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It is quite possible for you to incorporate techniques used by Olympic athletes in order to improve your performance whether you are an athlete or a business person. 

If you’re like most people you overlook mental preparation as part of your overall scheme in improving your performance.  Well, if this is true for you, you may be interested to know that many Olympic athletes said that if they had begun their mental training earlier, they would have been far more successful.  Also, the best athletes worked with a coach to create a customized mental game plan. 

What about those athletes that did not fare well?  It seems that the problem they experienced were as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Today I will continue with describing the second of the four elements associated with the Mental Preparation for Competitions that Olympic athletes use.  The second element is the Competition Focus Plan. 

Competition Focus Plan: 

  • Discover what kind of focus works best for you
  • Plan to draw upon this focus during the event 

The entire topic of focus deserves an entire book but for now let’s figure out what kind of focus might be of most benefit to you given who you are and what kind of activity you will be engaging in. Read the rest of this entry »

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Continuing with the Olympic Mental Readiness Program, we have seen that  Olympic athletes follow certain steps to ensure success.  In addition to Simulation Training (creating an “as-if” experience and using mental imagery) champions rely on a detailed mental preparation for the competition.  This involves 4 steps: Read the rest of this entry »

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How do you prepare for a big event like a major presentation, sales call, jury trial, or job interview?  Do you have and use a mental preparation plan?  If you’re like most people, you do not have such a plan which is too bad because you’re missing the opportunity to work on and improve the most important factor in performance success.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Because I live in the Boston area (Cambridge), I am rooting for the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup. So far, the Vancouver Canucks have the lead but it’s early in the series. 

What I’m worried about is that the Canucks have a secret weapon – well it’s not secret any more because the Boston Globe ran an article about the Canucks hiring sport psychologist Dr. Len Zaichkowsky to help them gain that winning edge. Read the rest of this entry »

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