PEAK PERFORMANCE IS CYCLICAL
"Often we hear cries like: always give 110%! Or: always be the best version of yourself." During her injury, this made her feel pressure to be "the old one" again quickly. The result: she works herself over the head and gets in more and more pain. "By now I know: top performance is cyclical," she says. Moments of being consistently good enough, top performance and rest & recovery alternate over the year. "That's the only way you stay full of energy and able to perform."
DIFFICULT EMOTIONS ARE ALLOWED TO EXIST
It's in our habits to want to resolve difficult emotions quickly: in the case of anger, we think we need to calm down, and in the case of sadness, to be comforted immediately. Even more often we put emotions away and move on. "This year I am learning that they are also just allowed to be there. Not everything is a wise lesson and not every unpleasant event makes you stronger. "Sometimes I just get extremely bummed out and that's okay. Because I now know how to give space to difficult emotions, I am learning to feel more deeply. And that includes that sadness and anger, as well as being unabashedly happy and joyful."
REALLY CHOOSE FOR YOUR DREAMS
When Tasa is invited to train at Papendal at the end of the year, my first reaction is: but that is impossible. The long distance travel (almost 200 km per day), less time with her daughter and the high costs. "That will never work for me..." After the initial tension subsides, she begins to visualize what a life would look like in which this would work. Suddenly there it is: the insight that offers a solution. "Is it going to be hard? Absolutely. But going halfway in two years also results in half results. Now that I am at Papendal, I feel everything: this was the right choice. Half-choosing is often more painful than really choosing."