Over the past year I have been coaching gymnastics to youngsters from 4 years to 15 years. In that time I have begun to understand how incredible the power of thought is. I know this is starting to sound like a motivational speech, but hear me out.
I was a gymnast before I became a dancer. And to be honest I don’t remember a ton of that whole period of my life. It’s the craziest thing! I can recall snippets of competition meets, tumbling drills, ripped up hands and bloody toes, but most of it is a blur. The memories that do stand out for me are the ones where I overcome my fear of a new skill and my coaches’ endless support (and frustration).
I now understand where those coaches were coming from. I coach these amazing kids who are perfectly capable of performing the skills I am asking of them, but for whatever reason they can talk themselves out of it. For this reason, the word “can’t” is not allowed in practice. The reason being that before you can DO anything, you have to BELIEVE you are capable. For example, before you brush your hair out of your face, you have to think about moving, which then sets off a series of events. Your brain tells your nerves to fire in your hand, and so forth and so on. If you say “I can’t …”, you are setting up a block for yourself.
An interesting experiment was conducted by Dr. Marasu Emoto, commonly referred to as “The Rice Experiment”. Dr. Emoto put cooked rice into three containers. One was labelled “thank you”, the second jar was labelled “You Fool”, and the third jar was not labelled. Every day for 30 days, someone would read the corresponding label to the jar of rice. At the end of 30 days, the “Thank you” rice was slightly fermented and had a pleasant malt odor. The “You Fool” rice was moldy, putrid smelling and a dark color. The ignored jar was in the worst shape of the three at the end of the 30 days. From this experiment, Dr. Emoto hypothesized that the human consciousness has an effect on surroundings, in the particular case, the molecular structure of water. Given that our bodies are composed anywhere from 44 to 75% water depending on our age. Our thoughts are much more powerful than we give them credit for.
So the next time you begin getting down on yourself, trying a new skill, or just having a bad day keep in mind how powerful your thoughts are.
CarliAnn & Ella