Watching the Olympics and seeing the excellence of Gold winners like Michael Phelps there distinctly appears to be an Olympic level of subconscious mind power training. And even if you don’t compete in the Olympics and win a display case full of Gold medals there is nothing stopping you performing like an Olympian in every part of your life.
That winning mindset that is subconsciously programmed to win in whatever you do.
Dr JoAnn of Performing Edge Coaching said that there are Olympic mind power techniques for that Gold medal effect.
Profile of the Olympic Gold Medal Mindset
What are the key characteristics of well-motivated Olympic athletes? And how do we achieve them? Through my extensive work with numerous Olympians over several years, I have developed a constellation of traits that defines the champion’s mentality. Elite athletes do not possess superhuman powers or extraordinary qualifications limited to a selected few. The characteristics that make a champion can be attained and developed by ANYONE who wants to excel in sports, business or in life.
So here Dr JoAnn points to the fact that anyone can train themselves in the characteristics that can and will make you a champion in whatever you turn your attention to.
She lists 7 of these as a guide for developing them yourself.
Olympic subconscious mind power training
- Enthusiasm and Desire — Love for Your Sport: Olympic athletes have a hunger, a fire inside that fuels their passion to achieve an important goal, regardless of their level of talent or ability. To accomplish anything of value in life you need to begin with a vision or dream. The more clearly you can see that picture in your mind, the more likely it is to become reality. Wherever you place your attention, your energy will follow.
Now this enthusiasm is a deep felt aspect. There are certain daily routines that take as little as 5 minutes at a time that uncover and generate these qualities and vision very simply. But more on that soon.
2. Courage to Succeed: Once an Olympian has the desire, he or she needs to back it up with courage — the incentive to make any dream you dare to dream become reality. It takes courage to sacrifice, to work out when you’re tired, to seek out tough competition when you know you’ll probably lose. It takes courage to stick to your game plan and the relentless pursuit of your goal when you encounter obstacles. It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before, physically or mentally, to test your limits, and to break through barriers.
So when courage is mustered are we subconsciously telling ourselves “this is doable”, “I can do this”?
3. Internal Motivation and Self-Direction: Champion athletes decide early on that they are training and competing for themselves — not for their parents, their coaches or for the medals. Direction and drive need to come from within. The goals must be ones that you have chosen because that’s exactly what you want to be doing. Ask yourself, what keeps you running? Who are you doing it for?
It’s true it comes from within. But what effect and message does it send your subconscious mind if you choose to go for it for yourself, rather than your parents dreams. Whose responsibility is it? If it is your own, does that mean that external factors steer you off course less? Do you stay on track and leap the last hurdle even if you get tripped along the way?
Is it a case that subconsciously you are not letting there to be a get out clause, no room for being a victim of circumstance?
4. Commitment to Excellence: How good do you want to be? Elite athletes know that to excel at their sport, they must decide to make it a priority in their life. They make an honest effort each day to be the best at what they do. At some point you must say, I want to be really good at this; I want this to work. To notice significant growth you must live this commitment and regularly stretch what you perceive to be your current limits.
Again commitment removes the victim from the scene so that your strength can be uncovered and let out. It surprising what we hold behind closed locker doors.
5. Discipline, Consistency, Organization: Winning athletes know how to self-energize and work hard on a daily basis. Because they love what they do it is easier for them to maintain consistency in training and in competing. Regardless of personal problems, fatigue or difficult circumstances, they can generate the optimal amount of excitement and energy to do their best.
Resistance becomes lessened the more regular we turn to what we want to do, the hurdles of self-defeating thoughts are leaped over more easily as time passes by.
6. Being Focused and Yet Relaxed: Champions have the ability to maintain concentration for long periods of time. They can tune in what’s critical to their performance and tune out what’s not. They can easily let go of distractions and take control of their attention.
Distraction and calls for the minds attention spring up all over the place and when we pander to them and jump from one to another we tell ourselves subconsciously that what we were working on is not that important so it does not matter, even when it does. Practice, practice followed by more practice informs our subconscious mind that this is important, this race is worth winning.
7. Ability to Handle Adversity: Olympic athletes know how to deal with difficult situations. Adversity builds character. When elite athletes know the odds are against them, they embrace the chance to explore the outer limits of their potential. Rather than avoiding pressure they feel challenged by it. They are calm and relaxed under fire. Setbacks become an opportunity for learning; they open the way for deep personal growth.
How many times does that voice and feeling arise to go and hide, and each time hesitation is entertained this voice gets stronger and more powerful, subconsciously sabotaging us along the way. Facing up to the challenges and relishing in the challenges subconsciously empowers us to keep going no matter what.
If you develop these Olympic subconscious mind power trainings and practice them daily you will find yourself excelling in not just in sports but personally and professionally too.
We all start at different starting points physically and mentally, so when you choose to develop your own Olympic mindset and make the most of the talents you have, stretching the limits of your abilities, physically and psychologically you will naturally start to see changes happening.
Personal growth and enjoyment will arise in all you do. And this subconscious mind power training when done everyday will turn into your very own Gold medal ceremony that doesn’t just inspire yourself but the people you come in contact with too.
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Michael Phelps has made history by becoming the most decorated Olympian ever as only a matter of days ago they put his 19th medal on him. No one can doubt that performing on the Olympic stadium can bring immense pressure with millions around the world watching you, and the weight of expectation and standards to live up to. So how does an Olympic champion develop their mindset so that they know how to have a positive mind and keep it even in the most pressurised circumstances?
At the last Olympics Phelps shared some of the mental preparation and mindset training that he works with. All say success first of all starts in the mind and starts with your thoughts (and the lack of self-defeating thoughts). Your thoughts get you to do or not do things. Here are a few of his insights shard by the Huffington Post:
“I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.”
How you think and feel about your results and the work you have to put in determines who you are becoming and you what are achieving.
There are many maxim’s that can help keep the mind and emotions on track, such as
“I intend to find a positive in every negative, perception is reality.”
“I won’t predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.”
Your thoughts quite naturally trigger certain feelings. These feelings and emotions are felt in the body, affecting how your system performs and works.
Having a few presets such as the maxims above – they can and will create a more open and less closed off feeling and emotional vibration throughout the system if referred to enough – so that they become your reality.
”If I want to be as successful as I want to be, I have to be thinking about it all the time.”
How to have a positive mind under Olympic pressure
So is focus an important factor?
Where your attention goes grows. So if you regularly put time aside to sit or stand imagining and thinking of your success as though it has already happened, you performing at your best in the event – winning and achieving whatever it is you want, whatever it is you are aiming for – a mental, emotional and a physiological change occurs in your system.
And is this physiological change tuned into the succeeding or in the failing? By practicing this every day for a minimum of a concentrated and relaxed 5 minutes or more does and will have an impact. Many scientific studies have been done to report this single practice works for people of all walks of life including top athletes.
The Huffington Post also reported:
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team also won the gold medal for the team competition in artistic gymnastics. When team captain Aly Raisman was on the balance beam, the commentator said … that Raisman stays calm under all the pressure by adjusting her perspective to the competition.
Hard work and dedication is essential to success, but not everybody is able to withstand the pressure in the end. No matter how much you prepare, sometimes your nerves get the best of you.
Is it interesting to note that this preparation of positive and success mindset training does have an impact and yet at the same time the trixter of the mind can introduce a few thoughts of doubt. We call these thoughts of doubt ‘having nerves’, we also call the anticipation just before performing ‘having nerves’. And at the same time who is in control of these thoughts of doubt, who is in control of the feelings of anticipation?
There really is only one person who has control, and only one person who has access to the workings of their own mind. It’s true you can practice all the physical strokes you want, all the balancing and flips that you want but if your mind has not been trained to at least the same degree or even better this little trixter can knock you off balance at the most crucial of times.
Aly Raisman and Michael Phelps: They succeed because instead of focusing on all the negatives they focus on the positive. They do not think of tumbling off or falling back, they think of winning, glory and happiness, and that is what gets them on to the medal podium.
And this medal podium is available to each and everyone one of us day-in and day-out. Each one of us have our own pictures of what looks like success to us and in what we would want to be the medal winner – whether that’s the medal of getting a loved one to smile and say ‘hi’… whether that’s the medal of landing the next promotion or the next big contract… whether that’s the medal of your kids looking at you with great respect and you leading by example… whether that’s a romantic dinner that ends up in a marriage proposal – your picture of success is personal to you and can only ever be measured by you.
Take public speaking for example: You can have the world’s most eloquent speech prepared but unless you deliver it with confidence, it won’t have the same effect. A common piece of advice given to people who are afraid of public speaking is to imagine the audience in their underwear. This works because you are changing your perspective. Instead of being intimidated by the audience, you build your own confidence by imagining them in their most vulnerable form.
You can apply this trick in many other ways in your life. If you are taking an exam, instead of hating the material and running away from it, embrace it, love it and remember that you will succeed. If you are trying to lose weight, stop thinking of working out and eating healthy as difficult and unpleasant and change your perspective to it. You have to learn how to train your mind, because it is the most powerful tool that you have to accomplish your goals.
Get yourself a journal. Teach yourself daily how to have a positive mind, how to have a powerfully trained mind that is not incessantly focusing on failing. Record the words that inspire you, the pictures that lift you. Describe each success you are aiming for, focus just on one at a time and imagine it and rehearse it in your mind. Rehearse the winning of it and feel it, imagine it in every aspect being the success you want, and feel it deeply that you have already achieved it. Now don’t just do this for a few seconds, or a couple of minutes – do it religiously everyday in 5 minute slots for each success without distraction.
This is your time. This is your Olympic training. Each and everyone of us deserve our own gold medals in the things we choose. Life is a choice. The power of your mind unveiled is a choice, and having fun along the way is a choice too.
I know you’ll look amazing on that podium.
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What motivates people to step beyond their normal level of performance? What motivates Olympians to snatch the gold when other narrowly miss the mark? Much can be learned about how the mind body connection works for outstanding performance from the USA shooting team.
The USA shooting team come from Colorado Springs, about an hour away from the sad and disturbing Batman cinema massacre. Now you may think that these 2 things are not connected. And you may think that a tragic disaster has no impact for triggering an excellence in performance.
But strangely enough this USA shooting team that have snatched 2 Gold medals at the London Olympics with an interesting story behind their gold medal wins.
The story tells of the power of the mind. The power of how the mind directs action. How the mind body connection is something that each one of us would benefit from understanding for the better.
Tim Reynolds reported that the team:
So far in London, American shooters have won two gold medals. But since the team arrived questions have kept coming about Aurora, Colo., and the rampage on July 20 that left 12 dead and 58 others wounded. Along with that is the renewed debate about gun control in the country.
So the USA shooters are not turning up at the Olympics with just the sound of performing their best in their minds, something greater than that is running through the team.
At the Olympic shooting venue, it’s a particularly sensitive topic. American shooters in London are hoping success on their sport’s biggest stage can serve as a reminder of what they find so compelling about their game.
“There always is something positive,” said Kim Rhode, the Olympic women’s skeet champion and first U.S. athlete to win an individual medal in five straight Olympics.
“I mean, shooting is something that teaches responsibility, discipline, focus,” she added. “And this is a sport and it’s sad when those lines get blurred with media and news, with someone that was obviously very disturbed. And, you know, hopefully we just continue on the positive path and just keep showing and teaching others.”
How the mind body connection works with passon
The team turn up at the Olympics with a passion for a sport they love, enjoy and put endless hours of practice into – but this passion is under question because a tragedy that their sport has been wrongly aligned with.
Their character and what they stand for is under question within the understandable media frenzy of the tragedy caused by a ‘very disturbed’ man.
How many times have you had a passion or a belief in something, and then for whatever reason people start to look down on you, and say that you you have a passion for is not worthwhile? And that what you stand for is not worth while?
What do you do? What does your mind run away with and start saying to you? Do you question and doubt yourself? Do you start believing that what others are saying is right and what you believe in is wrong?
If this takes place what kind of connection do you think your mind and body creates? Do you think it creates an improved performance in tasks, jobs and actions or do you think it creates your off-days, your down right ‘not worth getting out of bed’ days too?
For USA Shooting, what happened in that midnight showing of the latest Batman film hit particularly close to home.
“It’s unfortunate when a tragedy like this happens and society immediately creates a link to the shooting sports and to sportsmen and enthusiasts in general,” USA Shooting spokesman Kevin Neuendorf said. “The 20 USA Shooting athletes (in London) represent class and distinction in every way. They weep for the victims and pray for their families. In times of tragedy, it’s important to remember that there is no correlation.”
Those who came to the London Games from Colorado say they’re not just representing their country at this Olympics, but their state as well.
“I will do everything in my power to make Colorado proud,” Ritzel said.
So a level of doing an action for a mourning peoples, for a state that needs positive recognition, an intention to serve a people so close to home in your heart that your mind dedicates your words, deeds and actions not for your own personal ends but for beyond the sake of them all.
Even swimming gold medalist Missy Franklin, a Colorado native, who remains rattled by the Batman shootings said:
“(In) every single race I’m going to have that Colorado incident back on my mind.”
Has this tragedy brought an extra-level of doing things for a larger purpose to the Colorado based Olympians? When the mind is directed with the power of unswerving intention it’s awe inspiring to see how the mind body connection works with precision, excellence and exceptionalness.
The mind directs the body. The chatter in the mind gets in the way and makes the body fumble and faulter. And yet a clear, strong based and unquestionable intention cuts through and ignores all chatter seeing it as inconsequential.
The Olympic Gold Medal
Is the Olympic gold medal simply the recognition of the Golden intention in the heart of an Olympian that has a mind body connection that is unfaultering?
The deep felt words of these Golden Olympians seem to reverberate clearly, not in respect of simple patriotism but in something larger and deeper in scope. How often do everyday people find themselves attending to anything with such intent.
Ask yourself your own questions? What am I doing this for? Do you have an intent so large, a cause that you are willing to put everything on the table for?
Even if you have, simply thinking it is not enough – you need to feel it on a core level and let it sink deep into your mind and heart – and I’m sure the Gold Medal Olympian in you will enter centre stage not for your glory but something far bigger than any ‘self-centred mind’ could ever fathom.
It’s a wonderful world we live in. The riches of the moments we can share are always available. Tragedies are tragedies, but we can always choose to stand-in the shoes of a shrunken victim or step up to the plate and stand for something bigger and better.
I for one am moved and inspired by these US Olympians – and feel blessed at the opportunity to learn from the examples these guys are setting. I think it’s time for a set of new trainers!
Here’s how you can step up too…
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