This morning when I went on my run, I put on my bluetooth headphones and listened to Rebecca Adlington’s Desert Island Disks.
She was so friendly and open, a real inspiration to listen to. She talked very easily about herself and her family and came across as a very relaxed and happy person. She has grown up with a heavy training schedule, coped with injury, experienced serious illness in the family, and still gone on to win gold medals. Amazing.
She said in her interview that she is best friends with one of her fellow competitors. Kirsty Young questioned how she could possibly maintain this friendship and yet be competitive enough to get to gold. She explained “There is swimmer Becky, and then there is me. In the pool I am not there to entertain you, I am there to get done what needs to be done”. This description of how she changes really got me thinking.
Does she have a dual personality? Is the friendly, easy going Becky real or just an act?
I came to the conclusion that she has a real ability to be mindful. When she needs to focus to succeed in the pool she can do that. She can put all of her attention on what she is doing. This is what has lead her to great success.
There is no way she could live with this level of focus all of the time, it would be exhausting. So the other Becky, the Becky on the radio programme, is the real her too. When she can relax and let her mind and body have some time off then the open and friendly Becky shines through.
There really are lessons here for all of us. If we can train our minds to focus then we can achieve great things. Mindfulness allows us to develop the ability to change our frame of mind to suit our circumstances. We can train our mind to cope with periods of deep concentration but also condition it so that we can switch off when we want to relax and rest. This is a great life skill that really can set you up to succeed in all sorts of areas of life.
Come on a Revitalise Day to learn how to train your brain. You will leave inspired to get started and keen to work on your new skills and feel the benefit in everyday life.