The WINNING WAY-THE WINNING MIND: How to Excel in Mind Management (in Sport and in Life)

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Article Title: The WINNING WAY-THE WINNING MIND: How to Excel in Mind Management (in Sport and in Life)

Submitter: Craig Lock
Category (key words/tags): Sport, Sport Psychology, Gary Hermanson, Success, Mind, Mind Control, Mind Power, Success Principles, Motivation, Inspiration, Empowerment, Positive Thinking, and
Positive Psychology (enough there now, craig!)

Web Sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://goo.gl/vTpjk and http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock
The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com
https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/
http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/
http://godandformula1.wordpress.com/
http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

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THE WINNING WAY: THE WINNING MIND

Submitter’s Note:

The submitter is a “sports fanatic”, who has spent much of his life studying and writing about the “mindset of achievement and peak performance”. He has written a number of books on the psychology of sport, including ‘THE WINNING MIND’. Here are his notes (brief) from an interview with former All Black rugby player, Chris Laidlaw 9th October 2011 (from National Radio New Zealand).
from http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday
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GOING MENTAL IN SPORT: EXCELLING IN MIND MANAGEMENT
(a book by Gary Hermanson)
Here are my notes (brief) on the discipline of sport psychology. I’ve also added a a bit of input in the form of some of my own thoughts on the power of the mind (in brackets).
It’s all in the head, the top two inches. And this is the dominant factor on the field, in pool, on the track. One’s state of mind is the dominant thing and can determine the difference between winning and losing. It’s a matter of “getting the head right on the night”.
“All things are ready, if our minds be so.”
– Henry V
The higher a person gets in sport, the difference between preparation and talent is very small. It’s who turns up on the day that makes the crucial difference. Under pressure an athlete has to get into the “go to” state. Don’t worry/focus on the outcome (outcome thinking). Doing this causes feelings of anxiety, the sports person’s breathing tightens (known as “freezing”, they go into a “closing down” state (both physically and mentally) – what is termed choking”).
Mentally and physically in performance. Physiological responses arise from what’s in the head – self-doubt, anxiety, feelings of dread – mental freezing “kicks in” – “sqeezing of breathing”. Physiological responses arise out of what’s going on in the head and can lead to self criticism and anxiety, rather than the motivating and empowerment of nervous excitement.
A truth: “The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the means it uses.”
– Australian author Bryce Courtenay (author of ‘The Power of One’).
The 4-minute mile barrier was broken by Roger Bannister, then (this “invisible ceiling”) was instantly repeated by many other athletes.
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At the highest level performance is 90% mental. For peak performances, talents need to be harnessed to the right head-space. Athletes need to train for peak performance.
Self image is formed by age 7 (period between 5-7) – we take on messages about the world ie. it’s the habitual ways of thinking about ourselves. Which in turn leads to the representation of how we see ourselves today. However, they are not necessarily good patterns of thought. YOU are in charge of your thinking and can change it. You can move your mind-set to be more helpful in your performance. “Dread anxiety”: it’s so easy to step into negative thinking and anxious feelings, when pressure mounts. A sense of foreboding makes the athletes muscles “tighten up”.
My advice (from a “layman”)
* Embrace the challenge.
* Learn from your mistakes.
Each sportsperson is different with a different personality make-up and has to be handled differently.
Develop the person’s natural talents. Understand natural dynamics and create a self-fulfilling prophecy (positive). Identify possibilities rather than problems and help the athlete raise their game. Enhance, add value.
KPIs = key performance indicators (a term so loved by “business types and academics”- what a contrast!). Cricket is an easy sport to measure outcomes.
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You CAN change negative thinking habits… and can increase our level of thinking.
There are various elements, different levels of the operation of the human mind: We are dealing here with the unconscious mind (temperament and genetic make up + instinct)
and the subconscious level (deep, like the 90% of an iceberg below the service).
It’s accessible but HOW?
Aspects. You access this level of the mind automatically through visual thinking, creating pictures in the mind (ie visualisation) and inner dialogue (or self talk). Attempt to understand how you work, then you can change….and be more effective.
Recognise your own level of consciousness and your optimum level of performance.
Patterns are hard to get to.
We ALL have the power of choice to change our responses, our behaviours.
There are automatic triggers for behavioural responses and enhance performance (stimulants like the All Black haka)
This brings up a way of feeling, and thinking, leading to action.
Leading to positive behavioural responses. Shift patterns to what works best for me. We are making choices all the time.
There is a relationship between the conscious and the unconscious mind.
superstitions???
Make your patterns of thought self affirming, self believing
A few thoughts to conclude…
Be (and stay) in the moment.
The relationship between the conscious and the unconscious mind.
“Dread anxiety”. Dump negative “go to’s” (self criticism, – ve thoughts can quickly lead to panic). Don’t focus on the outcome; but on the moment. Aim for positive self affirming, self believing patterns of thinking. Focus on relaxing and breathing. Then the positive simply flows into action.
Gary Hermanson, sports psychologist
from http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday
And a few final comments from ‘yours truly’…
Our thoughts create our reality. So if you can change the way you think, you can change the way you feel and act.
Get in the “flow, the zone”… and that lies in the “top two inches”

Discover, then celebrate the champion of life that is in YOU!

“If you can dream it, then you can do it!”
And have great fun along the magical journey of life…perhaps even floating on your own cloud of endless possibilities

Shared by craig (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete…it’s not victory but combat…not to have vanquished but to have fought well…not winning but taking part.”
― Pierre de Coubertin (French Educator, primarily responsible for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1894. 1863-1937)

“Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with purpose, desire and passion.
True champions live the dream, the vision of who and what they can one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”
– craig

“Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the submitter:
Craig has been learning and studying the ‘workings’ of the human mind for most of his life. He believes in (and loves) sharing* information, insights and ‘principles’ to try to make some difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy. www.craiglockbooks.com
and www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

* in sharing he learns more too

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his book on sport psychology‘The Winning Mind’) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://goo.gl/vTpjk http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/craigs-books and http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com
Obsessive or WHAT!!

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

THIS PIECE MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt quotes (American 26th US President (1901-09), 18581919)

The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”
– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)
mountain peak

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    “Since I can never see your face,
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    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”
    – James Elroy Flecker

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    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    “Since I can never see your face,
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    …true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
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    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
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    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
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    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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