Repetition is the mother of all learning. I found that to be able to let go as an athlete and come fully into the moment, I needed to be prepared fully for the coming event or the performance. Preparation requires you to be proactive. Proactivity is to act in advance and set yourself up for success, as opposed to being reactive and leaving it to the last minute.
Our human needs are hard-wired into our neurology. We all have them and we can’t escape them. To have them fulfilled creates fulfilment, happiness, engagement and high performance. To not have them fulfilled creates stress, disengagement and poor performance.
The unconscious mind or subconscious mind is described in the MacBook dictionary as:
Subconscious – the part of one’s mind which one is not fully aware of but influences one’s actions and feelings. Not used in psychoanalysis where they prefer to use the word
Unconscious mind – the part of the mind, which the conscious mind, does not have access to and which affects behaviours and emotions.
Consider this, great “leaders inspect what they expect.” In business, top leadership conducts inspections as part of their risk management and quality assurance. Without proper inspection methods, even successful leaders experience how quickly things can go wrong.
Almost all of the business corporations I’ve worked with are challenged to find the balance between getting results and the well-being of their human capital or staff. They are so focused on external results that their leadership has not learned the science of performance from a health perspective.
I was working with a golfer in Sweden on his mental game. He had a habit of being very critical of himself while playing. If he played a “bad shot,” he would really punish and berate himself. So we discussed the results of that and if it was helping him play better golf—and he agreed that it wasn’t.
Our climate and our planet is the most important topic on the table for humanity. That is why as a leader or future leader I write to you again today. It is the single greatest challenge for the Human Race to solve. It is going to take every one of us to stand up for our world that we live in and to learn to live properly and in harmony with her for the good of all.