In a new feature at Fitness Magazine, Amy Purdy gives 5 tricks to reaching every goal. Check out the mentions on Derek and how he’s helped her to do so. *so cool!! Don’t you just love her?!
Cut yourself some slack. Athletes are notorious for being incredibly hard on themselves when mistakes are made, which was a double-edged sword for Purdy at the beginning of Dancing with the Stars. “It’s really easy to beat yourself up,” says Purdy. “There were a lot of times that I missed a move or didn’t do something quite right and, at one point, I put pressure on myself and said, ‘This week I’m not making any mistakes.’
To change her mentality, Purdy listened to partner Derek Hough. “Derek would say it doesn’t matter and I need to absorb everything and be more proud of myself for what I did…So instead I asked myself, ‘If I mess up, how am I going to react?’ And toward the end of our season, when we did our jazz dance, I ended up—for the first time—messing up our footwork. I knew I was not doing the right thing but I absolutely committed to what I was doing and kept a smile on my face and enjoyed what I was doing. When I go back and watch the video I’m proud of myself because you can’t beat yourself up because of your failures or your mistakes. It’s truly about how you react and how you deal with them.”
Be positive…and let everyone in on it. “Before we would go out and dance, [Derek and I would] always have these positive affirmations,” explains Purdy. “If we were doing an upbeat dance and needed to get pumped up, we’d go up and down the halls and yell, ‘yes, yes, yes’ at the top of our lungs—I’m surprised the audience didn’t hear us! It’s amazing how much it would fill me with this positive power that I was really excited to go out and share with people.” So whether it’s quietly chanting a mantra or singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs (Purdy’s a fan of “Your Love” by The Outfield), don’t be afraid to express positivity that could lead to a perfect performance.
Surround yourself with inspiration. Whether it’s Derek Hough, Oprah, or one of the many female athletes that will participate in the ESPN Women’s Summit October 8-10th, Purdy always surrounds herself with other driven people. “I feel like inspiration is contagious,” she explains. “People are going there [to the Life You Want tour and Women’s Summit] to get inspired but I’m kind of there to do that as well. I’m inspired to by what everyone else is doing and I can’t wait to…continue to do stuff that inspires me and share that with the world.” And for those of you wondering what that might be (um, me), keep an eye out for Purdy’s new clothing line with Element—expected to debut in Spring 2015—and book, on shelves this December.
More at Fitness Magazine.