Some thoughts to help along the way...
Last issue, we wrote a bit about getting more sleep to support your practice. This issue, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of Flowology Mindset Number 2: Choose your language consciously and make it empowering.
Here's an interesting video on what might be described as discussing the necessary aspects of failure and the positive results that ensue. The first few minutes were quite powerful and mostly unrelated to Honda itself and then the story at 7:45 offers one of the best reframes ever about Edison and the lightbulb: "I never failed -- it just didn't work 10,000 times..." and then 10,001, it lit up.
Along those lines, we're inviting you to consider the difference between criticism and feedback and how these ideas might related to marginalizing vs tolerance of differences. Perhaps those are lofty thoughts to put into your poi practice... and... perhaps you'll find more confidence in asking for feedback rather than taking someone's criticism. Read a bit about our thoughts on Criticism vs. Feedback and The Ego of Performance to help support the mental aspects of your performance.