When things don’t go to plan, play out the way we want or expect them to happen, invariably we feel disappointed or upset. It sounds like a reasonable response, doesn’t it, completely justifiable, given how hard we work, or how much energy we devote to a given outcome?
In my 30 years involved in elite sport, I have witnessed many “10000 hours” worth of quality training, only to find athletes miss the mark, or worse still not even show up when it counts? One of the most common places athletes go to is, the feeling of surprise, that things haven’t gone the way they want it, followed by frustration that it should have, given their training program and commitment. Yet, no-where along the path is there any certainty in results and athletes in their heart know this fact.
In this conversation, we’ll take a closer look at human tendencies to live in and out of different worlds. As a National Coach, I would flit between the personal/material dimension (world rankings, qualification, results) and the philosophical (unknown, exploration, and presence). Each lens creates a different reality inside my mind, with entirely different responses.
It’s tricky sometimes to see how human consciousness is working. Still, when we get even a glimpse, we get to navigate our lives more in tune with our natural wiring, with clarity, creativity and joy alive in us. When things don’t go the way you want it, you’ll feel disappointed perhaps, but with insight into how the lens of perspective is working, you won’t stay there for long!