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.
“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?”