The Champions Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive
Author: Jim Afremow
Review by Leo
While ‘The Mindful Athlete' focused more on combining meditation with sports psychology, ‘The Champions Mind' combines sports psychology, motivational stories from world-class athletes, and routines for becoming top-level in your game.
Top level athletes typically require a mentor who has excelled in their game previously. A mentor will cut your learning time, and inspire you to push a few steps further than before. Learning motivational quotes is a sure-fire way of inspiring yourself, and those around you. Placing motivational posters or cues around yourself will subconsciously inspire you, every single day. Even setting your desktop background, or phone background to a success quote will get you to the next level.
If you can see greatness in someone else, it's normally a reflection of the greatness within yourself as well.
By increasing your self-awareness and mental discipline, you can train yourself to enter the present. The present is the present, and does not look into the past or the future. By staying in the present, you maintain ‘mental toughness' by remaining positive and proactive, even in the worst circumstances.
This can be accomplished through practiced breathing and meditation. Centering on your breathing, and disabling all distractions whenever possible.
Engaging in the proper body language – which includes expansive, open postures – can elevate testosterone, cortisol, feelings of power, and tolerance for risk as well. Even telling yourself power phrases like “I think, feel, and perform as a champion” or “I bring it every day”, can give you a strong motivational push!
A day should never go by without accomplishing something in your life, whether it's health, wealth, relationships, or happiness.
“It is better to conquer yourself, than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” – Buddha
I enjoyed this book. It's a really deep primer into both sports psychology and self-development that everyone should read. Regardless if you are in sports, business, or just engaged in every day life.
Story of the Day
A young by earnest Zen student approached his teacher and asked the Zen master, “If I work hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find the Zen?” The master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years.” The student then said, “But what if I work very very hard and really apply myself to learn fast – how long then?” The master replied, “Well, twenty years.” “But if I really, really work at it. How long then?” asked the student. “Thirty years,” replied the master. “But I do not understand,” said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?” The master answered, “When you have one eye on the goal, you have only one eye on the path.”