Updated: Jan 16, 2019
It's a new year! Have you thought about your 2019 aerial goals? What skill have you been dreaming of conquering but something keeps getting in the way? Typically that thing in the way is our own mind!
We've all been there... You watch your instructor do this kick-ass trick that looks magically light n'easy, you are so thrilled to try it .... but then something happens.
A rush of nervous energy comes over you, you get sweaty and a bit shaky... you want to do it but something inside of you is holding you back. We've all felt it, myself included! It's your side-kick FEAR talkin...
Fear is normal and hardwired in our nervous systems to keep us safe. Aerial can obviously be a risky activity. First, you need to asses the risk... ask yourself if you're actually putting your body in a dangerous situation (i.e. your instructor isn't qualified, you don't have a crash mat, you know you don't have the strength to fully commit to the skill yet).
Once you've assessed the risk and you decide you'd like to overcome this beast of a skill, focusing on the actions within the skill itself can help. Don't allow yourself to get caught up in self-doubt, panic or overthinking.
Follow these key checkpoints and you'll be on your way to overcoming fear:
Be honest with yourse