YOUR DERBY SUCCESS CHALLENGE:
WRITE ABOUT YOUR DERBY EXPERIENCES
Writing about your experiences on the track can help you analyze and reflect on your derby experience. By recording your progress, challenges, mistakes and derby dreams you can gain a valuable perspective.
Sports psychologists have used writing activities with athletes for decades. Research has proven that writing can actually help athletes reduce stress and anxiety, increase self-awareness, strengthen coping abilities and sharpen mental abilities. Amazing – right?
Supplies – Get yourself a lined journal (or a My BoutBook Roller Derby Logbook) that you can use just for writing about derby. If you’d like – you can also treat yourself to a nice pen that feels great when you write. Find a place to keep them that is safe and secure, yet easy for you to access.
Timing – Plan how often you want to write. Are you going to write daily? Or do you want to write after every practice, scrimmage or bout? Choose a reasonable amount of time that can easy fit into your schedule. Set reminders for yourself to ensure you don’t forget.
Amount – If you are new to journalling, it is best to start small. The trick to starting any new habit is being consistent. Make your new writing habit so easy that you can’t say no to it – like starting by simply writing 3 sentences a day.
Build It – Use the Building Better Habits skills you learned in the 1st Derby Success Challenge to ensure this habit sticks.
Put your pen to paper and write about things like: what went well at practice, what went wrong during that scrimmage, how to change the mistakes you’re making, your thoughts and emotions during a bout, a new team strategy, a skill you are trying to perfect or the crazy derby road trip you just went on.
If you keep all your derby experiences in one book (bootcamp notes, reflections on bouting, and more) you end up creating a record of all your roller derby experiences. Your journal ends up recording your roller derby history and helps you remember: what the score was when you played that team last year, that drill from that amazing boot camp, what skill you really want to work on and so much more.
Write it out!
P.S. – What are you journalling all your derby memories into? Take a pic of you and your journal with your Derby Success Facebook Crew and share something you have written in your derby journal.
P.P.S – We have one more Derby Success E-Course email coming your way. Watch your inbox (in one week – like usual) so that we can celebrate the success your graduation from the Derby Success Program. You’re almost done!