often stressful event into a more positive, uplifting adventure? Next time you compete/test/show consider this an opportunity to go out there and show what you can do and remember, every competition is an opportunity to learn a new lesson that can be used to improve your next performance.
Now that we have a better understanding of what luck really is let’s stop wishing “good luck” to our fellow skaters. Instead, wish them a great skate, remind them to seize the opportunity, and skate their best!
Until next time,
Keep Your Brain in the Game