Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the International Olympic Committee. In his early years he was Jesuit educated then attended college at the Rugby school in England. Coubertin saw the value of sport in developing the potential of a person on and off the field. He believed the most important thing to an athlete was to participate in the Olympic Games. We seem to be far away from the original intention of the original Games.
The book, Thinking Body, Dancing Mind reveals how our modern day competitive paradigm contributes to our athletes experiencing pressure more than enjoyment.
Listed below, from the book, are some of the ways present day athletes think….
Lately I’ve been working on thinking from the inside out. To turn inward and study what my investments are yielding. Is the way I am training, training others and living my life giving me outcomes I want? When I spar or have others spar, I’m focusing on reading the distance from the inside out. From the inside out yields a place of infinite space, calm and knowing. Reading from the outside in yields stress, uncertainty, finite space and tension.
When you focus from the inside out, you know exactly where you are, what your capabilities are and what it will take to achieve your goals. This type of thinking is filled with patience and understanding. This type of training allows for small consistent changes, the ability to fail and stay focused on what you want to achieve.
Outside in thinking fills you with despair because you don’t get somewhere fast enough. It doesn’t teach you to enjoy all the little steps it takes to get anywhere. It doesn’t allow you to start where you are at. Outside in encourages giving up and starting all over again behaviors.
Change your mindset and always push to see from different paradigms.