“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.”
― Rollo May, Author of Love and Will
The Heart of the Competitor beats on its own, engaged in the current activity, driven to be successful with an awareness of what is occurring around them in every action that is taken.
Creating quietness is essential to the process of development. Quietness occurs when we are engaged in our activity with an intense focus and awareness of every action, sensation, and feeling associated with our work. When we begin this process of creating quietness in our life, of being mindful of our actions, it can appear to be immensely lonely. However, the Heart of the Competitor develops an understanding that the focus and engagement that results from our mindful actions is best for our performance and ultimately the team’s performance.
In today’s quote, author Rollo May noted that in order to be creative, in order for him to write, he had to “overcome the fear of being alone.” This is true for the greatest of competitors, to create the performance that is desired, the Heart of the Competitor must overcome the fear of being in the arena of competition alone.
Establishing mindfulness of our actions in every activity creates the comfort level in what can be the silent pursuit of success. This moves the Heart of the Competitor from fearing being alone and focusing on the task at hand, to enjoying being alone and focusing on the task at hand, whether that is rehearsing a skill or competing in a game situation.
Question of the Day:
Find one activity that you typically do alone and engage in this activity. Enjoy the engagement and solitude. Send me an email sharing your experience.