Realising your full potential
Being fully present in the moment is the only way to achieve optimal performance, there is simply no space for anything else…
“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have a fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena, and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” The late Kobe Bryant (4 time Basketball Player of the Year – USA).
Mindfulness brings awareness to experience, allowing us to see our humanity as exactly that – we are all human. We will experience the full range of human emotions. For example, when difficulty is present, Mindfulness gives us tools to be with the difficult, as opposed to panicking or wishing things were different. It allows us to be fully focused in the body when it matters: when performing.
What does Mindfulness for Performance offer
Full embodiment of your experience
Actors, musicians, sports performers, public speakers, artists all know that to perform they need to fully embody their role. It needs to be an inner-felt sense of being in the moment.
When fully immersed in performance, the distractions, the self-doubts, the ruminations of the mind have no space to be heard. This is sometimes referred to as ‘flow state’, which can lead to optimal performance.
Secrets of the stars?
Mindfulness helps many performers including, Emma Watson, Lady Gaga, Rick Rubin, Raheem Sterling, LeBron James, Hugh Jackman and Liverpool FC amongst others.
Mindfulness techniques help you ground yourself in the moments prior to performance. This can keep nerves at bay and allow you to focus on the task at hand unimpeded. Also during extended periods between performances it can help keep a healthy mental balance. Mindfulness can build confidence and deflate self-doubts.
Developing a new capacity - groundedness
About to step on stage, to go live, the moment before a speech in front of a large audience, you need composure. Mindfulness explicitly develops the capacity to ground yourself in that very moment. It allows you a stable mental platform from which to perform.
Waking up to the critical inner voice
Many performers report being plagued by a critical inner voice between performances. Always repeating the same well worn paths of thought about not being good enough. Mindfulness exposes this critical inner voice and provides tools to ensure that it is not fed or fuelled which will lead it to naturally dissapate.
In this 4 minute clip Phil Jackson, the most successful NBA Basketball Coach of all-time talks about Mindfulness being the key to his team’s successes.
Working with several teams including the Bulls, Lakers and Knicks, with personalities such as the late Kobe Bryant and Dennis Rodman, his success just kept coming.
Find out what his angle on Mindfulness and elite performance is in the is clip shared by OWN via Super Soul Sunday on YouTube for all to watch.
Your performance, your approach and your way of being in day-to-day life will speak volumes to me. A discussion about what you feel you might wish to develop, change or remove in your performance will highlight your intentions for seeking out mindfulness.
I will bring a sense of optimism as well as a sense of reality. The best next step is to get in touch so we can discuss where you or your team, cast or collection of people are now and where would you like to be