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How Mentally Prepared Are You?

Mind Games: Making Olympians Mentally Fit

From National Public Radio, February 10, 2010

This is a great read for those who truly desire to achieve their goals.

Imagine yourself into achieving

“The No. 1 issue that I deal with the most — just how to handle the nerves … how to get rid of the mental anguish, be confident and perform the best.”

– Nicole Detling Miller, mental coach for the U.S. speedskating team

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The reason I post this is that the mind focusing skills and brain-based strategies I teach work for people who use them. AND one of the side effects that many people experience is an Achievement Lag Period where disruptions can occur. This is the prime time to practice and develop Achievement Mental Toughness, the ability to maintain your focus no matter what the distractions. Who better to learn from than those who are at the Top of their Game???

Watch for two things: 1) The use of variations of the word “imagine”. A well developed imagination is one of the four primary skills successful people use. 2) Notice the focus on the mind of the athlete. Your Mind is THE most powerful physical asset that you are born with. How much have you done to develop yours???


Reutter and the other members of the U.S. Olympic speedskating team don’t have to suffer self-doubt alone. They had a “mental coach” to turn to before the Olympics. And University of Utah sports psychologist Nicole Detling Miller is with the skaters in Vancouver as they train and compete.

“Many of [the athletes] will tell you that the difference between the person at the top of the podium and fourth place is who was most mentally tough that day,” Miller says. “Who could handle the distractions and not get freaked out, not allow it to affect their performance [and] not allow it to prevent them from trusting themselves?”

Makes you go hmm mind

Don’t be confused…

“Don’t be confused. A serious person knows what is important to him.” This is a line from a movie.

How true.

Later the same character said to expect only five minutes of feeling happy twice a year.

I choose a higher level of expectation.


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Mental Toughness

I saw a report about how Vancouver, Canada, where the winter olympics are being held in 3 days, is not having enough snow. They talked about what they’re doing to get the mogul track ready with trucked-in snow.

Then they asked the athletes what they thought about the situation. There are two points that I thought were transferable to what we all learn about causing change in life.

Each one of them said the Olympic Organizers know how to handle that situation; i.e. they trust them. And their job (the athlete’s) is to show up and do what they do best…their sport.

This is a similar idea to how you create something in your life:

  • Step 1: Ask for what you desire (Clarify, Claim and Visualize what you desire)
  • Step 2: NOT your job
  • Step 3: Become the person who receives what you are visualizing daily.

Are you trusting that step 2 is not your job?

Do not limit the opportunities that come to you by thinking that you know how it is best for it to come to you. Step 2 is where you allow the Universe, your Source, the Infinite Potential to bring to you the best way for you to proceed. This is not as mystical as it may come across here and in classes this is made clearer.

Point 2 was given by one of the athletes. He said it does not matter how good they make the course with snow. The athlete with the greater mental toughness will win.

That’s when my teacher/student light bulb went off…

Mental Toughness is a term indicating how focused you remain on your desired outcome without being distracted by anything that is not that.

How focused are you?

How often do you let your attention be distracted to what is not working?

What can you do to increase your Mental Toughness?

Remember: You are in control of your thoughts and you were born with the Power of Attention. Where you focus your attention is the direction in life you are heading.

What you think is a choice… always.