Psychologist Linda Aldrich shares valuable BODY Language tips that transformed her from a quiet reserved introvert to a MASTER-Level competitive ice-skater with World-Champion FOCUS!
Watch Linda demonstrate a SIMPLE LOOP JUMP:
Head is up, and her back is straight upon landing. The strong upper body position draws the eye upward, away from the feet.
Linda demonstrates BACK CROSSOVERS:
At the beginning of this clip, Linda shows back crossovers that are stiff, signaling nervousness. The shoulders are hunched up, the arms stiff, rather than stretching, and the knees are stiff, forcing the skater’s toe
picks to dig in.
Then, Linda shows more power and confidence in the next few crossovers. The shoulders are down, the knees are softer, and there is strength in each stroke. The last crossovers show the chest opening up when the hands roll back so the pinky fingers are uppermost. This also is a power and confidence position.
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Find inspiration in Linda Aldrich’s journey: “The hardest thing is always the hardest thing.” This thought came to me around twenty years ago, while I was in the process of adding a new jump to my then-current figure-skating program.
The principle is nothing new…as any piano student can tell you. Today’s most difficult piece will be a breeze in six months. And at the time that sentence came to me, I didn’t understand how “the hardest thing” in any one area of one’s life can actually make so many other things seem…easy. Or at least easier.
I took up figure skating as an introverted, nerdy, thirteen-year-old. I was terrible at it. My family didn’t have the resources for me to skate more than a few hours a week, and I had come to the sport late.
I loved it, though.
As I entered high school, I had the opportunity to try out for the Hockettes precision skating team. I was such a weak skater that I didn’t even try out in the ninth grade, and in the tenth grade, I had to share a position with another girl.
Despite being one of thirty-two identically dressed girls on the ice, I was terrified at each performance. I was also intimidated by many of the other girls, who were proficient solo skaters.
And…I loved it. It was the hardest thing in my life at that time. Speaking at high-school graduation, even when the podium light went out and I couldn’t see my notes, was easier.
When I was thirty, and had finally been skating regularly with the same coach for three years, my coach suggested that I take up individual competition. It would “build character,” she said. I replied that I had enough character, but I was intrigued nonetheless, and took up individual competition.
I was terrible at it. For years and years, I turned in poor performance after poor performance. My new coaches and I shifted our focus from winning to improving, but even that was an elusive goal.
I didn’t love it, but I kept doing it. It was definitely the hardest thing in my life, for fifteen years. Why did I spend all that time and all that money year after year after year, with no sign of improvement? Because somewhere along the way, without realizing it, I had acquired the habit of mastery, and I was determined to master the mental skills that make performing well possible.
Along the way to that mastery, questioning policies at my work, responding to intimidation from supervisors, building and finishing a house and taking up distance cycling seemed easier.
Finally, I did it!!
After fifteen-plus years of mental gyrations, humiliation, asthma attacks and the occasional injury, I mastered the skill of performing to the best of my ability, consistently. I can’t say I enjoy it or beg my coach for opportunities to compete or to perform, but I can do it, and I do.
With that challenge (mostly) under my belt, turning on a dime to effect a complete career change, taking up brand new skills in an unfamiliar line of work has been…possible.
I am a far different person from the high school student who wanted to be a Hockette, and while I’m not a true extrovert, I can present and perform as if I am.
Keeping the hardest thing in front of me has literally changed my internal narrative from “I could never do THAT” to “Why not? After all, it’s not the hardest thing.”
Contact Linda via Linkedin or on her Rodan & Field’s Website:
- Linda Aldrich is also a Rodan & Fields Independent Skincare Consultant: “I’m an independent contractor representing Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. I’m a resource for healthy skin (it’s the largest organ of the body)–how to get it/get it back and how to keep it. I also mentor and coach other women who are independent contractors: I love seeing their confidence and independence grow!”
- Linda’s Rodan & Fields website: makeyoungskin.myrandf.com
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