Mental Toughness Training: How to Overcome Mental Blocks
Many of us have seen the dancer who freezes when they try to do a hard skill. It could be a new hip hop trick, new jump, aerial, just about anything. However, it’s common when dancers are trying to learn a new challenging skill that they freeze up and absolutely can’t do it… OR …maybe it’s a skill they’ve had before but something happens like they miss it during an important competition or they get injured and now they have a mental block and can’t perform the skill anymore. As a teacher, you want to keep encouraging them and say “you can do this! Just go for it!” But they are frozen in place. How do you help a dancer get over their mental blocks? In this episode, I share with you the simple 4 step process to overcoming a mental block.
Here are some highlights:
- [2m 24s] What causes a mental block?
- [5m 09s] Step 1: acknowledge the block
- [7m 08s] Experiencing a slip in confidence? Try to notice the patterns because bad days teach us a lot
- [8m 07s] Step 2: improve your self-talk
- [11m 50s] Step 3: reduce the demands of the skill (make it easier)
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3 thoughts on “Ep. 8- Mental Toughness Training: How to Overcome Mental Blocks”
Hi Chelsea! You mention 4 steps to overcoming mental blocks but only discuss 3 in the episode. Is there a 4th we should know about?
No, I meant to say 3 in the beginning and didn’t realize the mistake. Thank you for being such a detail-oriented coach and catching that for me!