Mental Congestion – Undermines Confidence
Mental congestion undermines our confidence, but it also buries our mental instincts and destroys our spontaneity. If we are constantly bombarded with unorganized thoughts, how can we perform spontaneously?
People often speak of the mind-body connection, but I believe the mind is the one part of the equation most people take for granted when it comes to excellence in performance. Don’t get me wrong, physical strength, and skill mastery are critical ingredients to performance success; however, it’s the other 90% that can make all the difference. As Yogi Berra famously stated, “Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.” His message simply points out that we are not generally aware of the importance of the mind in performance achievement.
People who are in touch with their bodies, and then connect with the powers of their minds, think more clearly, have a healthier dialog with their sub-conscious (self-talk), have less experiences with depression, and generally have increased amounts of energy. When the mind becomes a “go to” tool for performance enhancement, the mind-body connection can become a spiritual experience with gratitude and appreciation for the life we have. The outcome of performance no longer becomes the focus, but the process and joy of the experience is what matters most. As Oprah Winfrey says, “If you start focusing on what you have and what you’re grateful for, you will begin to see more.”
Once you commit to perform at a level that is both on a mental and physical plane, the actual process can become an amazing experience. When the mind and body meet on an equal playing field and each trusts one another to take action in mutual support, thoughts of failure will begin to disappear.
Regularly exercising the mind will contribute to lowering the risks of heart disease, cancer, depression, and many other health problems. Reducing mind chatter lowers stress, helps with weight control, definitely increases ones positive outlook on life, and, therefore, produces clarity and, consequently, improves performance. Without the harmony between the body and mind, we would not be able to exist. The cooperative relationship between mind and body reduces mind chatter and, therefore, provides a more composed and rational approach to addressing the challenges presented to us.
“The quieter you are, the more you can hear.” Bama Ram Dass
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