How to train your mind like an athlete

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Training your mind is key to your success in life.

Do you compare yourself with other successful online people and worry you don’t have what it takes?

Are you afraid people will find out that you really don’t know enough and that you’re a fraud?

Do you feel fear when you think about what you want to earn in your business next year because you aren’t sure you can pull it off?

Athletes know that they win the game first in their minds.

Athletes know that the more you believe you’ll achieve your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them. 

Top performers believe in themselves and work at building and reinforcing their positive mental attitudes and self-confidence. 

They know that where the mind goes, the body follows.  So they visualize their success before they even enter the playing field.

The biggest issue facing most new entrepreneurs as well as most people is that you’re blocking your own success because of your mindset. 

Your mind is the steering wheel of your life. 

Either you’re in charge of your mind or you believe everything you think. 

You are not your thoughts.

Your thoughts come from your left-brain – your language center.

Neuroscientists call it the “narrator” or “storyteller.” Only humans have the ability to make up stories about the future or dredge up regret from the past.

You suffer emotionally (frustration, anger, anxiety, fear) because you believe what you think.

It’s crucial to learn how to observe what you think and feel especially when you’re feeling stress, anxiety, frustration and practice observing what you think about especially when you’re thinking a negative thought.

The key to getting what you want is to become conscious of what you think, believe and feel.   

It’s key to understand what’s going on in your mind because what you think about creates your emotions that in turn drive your behavior that gives you the results that you have today.

It’s key to start to notice when you think anything negative about your ability to do what you want to do or when you experience procrastination, fear, overwhelm, or if you compare yourself to others.

It’s the voice that tells you that you aren’t good enough, smart enough or expert enough to do what you want to do. It will stop you in your tracks by asking you, “Who do you think you are to do this?”

I want to help you break free from what’s blocking you and to help you get out of your own way so that you can create a profitable business to support the life you want to live.

I want to share with you the most important thing I’ve learned in my life and as a businesswoman.

These are the keys to making your business work so that you’re happier and fulfill your desires plus overcome any obstacle that keeps you from living your purpose.

Key #1:  You are not the voice in your head that tells you are aren’t good enough or asks you, “who do you think you are to do __________?”

Eckhart Tolle says:

The ego tries to have you believe that you are your mind. It gains power this way. This means it takes you over, an imposter pretending to be you… When you recognize the unconsciousness in you, that which makes the recognition possible is the arising consciousness, is awakening.”

Your inner critic – the negative repetitive voice in the head – is an accumulation of all the critical voices from your past. It’s trying to protect you from shame and vulnerability but it keeps you in fear and playing small.

Success depends on your state of mind.  When you learn to control your thoughts, you can control your behavior and the result you want.

For an athlete – success begins before they even step on the field.

Determine exactly what you want and then visualize you having it. The idea is to win in your mind first in order to win on the outside.

How to Master Your Mind:

1. The #1 thing you can do is to notice or observe what you’re thinking.

The easiest way to practice this is to notice when you hear the voice in your head saying negative things — stop and breathe. This is your inner critic.

If negative thoughts come to mind, change them to positive thoughts of succeeding.

2. Notice the physical sensations in your body.

If you are a “feeling” type you will naturally be able to notice your body’s physical sensations. Notice and name the physical sensations those thoughts create.  You might notice that you feel drained of energy or that your jaw is clinched, or that your shoulders are tense. Breathe and relax. Then visualize that you achieve what you want to do or have.

3. Visualize your success. 

Athletes are trained to relax and visualize their performance in their mind before they enter the field. I have used this technique twice to get a jobs that I did not have experience doing. I got both jobs. My favorite visualization is an oldie but goodie from Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization.

4.  Physically practice your performance.

If you have a talk to give — a job interview or a performance – make sure that you physically rehearse. I select clothes in advance that I will wear so that I can see myself exactly in those clothes giving a talk or being interviewed. Perform without any negative self-talk.

5.  Review your performance

Make any changes mentally first in your performance then physically practice again to cement the experience in your mind.

It’s taken me years and tens of thousands of dollars with my own coaches to learn these insider business secrets and that is what I want to share with you.

The closer you get to living your true purpose, the bigger the fear may be, but the bigger the reward will be on the other side. I still experience this too, so I can tell you firsthand how rewarding it is to experience the confidence and the courage to walk through your fear

Never Give Up!

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  1. Hi Sherold,

    I couldn’t agree more. Have you read “The Power of Full Engagement” ? It talks about their work with athletes and how having down time is really important to success. I was really intrigued by them talking about athletes having a season where they work really hard and then they have an off-season where they work less – but business owners and executives *never* have an off-season!

    1. Linda – thank you for your tip on the book. I haven’t read it but will check it out. I need a season off too! I take nights and weekends off and much of Friday so I’m getting there. xo

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