Think like a Champion

Friday, January 29, 2016 • Hollywood, FL 33026

Think like a Champion

This month, I have been reading “How Champions Think In Sports and in Life”, by Dr. Bob Rotella, a well-known sports psychologist.  The book explains that a successful life is based on how you perceive yourself.  Wow! If you take a hard look at that factor, it can be an intense review.  But, let’s keep it a bit lighter for the beginning of 2016.

Confidence, skill, and memory, are some of what builds us into who we are. Confidence comes from success in our endeavors.  Whether that is in deadlifting 200 pounds, or teaching a child how to throw a baseball, it is a positive reaction to that experience which builds confidence.  Skill is learning to do something through practice, until we master it.  The skill of learning how to tie my shoe in kindergarten was a big deal at the time, it meant moving up the rung to 1st grade. (Life should be so easy!)  As for memory, this is the sticking point.  You have to train your mind to be a champion.

Rotella sights a multitude of examples dealing with well known, and every day, athletes.  He points out that when you have a negative experience, you can’t get glued to it.  In the case of golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus refused to dwell on bad shots because they were not going to help him win in the future.  Instead, he concentrated on what did work.  Rotella believes that type of thinking shows a champion’s mind.

So, how do we get away from dwelling on past negatives? Think of all the training that you have done through the years.  At the gym, for work, in school, more training than you can probably even recall. When you completed the challenge, and passed it, remember how great that feeling of success felt?

There is good stuff in your past.  We have all experienced confidence through building skills and succeeding.   Why not re-train your mind to concentrate on those successes, move forward, and not get stuck on that bad shot?  Rotella points out that you train your body through exercise, thus, you can train your mind as well.

You can think like a champion!

Stay strong

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Reference:  Rotella, R., 2015, How Champions Think in Sports and in Life, New York, NY, Simon and Schuster