This story has been written by Love Me Love You Collective member CAROLINE ANDERSON
MindfulnessAs humans we have always been driven towards excellence, however never more so than today. So many of us are wanting to get the most out of ourselves, whether it’s running a marathon, getting that promotion or being an entrepreneur. I feel like more and more we are pushing the boundaries in this complex modern society. We all know that hard work and determination is vital in mastering a new skill or achieving success but what other psychological strategies are there for achieving greatness? Research shows that our mindset can have a huge impact on performance. As a psychologist I have been working for a number of years with people in elite environments such as athletes and business leaders. People attend for different reasons, for example those who despite enormous success are riddled with self-doubt, some who experience significant anxiety (even vomiting) prior to an event, and others who are wanting to get that extra edge and improve their performance in work, sport or life. There are many psychological strategies that I use with my clients to help cultivate a high-performance mindset. The ones I am focusing on here are based on the work of Steven Hayes in the U.S who developed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT. ACT is an evidence-based approach to working with people in order to help develop “psychological flexibility”. When we are more psychological flexible to manage thoughts, feelings, situations, challenges, and unexpected events it frees us up to focus on what truly matters and what brings meaning, vitality and richness to our lives. Confused? Let me break down the components.
- Unhooking from Negative Thoughts
- Emotional Acceptance