|World's 1st underwater o2 bar|
For a moment, that "Oh Dear! What did I just get myself into?" anxiety creeped in, but I maintained my will to participate, and warded off those doubting thoughts. Since Thursday nite when the sponsor call came, and then thru-out the whole weekend, I felt like I was entrenched in the battle of evil monkey vs. cheerleader monkey in my head. Should I mention here that us going to see King Arthur in 3D Saturday nite only intensified the mood? Haha!
|Keep It Positive|
|Well, here goes!|
|A Mermaid's Breath|
Same holds true for the actual performance unfolding - you want to be a perfectionist. Just enough movement to give you propulsion, but not too much effort, as you don't want to waste precious energy and oxygen.
It is imperative to find balance. The easiest thing to do is just start paying attention. Have you told yourself you can, or you have you convinced yourself that you cannot? As my first freediving coach quoted to me - either way you're right. I'm so grateful for freediving because it has shown me how counter-productive negative thoughts can be. Not only that, I've learned how to recognize the downward spiral of self-destruction outside of freediving, and am able to stop the madness with a simple happy thought.
While it feels fantastic to give a solid effort, perform well, and get good results, what holds more meaning in the end is the lessons learned and the process of evaluation afterward. That which will change you - the depth that freedivers seek - is hindsight, the exploration and investigation of reasons and motivation for setting and achieving a goal, the search for error, the recognition of success, and the brainstorming to improve the next time. All of that keeps you sharp, and striving for perfection in a healthy manner.
|Be True To You|