Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thinking Like an Olympic Champion
untitled, collage by Leslie Avon Miller, 6 inches by 6 inches
Watching the Olympics I am intrigued by the glimpses we get into the process of each athlete. The way they “psych” themselves up for their events; the way they handle the moments before they launch into their program or start their race; their response to winning and not winning. Obviously, these athletes have benefited from what we know about positive attitudes and optimum performance.
So what am I observing that might be of benefit to my own creative practice? This is what I see:
Celebrate and enjoy that you made it this far!
Strive for your Personal Best.
Peak performance is enhanced by
Developing a strong support team – even in an individual sport
Honing your skills and accepting feedback exclusively from very trusted sources
Replacing negative self talk with positive self talk
Being very clear about your life purpose at this point in time
Surrounding yourself with others who use positive talk
Eliminating what does not serve your purpose
Letting go of what can’t be controlled – for instance other people and their reactions and comments
Knowing that silver and bronze are beautiful
Working your way back after a set back
Knowing that finishing the race is its own reward
Knowing that if you fall down, you can get back up
Graciousness is appealing no matter the color of the medal. Taking time to applaud and recognize others is part of a positive experience. Being a little sassy, a lot confident, and having fun belong in your practice. Take a victory lap. Celebrate. Smile really big.
Then get back to the work you love. Some things are better than gold.
What are you seeing in the Olympic athletes that you might use in your creative practice?