On November 2020 we began working with a group of competitive athletes located across the US and Canada. The participants represented the following States and Province.
The participants followed the MIA® process that includes: daily practice, weekly assignments, and attended weekly sessions via Zoom. Here are some of their testimonials.
Challenge: Athletes often experience a heightened level of pressure and stress. Our program helps individuals become aware of thoughts and actions that contribute to unnecessary anxiety and we provide the tools on how to change them.
“This program has helped me out so much and the several weeks we’ve worked together has opened my eyes so much to not only how I went throughout my day but how I look towards everything as a whole. I found the audios that were shared with me to be extremely helpful towards releasing the pressure that I had and putting stress of not only myself but those around or those who were around me. And I am able to look back at the past meetings we had through her notes and I can always go back through our emails to listen to the audios again. I am so happy to have been a part of it and I am thankful for the time you’ve put into it and into me. It was a pleasure.” – Joel, 19
Challenge: Shame and guilt of feeling like we are not enough is a common phenomenon and athletes are not immune to it. However, most people are not even aware of how their mental talk can impacting their daily life, their relationships, and even their career. Our program has helped many be more conscious and intentional with their self-talk to get out of the victim mentality and take action for success.
“The program has helped me tremendously. I left every session feeling refreshed and I felt like I gained an interesting new perspective each time. I felt very empowered with the new knowledge I was fed and was eager to apply it to my everyday life. I started this program with a negative outlook on life. I was at a low point and I was on a search for something to help me make a change. The “homework” prescribed to us was a game changer. This program ultimately led me to realize one of the biggest things that was contributing to my anger/sadness and it ended up changing my life completely. I’m currently happier even though my circumstances are not up to par. I feel a lot more love and respect for myself, which I was severely lacking. I felt like I lived my life on autopilot without making any considerations as to why I felt a certain way. I would journal before this program but I never went in depth with my entries. I didn’t know what to do with the felt emotions I would write about. The visualization exercises were another factor that helped me because I was able to identify all the subconscious shame and guilt I didn’t even know I was carrying. Most importantly, I always felt understood and not at all judged. The sessions ended up being a safe place for me in times of turmoil.” – Kat, 26
Challenge: Lack of confidence can be detrimental to how we show up in our daily life. Individuals and athletes alike who questions their personal worth will experience low levels confidence in everything they do impacting their overall performance.
“The program has helped me to truly connect with my deeper self, connect with my soul and rekindle with my inner child. In this fast-paced world today with technology and the human nature of one’s desire to “climb up the ladder” and “be successful”, we oftentimes forget about who we really are and start sweeping all our issues under the rug. That is quite literally the root of unfulfillment, broken relationships and war. When we reconnect with ourselves, we heal our own traumas, we feel better and we contribute to the world better. That is what this program has helped me with – I now slowly but surely face my own baggage and talk to my inner child in order to help her heal and live a more balanced life.” Adrie – 22
This article describes the application of MIA® as a transformational learning methodology that uses qualitative and quantitative analysis to explain the transformational process with a group of students at a public university. Later, these students implemented this methodology in developing social projects. This methodology has two components: Organizational techniques, and indigenous practices. One of the projects is with blind people where these students applied the same methodology with the objective of changing the paradigm of limitation in people with visual disability. This article describes the transformation in these students and the blind people. This transformational process has three phases: 1) Reactive phase where the participants can observe that they are reacting to life; 2) Awareness phase where the participants realized about their self-sabotaging behaviors, but they can not change them; and 3) The third head phase where the participants can become the observer and can change the self-sabotaging behaviors. The conclusion describes how these self- sabotaging behaviors did not allow inclusion of people with visual disability because they were excluding themselves subconsciously.
Research Article in Spanish:
Nueva Vida project
Nueva Vida project