• Champions think like champions before they are champions.

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  • You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

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  • Don't carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them.

    - Ryan Ferreras

  • The best motivation always comes from within.

    - Michael Johnson

  • It's not so much what you tell others about yourself but what you tell yourself about yourself!

    - Seth M. Quealy

  • A champion is simply someone who did not give up when he wanted to.

    - Tom Landry

  • Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You've got to believe.

    - Jack Nicklaus

  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.

    - William James

  • Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

    - Thomas Jefferson

  • Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They must have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

    - Muhammad Ali

Life is the greatest sport

What you Think Makes All the Difference between Winning and Losing

All sports have three aspects in common :

Physical

which focuses on strength, stamina, response time, flexibility

Technical

which focuses on the specific technical training related to the sport

Psychological

which included focus, confidence, pressure handling ability, being competitive as well as relaxed to give your best.

Most sportspeople take rigorous training in the first 2 components but ignore the third vital aspect.

At a beginner’s level it is important to hone the first 2 components but when you reach a professional level, all competitors are similar in physical and technical ability, and the game changer, the difference between winning and losing, is the psychological edge, the mental state that you bring to your game.

What are your thoughts before you play your game? How do you handle setbacks during the match? How do you motivate yourself? How do you talk to yourself during the game? How do you bounce back after losing a point? How do you harness your mental energy during play? How do you maintain focus and set your goals?

It is said that 95% of all the winning is done by only 5% of the participants. So, what makes the 5% different? It is primarily the way they think or feel. The sports person’s mindset controls the performance. Performance is 90% mental.

Cultivating the mind is thus the most crucial property of winning. The mind is the game changer.

It takes time, but the good news is that the mind can be trained to think differently. We are not stuck with the mental attitudes that we have built over the years. We can develop behaviour skills to inculcate habits and attitudes that boost performance levels. Regular,consistent and systematic mental training is the fundamental differentiator between winners and runners up.