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

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!)

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(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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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).
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.comand

* 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: and

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

“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.”


“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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