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When you see your limits, you see your limits change

This 1-minute video conveys an important motivational mantra: “When you see your limits, you see your limits change”. That’s because you can’t change something you can’t see. Elite and High Performance athletes also know from Deliberate Practice Principles; you can’t improve something you don’t measure. Measurement in goal setting starts by being AWARE of the context and in this instance “perceived limits”.

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All Champions ‘Do’ New Year’s Resolutions

If there is one thing ALL champions ‘do’ is New Year’s Resolutions, in one form or another.

They know you either plan to fail or fail to plan.

Champions also know the importance of self-motivation. When facing the new year ahead, Arnold’s video is my go-to source of inspiration and aspiration as I create my list of New Year’s Resolutions.

Once that video wears off, I’ll revert to Michael Phelp’s video that reinforces the need for DISCIPLINE and TENACITY.

To get you mojo in 2021, check out one of my most popular programs – My Best Year Ever – it’s a system to create your New Year’s Resolutions and actually make them come true!

 

 

 

Every Millimetre Matters

We all need a boost of motivation from time to time. This ad is a great source of inspiration when you just want to reach deep down and push yourself just a bit further.

 

Mamba Forever

Kobe Bryant Short Film

Arnold Schwarzenegger 2018 – The speech that broke the Internet – You can’t NOT be inspired after watching this!

I don’t care what some might think of him as a person with his personal relationship challenges, I leave that for others to debate.

His work ethic is legendary.

What’s amazing is how FEW people know his total commitment to doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve his outcome(s)…

And he has done it SEVERAL TIMES in multiple, TOTALLY different industries, each requiring TOTALLY DIFFERENT SKILLS.

I have tracked his progress from his early days as a bodybuilder… and every step of the journey – the message is simple – WORK HARD, but in today’s nanny state filled with snowflakes, it’s as if he’s speaking of a bygone era…

It’s not a bygone era – NOTHING with respect to HARD WORK has changed.

What HAS CHANGED is the nuber of people willing to WORK HARD has diminished, which means…

You guessed it – the REWARDS today are MUCH greater than they were in “his day”.

That is a discussion for another day, another time. For now, get INSPIRED and make 2019 Your Best Year Ever.

Set your goals, dreams, aspirations HIGHER.

‘Dream Crazy’ and the mindset of a champion

The second element of Exponential Mindset Thinking is:

“Today’s dreams are the foundation of tomorrow’s reality” – Dr Marc Dussault

Nike’s new ad campaign speaks to this – LOUD AND CLEAR…!

Serena Williams – US Open Inspiration

As a coach, I can talk about visualisation until I’m blue in the face…

This video of Serena Williams hammers it home superbly.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm_JcJqFcWe/

 

Listen up babies!

Champions aren’t born, they’re made.

September 13th

For some, the number 13 is unlucky, not for me. In fact it’s a very special number.

When it comes to sports psychology, there is a fine line between rituals and superstitions and what I call “routines” for success. The former create a false sense of certainty (with no benefit) whereas well designed “routines” significantly improve your chance for success because YOU control them and they are directly tied to the outcome you want.

A superstition can be:

  • Not walking on the white lines of a tennis court after a rally is over
  • Placing your water/juice bottles with the labels all facing one direction
  • Not leaving the squash court without hitting a nick
  • Always being the last player on or off the court
  • Tying and untying your shoes 3 times each time you put them on

A routine can be:

  • Making sure you have no less than 3 wristbands in your sports bag
  • Having 3 or 4 rackets strung at the same tension
  • Warming up for 15 minutes at least an hour before your match
  • Getting up 2 or 3 hours before a morning match to be fully awake.
  • Taking the time to tie your shoes properly

When superstitions get out of hand, you’ll slip into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)… That is something you want to avoid at all costs. It IS preventable, but breaking the superstitions as soon as they “Start”.

Coaches and parents should STOP this behaviour immediately in young, junior players who don’t fully understand the long-term ramifications of developing OCD tendencies. Many top players now afflicted with OCD readily admit (in their published biographies) that they shouldn’t have started them in the first place, but are now “stuck” with them.