Emotions are part of the art of sport, the art of performance. They are brought up all the time in conversations about sport. They are part of the athletes. They are part of you. They can help you transcend yourself… if you listen deeply and pay attention to them.
And they can also limit your performance or block you completely. Science has studied them and we know a lot more about emotions these days. All of this has been great in understanding how humans and athletes respond to different types of situations and how emotions are triggered. However, this has created a lot of confusion and left us with a deficit of more evolved forms that allow us to understand them in more depth. From interpretation to connection. From analysis to action. In short, we understand how they work, but we don't know how to work with them. We still haven't really learned to listen to them.
When you begin to practice listening more deeply to your emotions, you become clearer and your mind is immediately more at ease. As my Zen teacher Doshin Michael Nelson says “you finally answer the phone!”. And he laughs wisely. Confusion is lost. Clarity manifests. And now you know them as your own – in fact, who else could they be? When you are angry with your coach or your parents, are they the ones experiencing the same anger you are feeling? Or is it you? And what about fear? What does fear say about you? Shame? Anxiety? Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
Not delving deeper into emotions will prevent you from becoming “more intimate” with them. Closer. Instead, they will distance themselves from you. Emotions are always trying to communicate something that brings deep wisdom. But we've learned to stay away from them. And we keep making sure to keep that distance. This is our comfort zone. So if something is a part of you, don't you want to get to know it better? Or you prefer to have parts of you that are “out there”, without having control over them or being able to learn from them.
Nowadays, there is a lot of talk about being positive and having only positive emotions “Hey, be positive!”, “Think of good things”, etc. I consider this approach very dangerous. And I also see a place and time for this approach. But when you can't discern the right moments to lean on something that's painful because the only reference you have is the positive-feel-good approach, you're lost in a sea of positive emotions. You have stopped (or are on your way to not) to understand what is emotionally happening to you on deeper levels.
Mesmo que o termo emoções positivas e possa ser útil, eu possa usar emoções destrutivas para ambas. Muita raiva, medo, inveja, ansiedade, etc., vão atrapalhar. E o mesmo com as emoções positivas. Sim, muitas emoções positivas vão intoxicá-lo e fazer acreditá-lo que a vida se retomará a se sentir bem. E não é. Há momentos para se sentir bem e incríveis, momentos de não se sentir tão bem e momentos de se sentir destruído. Quando as coisas estão se sentindo bem, se a sua preocupação principal é afastada desses sentimentos para que possa sentir-se bem novamente, vai estar se sentindo sua capacidade de resolver o problema real que está a enfrentar.
Emotions become destructive are dealt with in more if not evolved ways. When they are dealt with properly, they become constructive. So, if little or no time knows your emotions more deeply, especially what disturbs you the most in your sport, and deep down you know it's affecting the way you present yourself for training and competition, then there's a big gap in the way you feel. is preparing.