Olympics and mindset

The Olympics are here. Yeah, I know I am a bit late in writing about it. Clearly, I am also busy with my own NLP training, which is currently running.

The Olympics are a great showcase of how to use your mind to win. I mentioned it a longer while ago with my entry about Laura Wilkinson, who also competes in Beijing.

Now we have more to talk about.

Just look at the fantastic finish of Michael Phelps – he had his mindset set on 8 gold metals to beat the record of Mark Spitz from 1972. I remember THAT Olympics. Even so I was pretty young at that time, it was the time my parents bought our first television set. Black and White, since colour was not available. We youngsters cheered for Mark and imitated him in the swimming pool. May be he was the reason why I like swimming so much – come to think of it, that could be true!!

Now Michael Phelps has beaten the record by gaining 8 gold metals. How fascinating to see him beating Milorad Cavic by a fraction of a second – 0.01 seconds, to be precise. He was behind until the end of the race and only one last leap made the difference. The difference, that makes the difference – isn’t this, what NLP is also all about?

Some of his quotes:

“I’ve dreamed of a lot of things, and written down a lot of goals. And this one (eight golds) was the biggest one I had ever written down.”

“Being able to have something like that to shoot for made those days when you were tired and didn’t want to be there, when you just wanted to go home and sleep, not work out.” – Motivation traits, the most unconscious drivers of our personality!

“There are times in my sleep when I literally dream my race from start to finish” – Phelps in his 2004 autobiography ‘Beneath the Surface’

“Other nights … I visualise to the point that I know exactly what I want to do: dive, glide, stroke, flip, reach the wall, hit the split time to the hundredth, then swim back again for as many times as I need to finish the race.”

Every successful person also has a coach (don’t I have to say that?): “I don’t think I would be where I am today with any other coach. He’s always on top of things. We’ve been through a lot.”

Mark Spitz is being quoted as saying: “He’s perhaps the greatest swimmer that we’ve seen in the last 20 years. This time I think he’s going to break my record…but my wife would like to think he’s not going to. That’s why I’m married for 35 years” – American Mark Spitz who held the previous record of seven golds in a single Olympics.

When he was young: “I noticed the first time I saw him swim, I think he was 10, it was just apparent he was just going to do whatever it took. When he swam you could see that kind of intensity” – Phelps’s long-time coach Bob Bowman.

Then we have the Jamaican Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet. Coming from the 200 meter races, nobody really believed he could make it in the 100 meter race, but have you seen the race? This guy is fast. It shows that if one wants to win, you can transform your body and mind to really manage it!

That is how winners are made.



Andreas is the founder of Asia Mind Dynamics and a certified trainer of internationally recognised certification programmes:

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with the American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP),
  • NLP Coach Training with the Coaching Division of ABNLP,
  • The Words That Change Minds -Language and Behaviour Profile of which he also is one of 17 Global Master Trainers
  • Creating Your Future Coaching™ Techniques at the Masters Level with the International Timeline Therapy Association
  • Hypnosis with the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH)
  • Master Trainer with the International Association of Counsellors and Therapists (IACT).

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