Mind-eye (M-E) coordination is your ability to experience a situation and react to it in a way that is consistent with who you are (or want to be) instead of displaying a defensive or unhealthy impulse.
Being able to see situations as a chance to train your mind-eye coordination will help you gain awareness and put value into failure instead of just good outcomes. Good mind-eye coordination will make it possible for you to recognize a situation where you might shift into a defensive personality even before it happens.
This training will guide you towards mastering your failure response by bulking up your understanding of what happens when you fail and by giving you specific goals to reach for within the skill itself. Mind-eye Coordination isn’t just about the reaction people see from you on the outside, but about the inner peace you gain from having a process to turn to after failure.
Repitition is the key to developing this skill. Practice good habits by identifying how you typically react versus how you would be proud in the way you reacted when looking back. The more practice you have, the better your M-E Coordination will get and the quicker you will be able to react to tough situations.
In order to truly recover from failure, we need to recognize things inside ourselves that cause us to delay or reject recovery. Once identified, we can work to change our behavior and reactions toward a more positive outcome. The more we practice and use this method, the more efficient we become in getting over the things that are holding us back.
A: Aknowledge failrure
Failure happens to everyone, every day. It’s often minor and completely overlooked. Small failures, however, can teach us a lot about the strength of our mental fortitude and resilience. The first step is learning to aknowledge disapointment in the moment, not shugging it off as unimportant.
S: Spot your defensive personality
Once we recognize disapointment, we get the chance to analyze our reaction. Everybody has an arsenal of responses to diapointment – anger, humor, fear, sadness, shuttign down, lashing out. Knowing how you react and learning new ways to respond are the keys to managing your mental game.
A: Avtivate defense
Everyone has natuarl reactions to situations, but that doesn’t mean those responses can’t be changed. When we start to focus on desired outcomes after we encounter disapointment, we can begin to change over time, transforming our “natural” destructive inclinations into constructive solutions.
P: Practice daily!
In order to develop mental resiliance to failure, we must take every opportunity to practice these skills.
How we will use ASAP specifically for Mind/ Eye Coordination:
1. Create or put you in situations where you will fail or ask you to recall some of your hardest moments or biggest failures.
2. In the moment of failure, or when your mood or action changes in response to failure, ask the question “why” - Why are you upset at each situation? Why do you think it affected you in the way it did?
3. Reiterate that your explanation (or lack of) is your defensive personality- it is an impulse as opposed to an response you have chosen after being made aware of your power to choose.
4. Coach you in other options for how to react that are more positive or helpful for your growth and continued selfawareness.
Look for these techniques in each learning objective- they are a common theme and will be the backbone to each of the next six weeks.
What’s Your Starting Point?
This first week is all about figuring out how your mind-eye skills measure up right now. In other words, how good are you at reacting in a way you want to?
Everyone has heard of hand-eye coordination; processing what we see in order to react accordingly with our hands. While this is a basic skill in most sports, mind-eye coordination is an easy idea to understand, but very difficult to consistently put in place.
Mind-Eye Coordination Definition: Your ability to experience a situation and then react to it in a way that is consistent with who you are (or want to be) instead of displaying a defensive or unhealthy impulse. You are able to consistently react constructively.
Experiencing failure will help you develop this skill since these situations typically challenge and push most to the limit of their scope of responses they can easily control.
This is a skill that takes you from someone whose best defense is to react to life and to roll the dice with how emotions will affect them into someone who knows her tendencies when tested, can navigate the emotions of stress, and channel those into a response that will push her forward instead of land her stuck and not knowing where to go next.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU MASTER THIS SKILL?
This training will guide you towards mastering your failure response by bulking up your understanding of what happens when you fail and by giving you specific goals to reach for within the skill itself.
Mind-Eye Coordination isn’t just about the reaction people see from you on the outside, but about the inner-peace you gain from having a process to turn to after failure.
Week 1 is all about understanding where you are starting out...
What's Your Relationship With Failure?
This week we will work to answer the questions below.
1. What is your relationship with failure?
2. Where you at with your reactions? What habits do you have?
3. Can you define how you would ideally like to react to things that happen around you?
YOUR JOB THIS WEEK: Figure Out Your Starting Point
Our goal this week is to take a look at how we have been in the past and how we currently react to failure. This week we paint a picture of ourselves and also the picture of the player we want to be mentally.
Remember to fill out your Week 1 Journal over the course of the week!