Insight Into Action

Insight Into Action

This is Mental Fitness Fridays. I’m Hans Skulstad. Want to make an impact? Then listen up.

Insight. It’s one of the foundations of mental fitness. In order to change, you need insight into yourself. It’s necessary for self-awareness. 

I have another observation from the show Quantum Leap. The time traveler often comes up against people who need insight into themselves. Through insight, he gets them to change their view. 

Insight without action is like empty promises. Here’s the thing with insight — some insights actually shift our perspective to make changes in the ways we relate to ourselves and the world. 

For example, having a strong emotional reaction to four set mouse traps in your lap means you are human. The mental toughness myths would say it means you’re soft. A shift changes the meaning. 

If I realize I need to change my diet and not buy oreos — but keep buying them and eating them — the insight does nothing.

I have realized that the same is true with teaching mental fitness. My belief is that we need more emphasis on mental fitness and the skills needed to react to adversity in a productive way. 

When you understand things differently, ask yourself: 

What can I do to support this new belief? 

What concrete steps can I take to integrate this into my life? 

Cement it. If I did, how would my life change? 

Is there anything blocking integration? 

Is there anything I need to stop doing?

You may have received an email from me this week about a course I am thinking about doing.  It’s my concrete step to put insight into action. To be honest, the whole idea of building it and sharing it scares me. I believe there is no amount of talking about mental fitness that is too much. We need to pour it on. We cannot believe our future is set in stone. 

Let’s work together to change the conversation. Share my emails. The survey in my email from Wednesday is a way you can help, and so is sharing us on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. In case you didnt get the email referenced I wanted to add it here:

Hi – 

 As a youth, I loved playing football and baseball, but it was a struggle because I got little guidance on improving and managing my emotions. No one ever told me that if I worked smarter and harder, I could have more success. Instead, I was pushed out of sports by coaches who told me I was not talented enough.

It had nothing to do with my physical talents, it was all about what was going on in my mind. Sadly a lot of coaches don’t understand this because they’re hyper-focused on physical performance.

Playing racquetball with my dad in college, I discovered the power of my mind to influence my performance in a positive way. But there were few resources available about these techniques, and all from people who weren’t playing organized sports. 

So I went to grad school to become a therapist. I became the expert I needed when I was starting out in sports. To this day, I’m working to create the resources I never had so that no young athlete has to be pushed out. 

Lately, I have been thinking about a way how I could support young athletes even better. As a therapist who operates locally, I can only reach a limited amount of athletes, and therefore my knowledge can’t reach as much athletes as it should. 

I know all the techniques you need to train your mind in a way that supports your physical performance to a point where every game feels like your best game. I have seen many of my clients turn pro players and stay pro. 

If you’re interested, I’ll teach you exactly what you need to know to “get out of your head” to always perform your best. 

I don’t want to build something and then find out that nobody’s interested, though, so if you are, please take a minute to fill out THIS SURVEY

Should I build a product to teach you how to train your mind so that you will always play in your optimal performance zone?

Thank you very much for your help,

Hans Skulstad