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Boost Your Performance With The Grit Of An Olympian!

The Ultimate Books To Form A Winner’s Mentality

Posted by Darren011 - August 16th, 2016

The 2016 Olympics are finally here, as Rio takes center stage to host the world’s biggest sporting event, which will be viewed by millions across the globe—even by those who don’t usually make time to watch sports. The Olympics are special as they always deliver seminal moments to inspire others for years to come. While many professional athletes talk about the pressure that comes with competition, competing on the world stage at the Olympics heaps new levels of pressure and intensity which the athlete may never feel again in their career.

It takes a lot to compete against others who’ve dreamed about winning a gold medal for just as long as you have. With millions watching, and knowing that this opportunity comes to very few people (and only every four years!), it’s easy to see why the chest feels tight and the shoulders feel heavy when it’s time to perform.

Millimeters and milliseconds can make the difference between a gold medal and no medal at all. An Olympian's entire approach is under constant scrutiny to optimize performance, from their diet to the equipment used, as they look to make the slightest tweaks to gain an advantage.

An incredible amount of grit and will is needed just to compete at the Olympic games, let alone make it to the podium to collect a medal. Every competitor at the Olympics is talented, so what makes the difference between those who perform to their full capabilities and those that don’t? Physical training and diet are vital ingredients to performance, but the competitor’s mindset is the most important. If the athlete's mindset fails them, they won’t achieve what they’re truly capable of.

The most talented team, or individual, doesn't always win. This is why we love watching sports. Some athletes have physical talents others simply can’t match—but what they lack in some areas, they’ll make up for with pure grit and the will to win.

We’ve all seen the team that showed up as heavy favorites to win, but the underdog shows up hungrier. They want it more, so they dig deep and work together tirelessly to pull off the upset against all odds. We’ve also seen the world’s best athletes have a poor few minutes by their immaculate standards. You can see the frustration on their face as they lose focus, and then, it’s too late—the game has slipped away. And, we’ve witnessed those rare once-in-a-lifetime moments where an athlete turns up looking possessed, and they go on to steamroll the competition on the biggest stage, making it look easy—when we know it isn’t.

For all of the above, mental strength is the key to making sure the best version of yourself shows up when it matters the most. You too can develop this mental toughness to add value to many areas in your life.

Here are three books that will allow you to cultivate the mindset needed to help you achieve your ambitions. Whether you compete in sporting competitions or not, this mindset will be a vital tool to help you smash your goals in all areas of your life.

1. Will It Make the Boat Go Faster? by Ben Hunt-Davis & Harriet Beveridge

Ben Hunt-Davis won a gold medal in the Men's VIIIs at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia as a member of the British Rowing Team: they were the first British team to win the event since 1902. After years of falling short, the GB Rowing Team had to shake up their entire approach. They didn’t need to be best friends, they just needed to pull together and zone in on their shared goal. In the team’s preparation for the Olympics, every decision they made was measured up against one short and simple sentence: “Will it make the boat go faster?” 

"Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat: you have to master yourself." — Olga Korbut

2. Executive Toughness by Jason Selk

It’s tougher than ever before for athletes to silence their inner doubts and insecurities. We live in a time where social media and mainstream media hurls criticism, insults, and mockery their way whenever they fall short on expectations, and a lapse in belief robs athletes of their true capabilities. Mental Training Director and Performance Coach, Jason Selk, believes anyone can achieve mental toughness, to make sure their talents aren’t hampered. Executive Toughness shares the techniques Selk used when coaching the St Louis Cardinals to defeat the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series—something they hadn’t achieved for over twenty years.

“I’ve been in a poor physical shape many times in my career and I’ve had some of my best results. My best performances happened because my mind was in the right place. The mind is definitely stronger than the body.” — Kelly Slater

3. Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Professional athletes are constantly trying to better themselves, but they don’t automatically improve their performance with hours of practice. It’s back and forth, up and down, as some days are better than others. They all fail at times, whether it’s falling short of their previous records or losing motivation after a humbling defeat in training. As a former table tennis champion, and the British number one for almost a decade, Matthew Syed has dealt with his fair share of setbacks. Blackbox Thinking invites you to view failure in a new light: to see it as the ultimate teacher, which allows us to better ourselves and to make progress.

I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

The principles taught in these books can be applied to almost any area of your life, and certainly not just sporting competition. Learning to develop an undeterred, unshakable, and determined mindset is one of the best things you can do for yourself, to help reach your goals, both personal and collective.

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Thanks Fox, it's much appreciated :)