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July 6, 2022 Wednesday #33 -  Quote - Life teaches us the lessons that we are ready to learn.  I […]
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Wendy Jones
July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Wednesday #33 - 

Quote - Life teaches us the lessons that we are ready to learn. 

I wish I had the mindset that I have gained through my yoga practice in my younger athletic days. Yoga has taught me not to run from discomfort, like the kind you face when you want another breath racing for the wall but shouldn’t take.  It teaches me not to attach to an outcome, and let it define who the world thinks I am.  Most importantly, yoga has taught me how to calm my overstimulated nervous system with my breath.  I am not one of those athletes where nerves work in my favor. The calmer I am, the better the focus and the vision, and that comes with breath work.  Now, I’m raising my own athletes, and I get to use what I have learned to train them.  I consider myself lucky to still get so much joy from the sports I get to play and can separate that from any success or challenge my kids may face in their careers.  Today, this idea of process over result mentality doesn’t always hold true in the world of single sport club athletes, scholarships, and coveted championships.  I have nothing against winning...I actually like to win a lot, but I know that the bigger lessons I have learned have come in the face of adversity, in learning to trust my own gut because of my ability to process life on a highly sensitive level, and feel comfortable in my skin. These are the things I want the younger generations to learn from their athletic careers, and take them with them as they play on in the game of life. 

Daily Action: Make a list of five principles that guide your decisions and put it up somewhere where you can read them everyday.  

Daily Reframe: Repetition builds consistency and consistency creates flow. 

With Optimism,

Wendy

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About the author:
Wendy Jones is a mother of four, lifelong athlete, writer, and optimism & resilience coach and speaker. Through 20 years of parenting and relationship struggles, she believes that vulnerability and our willingness to share our stories is a way to heal ourselves

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