Becoming the Observer - Self Awareness in Sport

Sports teach us what mindset is. What we need to do to grow and more importantly, our own psychology.

What does productivity and peace feel like to you?

“Self-acceptance and self-knowledge is continually what living is for me.” - Anthony Ervin


There are two types of self awareness. Internal self-awareness, represents how clearly we see our personal passions, aspirations, values, fitting in with our environment, reactions (including positive thoughts, negative thoughts,  feelings, behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses), and how we impact others. External self-awareness, is understanding how others view ourselves in these areas. 


Cultivating self-awareness doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It doesn’t have to be an exact meditation ritual that lasts 20 minutes at a certain hour of the day or listening to a guided practice every morning before you start your day. It most certainly can be, if this suits your personality and it is a great way to get started. However, it can be very simple and very individualized. It all begins with paying attention to your thought processes.

Anthony Ervin, the legendary 31-year-old Olympic swimmer who rose, fell, and rose again with his second Olympic team at the London Olympics, considers the above the art of “being self-aware instead of being led along by the senses of your environment,” he says. “Be aware of them. Don’t reject them but be very conscious of them.”

A quick assessment of your own self awareness:

Basic – Aware of your thoughts while you have them.

Medium – Aware of the thoughts and emotions you have about your thoughts in the moment.

High – Able to put attention on your emotions, and physical state in a way to relax and thereby change your thought process in the moment.

Become the Observer. The observer of self. 

RISE Blog Contributor

Jess Rocheleau