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New Beginnings- How to pause and start over

Sometimes to succeed we have to start over.

However, this seems to be really hard for most of us. We have to let go of our current circumstances, successes, and thoughts. I personally find the first step really difficult; pausing. Before we can move on to the next phase of our lives or restart practicing an element, we need to pause. The process of starting over goes like so; pause, realize, start over.

Pause to breathe and let go.

Realize whether you really need to start over or not, and what you can learn from it.

Then, if you’ve realized you need a new beginning, start over.

In order to pause you need to stop moving. I know this sounds like a “no duh” statement but often we unintentionally keep moving and don’t let go. In order to truly get a new beginning you need to let go and move on. No matter how small or large scale the new beginning is. Don’t take this the wrong way, I don’t mean forget everything you’ve gone through and learned so far, instead let go of the emotions and useless thoughts associated with it. 

For example, imagine you’re practicing a new jump, lets say axel, and you haven’t landed one. You start to get frustrated with yourself and the ice, feeling sore and defeated you pause to see what’s going on with it. You start thinking about your emotions and realize they’re unproductive and possibly destructive to your progress. So from there where do you go? Do you breathe and restart or keep fighting your thoughts during practice?

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If you said breathe and restart you’re on the right track! Taking a moment to let go of your negative emotions and to restart practicing your axel can lead to quicker success than reveling in your emotions. No matter the size of your new beginning these steps are important. Even when you’re moving to a new state, skating in a new rink, getting a new coach, Starting a new job, after a breakup, or any kind of new start you might face.

New beginnings can be intimidating and scary but learning to pause before and manage your emotions is helpful. When beginning something new anxiety can take over, so learning how to properly start over is crucial. Using the axel example again, how many times have you paused and skated a few laps just to start over already feeling like you’re going to fail? I know it’s happened to me plenty of times. How we mentally begin something impacts our physical performance, whether we like it or not. So remember to pause and start over properly. In the next blog we’ll go over pt.2 of “How to pause and start over”. The actual moment of starting over and how to overcome the challenges and anxiety that come with it.

If you have any questions, comments, or post topic suggestions feel free to comment below or contact me through email or any of the media links bellow. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Have a lovely day and remember you are loved.

1 thought on “New Beginnings- How to pause and start over”

  1. Hahaha, thank you. I’m not really interested in competing or entering any contests. I’m just glad people read and listen to what I have to say. I am grateful you think I could though! Thanks again.

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