We live in a world of constant distraction, phones, social media, and endless competing interests for our time. This world tries to convince us that we can multitask our way to success while our attention slips away like the sand at high tide. But the truth is, whether on the court or in any area of our life, joy, and flow, are found in the present moment. It takes dedicated work to train our minds to lock in and ground ourselves in the experience that is right now, whether that experience is a high point or a time of struggle. One thing is for sure, the ebb and flow of life is inevitable. There is so much that we encounter every day that is out of our control and the way we meet our life experience is directly related to the way we train our mind.
Our minds shape our experiences, the way we see ourselves and believe what we are capable of accomplishing. Training our minds to stay present and use struggles to shape new strengths has massive effects on what is possible on our journey. Whether we are our worst critic or our biggest fan is up to the mindset that we create. When we learn to support our minds with tools that strengthen our ability to stay present, we learn to channel inner strength that connects us to the bigger world around us. From this place we are able to see where we can grow, understand which voices and patterns in our lives to follow, and tell the difference between our inner critic and the places within ourselves where real growth can take place.
As athletes, we are asked to learn new things to get better at what we do on the court. To maximize our talent, we have to train our minds not to stray from the struggle that is inevitable before we master a skill. A growth mindset allows us to lock in and stay with the struggle so that we can find flow on the other side. From this place, we respond to challenges and learn to see the patterns that create every win, big or small, and establish ourselves as leaders on the court and in our own lives. Come learn from the stories of people who have worked to develop their own growth mindset and helped others do the same so that we can thrive in the present moment and honor the gifts and talents we have been given to their fullest potential.