MIND GYM, Gary Mack
An Athlete guide to inner excellence.
TOTALSUCCESS Book & Coaching Club,
by Miguel De La Fuente,
Life and Business Coach.
I love helping people become Exceptional.
This week we have another awesome book on mental training and mental toughness. Mind Gym, by Gary Mack was written some years ago, in 2001, but the lesson on mental training are as relevant today as they were almost 20 years ago. This is a great book you can read in 2-3 days.
Gary Mack is a leading sport psychologist who has worked with top athletes in the NBA, NFL, NHL, WNBA and Major League Baseball.
As the legendary soccer player Pelé said many times, enthusiasm and mental edge are the keys to wining. The challenge is, most of us don’t do any mental training at all, so we let our minds run the show, and sometimes it´s not an attractive one.
Pelé, before every important match would lay down, and spend about an hour doing his Mental Workout which consisted of; #1. remembering his best plays and matches since the time he was a youngster playing in the beaches in Brazil, to, #2. Visualizing his incoming performance, playing at his very best. He would do this over and over.
Mental training is as important as physical training. To become truly successful, you need to do both.
The great news is you can always do mental practice, regardless where you are or what you are doing. Make the images are clear and as vivid as you can.
As Mariel Margaret Hamm said, “NOTHING STANDS BETWEEN US AND SUCCESS BUT OUR WILL TO WIN”
Your number priority is to make your internal critic silent, or at least lower his voice. Negativity destroys performance more than anything. As Gary calls the “Gremlins”. We all have them.
As Gary says, “The world of sports reveals many heroes. So does everyday life. It can take courage to grow up and reach your full potential”
Success is life is having no regrets. It comes from knowing you did your VERY best. The greatest victory is the victory over yourself. Remember, it’s always too soon to quit.
MY FAVORITE MIND TRAINING AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS BOOKS:
If you are looking for other exceptional books on mental training as well as mental toughness, besides this one, here are my favorites, the ones I have personally read:
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I am adding and updating this list regularly……..
Here are a few interesting ideas from the book……
“LET ME WIN. BUT IF I CANNOT WIN, LET ME BRAVE IN THE ATTEMP”
Special Olympics Program Motto
“When the game is over I just want to look at myself in the mirror, win or lose, and know I gave it everything I had”
“He doesn’t have the speed. He doesn’t have the height. But he works and works, shoots and shoots…He sets inner goals for everything- for the week, for the month, for the season”
Auerbach, talking about Larry Bird Exceptional Work Ethic
“Competitive toughness is an acquire skill and not an inherit gift”
“The biggest thing is to have a mind-set and a belief you can win every tournament”
“NOTHING STANDS BETWEEN US AND SUCCESS BUT OUR WILL TO WIN”
Mariel Margaret Hamm
The harder you work, the harder is to surrender.
“A Man Can Be AS GREAT as he wants to be”
Talent is NEVER enough. With few exceptions, the BEST players are the hardest workers.
“I remember how I used to take the train to Stockholm every day after School to play, coming home late, studying, getting up to go to School, getting on the train again, all those years. It has gotten results. But even if it hadn’t, even if I wasn’t able to become a Champion, I would still know that I gave it my best shot. I tried. I got on the train and I tried”
We are on a MISSION, Sir.
Find Your true passion and make it happen. Be on a mission and live your life on purpose. Be motivated by your desire to achieve rather than your fear of failure.
Are You Walking Your Talk?
“The absolutely worst thing a receiver can do is worry about not catching the ball or about getting hit”
“The quality of a person´s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to Excellence, regardless of their chosen field”
“You can raise above almost any obstacle if you are willing to work hard and believe you can do it”
Dr. Thad Bell
“I am proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up”
MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS:
The difference between the best and worst performance is about 50% mental. You Need to train your mind the same you train your body. Achieving inner Excellence is a process, same as building physical muscle, mental muscle needs to be develop. Mental skills, like physical skills, need constant practice and reinforcement
The great news is that You can always do mental practice, regardless where you are or what you are doing. Make the images are clear and as vivid as you can.
To become truly successful, you will need to train your mind in the process. It can be your greatest asset.
Download now my TotalSuccess App to help you stay away from an average life, with average habits, average results and an average experience. 15-Minutes Daily will help you become the absolutely best you can become. You have a responsibility to honor pour potential. The biggest pain in life comes from not maximizing your Potential and doing what you know you were capable of doing, for you and others. You have been given the Most Extraordinary Gift; Your Life. Use it.
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