Why Mindset matters most.

SUSANNE TALK

June 29, 2021

Susanne dives into the mindset, taking inspiration from Lori Harder’s analogy that our minds are like a puppy. Untrained they go everywhere, trained they are so powerful.

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Why Mindset matters most

Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Pointe To Rise podcast. I am so grateful you are here today.

Welcome to another episode of the Point To Rise podcast today. I want to talk about mindset to you. It can be an extensive topic, and I will do just a very high-level overview of what I have learned over the past two years. Regarding how important the mindset is and how much we underestimate it at any stage, particularly in the performing arts.

I was listening to Lori Harder’s earn your happy podcast. She was talking about your mindset being that puppy at the end of the leash. Depending on the level of training you’ve given that puppy, the puppy will cooperate and walking right beside you, or it’s taking you for a walk and going wherever it wants to go.

I found this analogy so profound because It’s the truth. Suppose we ignore our mindset, thoughts, and beliefs if we don’t have that level of awareness where we understand that our perspective is creating our reality. Then we will always be less powerful than we actually could be.

Let me explain when I came out. First, I would say my career, and then I settled into a new job and recreated everything I had already experienced.
When I started with self-development, I realized that my mindset as a performer as the dancer was that completely untrained puppy at the end of the leash. I let that puppy go where ever it wanted to go. I let that puppy do whatever it wanted with me. I had not put in any training. I’ve not taken any lessons. For me to be calling the shots and me saying, this is not what we’re going to do today. And this is not where we were going
you are coming with me.

Understanding it and having that first aha moment was such a significant shift for me because I realized. Well, wait, but what if I had this kind of training? What if I started looking into human psychology? Like what would that look like, and what would I discover? How much of a difference would it have made in my career? Where could I have gone?

So I came to the realization. That was training my body was undoubtedly necessary. We all know it; in the performing arts, we empathize skill over anything else. However, I’m going to challenge us right here to all of you and whatever you do. Suppose you’re a singer, a dancer, and an actor. An athlete, an entrepreneur, everything starts with your mindset.

It’s not in acquiring more skills. Sure, you can do it. You can continually develop more skills, but if you don’t believe in yourself, if you don’t believe that, you can do it if you don’t catch your limiting beliefs. If you don’t catch thoughts that hold you back from stepping into what you want to become.

Suppose you put your power in other people’s hands and let them tell you what you should be doing and shouldn’t be doing. If you don’t have a relationship with yourself and understand that you are the closest to you, spending the most time with any skill will only bring you to a certain point.

I see it as a lot in the clients I’m serving; why can’t I do this anymore? Why is it so hard for me to gain back my physical skills after an injury? It’s because you don’t trust yourself yet. It’s because you have lost your inner compass. Or you haven’t even started yet digging into yourself and understanding where you want to go, what you want to become. How am I modeling every day, these kinds of behaviors? And that’s not showing up in the studio and working your ass off. No, it is; what else do you do? What else do you do to further your education to train your mind? When you are confronted with judgment, if you’re faced with failure, that doesn’t bog you down; it doesn’t make you doubt your abilities and who you want to become, that you only see this kind of result as a stepping stone to becoming more so.

I am such a big advocate, too, before we go and acquire any other skills in terms of getting another degree, or I don’t know, lay in another Instagram post. Train your mindset over and over and over and over again, understand where you want to go and see that it’s possible for you, and write out what you have already achieved.

If you don’t have a solid relationship with yourself, if that puppy on the other end of the leash isn’t trained, something like that can bog you down so much that you may show up in the studio the next time from a place of self-judgment resulting in getting injured. You may wavier in your passion for the art resulting in you don’t believe anymore.

So with that said, you guys train your mind, a train that puppy on the other leash. Make your (puppy) habit walk beside you and center in front of you and create your habits with control. At any given point, we all get triggered. It’s around the awareness of these triggers, where these triggers are coming from, how can you move through this kind of triggers without reacting right away, but with observing and then taking steps to move around it, I’m sending you so much love.

Thank you for listening, and train that puppy.

I’m sending you so much love till next time.

All right. My loves. Thank you so much for reading.

Bye guys.

So much ❤

Susanne

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About Susanne Puerschel

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Susanne, Founder of Pointe To Rise, an Empowerment society for dancers and other artists, Wellness Entrepreneur, podcast host, former international ballerina, and an experienced principal chief executive officer had the privilege to grow up behind the iron curtain in Berlin, Germany.
She’s dedicating her time now, after working in cooperate America and running her own businesses, to building community among dancers and artists, providing mindset and high-performance coaching, and building a media company that will be the springboard to revitalizing the Arts.

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