The time away from your sport is starting to feel long. Your city may have begun the process of phasing into reopening arenas but this is still going to take awhile before you can resume your normal routine. Keeping a positive mindset during this extended period is probably starting to present a challenge. This is when it is most important and where we bring out the “big guns” of mental training. Gratitude is a great mental strategy that will train your mind to focus on the good. 

The Power of our Energy

We are all energetic beings attracting more of the energy we project on our environment. The Law of Attraction says that “like attracts like”. This means that the energy you put out into the world is the energy you attract. Are you aware of the energy you are attracting? Positive energy vibrates at a higher frequency than negative energy. If you are always focusing on the things that are going wrong and seeing the worst in a situation or others, you are probably vibrating at a very low frequency. It is necessary to raise your vibrational energy if you want to achieve your goals, dreams and desires. A great way to raise your energy level and mood is to practice gratitude. A gratitude journal is an easy way to do this.

Keep a Gratitude Journal

Create a gratitude journal. Keep a notebook at your bedside. Commit to writing in it 5 nights per week before you go to sleep. Simply write the date and copy the statement, “I am grateful for…” and continue with a list of all the things that went well during that day. It can be as mundane or as epic as your day provided. 

Some examples include: 

-participated in a fun online dance class, 

-got a good grade on my assignment, 

-rotated my axel for the first time off-ice, 

-went for ice cream with my family, 

-woke up to a sunny day outside.

Try to incorporate a variety of positive examples from day to day. Shoot for 3-5. This simple act will train your mind to search for the good in your day. Feeding your brain positive, healthy thoughts directly before falling asleep also has many positive benefits.

Predicting the Future

Once you completed your list from the day, there is one more step. This is where the real magic happens! You write down 1-2 things you are grateful for that haven’t happened yet. Write them as if they have already happened. 

Some examples include:

-felt happy and comfortable my first day back on the ice,

-can easily get all the way down in the splits,

-landed all my jumps easily and effortlessly in my program run through.

By expressing gratitude for something that hasn’t happened yet, you are communicating your intent to make that a reality. This begins the process of increasing your vibrational energy necessary to achieve your goal. Try to choose something you wish to have happen in the near future. 

It is fun to review your lists, after a few months of creating them, to see all that you were able to achieve. In the meantime, this practice will help you build confidence, focus on all the good currently inhabiting your day, track your progress and celebrate wins.

Until next time,

Keep your Brain in the Game

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