Tom says, "If my feet are ever go over my head, something has gone terribly wrong." That would be true for my 6' 2" husband but feet flying over head is typical for gymnasts. However, the ascent of sports psychology as a profession proves all tricks and skills in the gym don't necessarily come easily to anyone. The following excerpts are taken from an article by Dr. Alan Goldberg from the the website at the bottom of the page. (All bold print is mine.) There was no way to read the article without thinking of "blocked believers" who could use some mental toughness to break through to higher ground.
. .keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Source and Perfecter of our faith,
Who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross
and despised the shame
and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne."
"But You remain the same,
and Your years will never end."
"Fear is not always as bad as everyone makes it out to be. First of all a gymnast with absolutely no fear is an accident waiting to happen. . .Believe it or not, fear is also a positive indication that you're moving up to the next level in this sport. Every time you attempt a new skill or otherwise step outside of your comfort zone, fear will be there to greet you."
Peak performance in gymnastics demands that your focus be on the skill that you're doing and the apparatus. When you perform your best this is exactly what's happening. You're not thinking. You're just paying attention to all the right things. What are the "right things" to focus on? Usually effortless skill execution is a product of concentrating on the proper feel of the skill. (Focusing on one specific kinesthetic or feeling cue). The stuck gymnast is instead focusing on his/her thoughts of what could go wrong. Getting unstuck means that you must learn to refocus on what your doing and feeling.
Father, help us learn mental toughness in serving You.