Mindfulness and being goal-ready
You can tackle anything if you’re mind ready. Whether you’re striving to excel at something, from a key presentation to a must-win match, you need to show up both mentally and physically goal-ready.
Being at the top of your game and goal-ready isn’t easy. You can train your body day and night, but if your mind isn’t up to the challenge, you’re not really at your highest potential.
Being goal-ready for most of us often implies being at the top of our shape, and we often neglect the importance of mentality in our everyday challenges.
Imagine walking into a competitive arena, or a room full of people as you’re about to give the presentation of your life, with mind at ease, focused on the present, not stressed out about the fear of failing. This is what being mentally strong is, and this is what we should all strive for.
A healthy mind is the core of success, it is a crucial element of how we perform in life. The fact that you’re a pro, or a debutant, that you might be famous or not, doesn’t matter at all. At the end of the day, we’re all human, which means we all struggle at one point or another with our mind. As Micheal Jordan put it, “the minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation- the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”
A healthy mind is calmer, clearer, concentrated on the important, and thus less prone to being emotionally reactive to our highs and lows in life. Our successes and setbacks largely depend on our mentality, and how we decide to handle them and respond to them. Someone with a healthy mind might see a setback as a challenge, and someone less motivated and defeated by a setback would probably give up.
Meditation can help you be prepared for anything, whether you are a student, worker, or athlete. If you take care of your mind, you can take care of everything else. This is why, at Meeriad, we’ve pulled together a set of tips to help you get your mindset ready for anything.
First, it is important to be clear on what you want and your means to achieve your goal. For example, if your goal is to win your next football match, ask yourself how you plan to achieve this. Your preparation means being clear about your motivation, and your intentions.
Second, it is important to stay calm, present in the moment, and ‘keep your head in the game’. Concentration isn’t just a state of mind but a skill, it requires a lot of effort to stay concentrated on a task or objective. Our mind is easily distracted and setback by our surroundings and the inflow of constant information. This does not mean we should all be meditating in silence before engaging in an important task. In fact, some people find it easier to concentrate when listening to music, a lot of professional athletes are often seen listening to music before a big match. Music has been shown to help endurance and concentration by providing motivation, and reducing stress by improving our mood.
Thirdly, it is important to remain mindful. If you’ve read our article “Engaging life with mindfulness”, you’ve seen how being mindful can help us live the present moment and reduce distractions. Mindfulness means paying attention to the senses around us, at any given moment. A great exercise to put our mindfulness in action is cycling, it helps you stay on track by providing focus to the body and by following your natural cycling rhythm. Next time you cycle, keep this in mind, and keep your Meeriad application open to track your progress!