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Knowing some of the behaviours and actions that brought you to your best moments will allow you to create more situations for yourself to repeat and bring new and even bigger peaks in your skating.
The zigzag line below represents the peaks (best moments) and valleys (low moments) in your past skating experiences. Draw your own zigzag line on a piece of paper with between 3-6 peaking points at the top. Write down the moments where you felt at your best at the top of the peak points and write the moments where you felt at your worst at the bottom of the valley points. Be specific with each one.
Now, find the common denominators. Look for repeated or similar aspects in every experience that influenced your peak performances. Consider the people you were surrounded by, your mindset going in, your warm up, and more.
Then do the same for the valleys. It is just as important to be aware of these factors as the ones above. When you know what’s pulling you down you can begin to break deceptive thought patterns that are holding you back. (These are often thoughts brought about by habit rather than truth).
Finding patterns in your best moments will allow you to generate more of them in the future.
Conversely, knowing some of the behaviours and actions that brought you to your lowest moments will allow you to clearly see what doesn’t work for you so that you can become aware of what might hold you back.
Give this exercise a try and let me know what you discovered by commenting below or send an to firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes, Kristen.