It’s simple. Acknowledging what we’re grateful for can make us feel happy, which improves our mindset, which uplifts others and helps us take on challenges with a positive and adaptable perspective. At least that’s what we think.
Think of a goal you had set for yourself, yet did not achieve.
2) At the time, how did not achieving the goal make you feel?
3) Looking at the motivation behind your goal, were you intrinsically or extrinsically motivated?
4) Think of why you did not achieve your goal. Was this goal as important to you as you originally thought it was? Did something change in your motivation? Take full accountability for this answer (displacing blame on the situation, a person, or other outside circumstance will not allow us to take full ownership of this learning experience).
5) Was there anything you learned about yourself from not achieving this goal? For example, how you respond to failure or learning what makes you happy?
Focusing on our breath is a resourceful method to “get in the zone”, be “in the moment” and release worries or doubts about the past or future. Think about it: anytime we’re distracted, our breath is staggered or even being held in. This can also translate to a stiff body, not giving us the fluidity and freedom to feel relaxed and at ease.
Use this opportunity to put your competitive nature aside, release any expectations or judgements, to ultimately improve your mindset and focus. Why incorporate breathing practices into your daily life? Improve concentration, let go of anything that’s holding you back, and use this in-the-moment practice to prepare for training or competition.
*This video is a guide for breathing practices. Once you feel comfortable with this, you can incorporate this practice just about anytime, anywhere…even for 30 seconds to a minute.