The mind is a powerful toolNovember 18, 2017

Do you ever wonder what separates those that succeed and those who don’t?

What differentiates top pro athletes from amateurs? Is it hard work? Sure is. Is it luck? Maybe. Is it having a better coach? Sure, that can have a positive impact. Those who succeed and those that are top performing, elite athletes have a couple things in common. Mindset and mental strength. Having a trained mind is the biggest factor because without it, physical goals and achievements will not be met.

“It is a matter of continuing to climb no matter how uninspired you feel. When there is nothing left to push you physically, you rely on your psychological strength and abilities.” –Elite Mount Everest Climber

Scientists discovered in the early 1990s that when we observe people doing things, the brain responds as if we too were doing the same thing. We use the same brain centers to imagine things as we do to experience them. So what you think, observe and imagine becomes true or reality. Think about how you feel or how your body responds when you watch your kid’s team play an exciting game. Maybe your heart is beating faster, you feel excited and actually feel your body maybe moving along with the movements. You feel yourself shooting the puck or scoring the goal. Those feelings are real. You may not be actually scoring the goal but you feel as though you are. The mind is a powerful tool. If you start to visualize success, see things through a positive, success filter it is only a matter of time but eventually you will succeed. Learning to take negative thoughts and turn those into positive thoughts makes a huge difference in whether you will succeed or not.

If you experience a setback it should be seen as an opportunity to learn and grow, not seen as a failure. Failures, those are life lessons and should be used to reflect back on what you can do better next time. If you learn to focus on being better, you will be. If you focus on being creative, you will be. If you want to win a race, lift more weight, track your food better, focus on the image of you completing the task. Visualize the steps you need to take to get there and see yourself winning, lifting more, and tracking your food. If you choose to be negative, focus on short comings, failures, make excuses, your body and BEHAVIOR will respond and it won’t be in a positive way. You will feel guilt, you will feel trapped, demoralized, almost paralyzed in life. You will feel lost, lonely and hopeless. You will only see failure. If you want to feel success and you want to reach your goals you have to change your mindset.

Only you can shape the path. Control your mental environment.

Ask yourself: What thoughts and images do I have of myself and my destination? Are these thoughts helping me? Hindering me? Are these thoughts positive images of success? Where is my focus? On the negative failures or the positive images of success?

Train your mind just like you train your body. You owe it to yourself to be successful and be a pro at life!

“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be” –Simon Johnson