Did you know that 90% of sport is a mental game? The same can be said of business and yet how much time do athletes or business people spend on their mental game? There are so many ways to do this – from visualisation, goal setting, focus to digging deeper to understand and change core beliefs to support the life experience you really want to have.
In my telecall last week, sharing my Olympic Experience, I alluded to, but didn’t go in great detail, the importance of developing the mental game. You can work on this separately (and that’s a big part of what I do with my clients) AND you can work on your mental game while playing the physical game.
It is said that “champions are made in training” and it’s not just about acquiring the skills and fitness to perform. What’s more important is the attitude taken in preparation.
Now ‘the game’ is whatever it is you do in your business or life. Your game could be sales meetings, phone calls, speaking to a group or writing a book or blog.
Are you applying yourself mentally to do your best, to learn, to improve on a daily basis. Are you focusing? Are you giving yourself feedback? Is there something you need to practise more so you can be really prepared for when it counts.
I see a lot of people learning information at seminars and reading books, and then go home and forget to apply the learnings to their real-life situation. It’s no use being the person who thinks you ‘know it’ if you are not actually living it.
When I heard this for the first time it was a big wake-up call for me. Thanks Kurek Ashley. My first big seminar which really lifted my expectations of what I could do in life beyond sport and the Olympics. I walked on fire too!
I realized that I was reading all these books, and had done so for at least 10 years, and I wasn’t really getting it and applying it to my life.
I decided to change that and commit myself to learning and continual improvement – not because I’m broken, but because I want to keep growing. That’s not for everyone, but I think it is for you, if you are here reading what I have to say.
So, take a moment to think about it. How can you apply yourself on a daily basis? How can you improve to make it easier to achieve your goals or the lifestyle you desire?