What do you think the best athletes in the world think about before or during their performance?
If you are a sprinter you do not think about tripping and falling over, you think about winning. That gives you the confidence to go out and make your thoughts a reality.
Do you think Lance Armstrong thought about crashing his bike during the Tour de France or of cruising ahead of the pack of bikes?
Do you think Tiger Woods thinks about hitting his golf ball in the rough or on to the green?
When Pele went up to take a penalty kick did he think that he would mis-kick the ball or hit it as hard as he could into the corner of the goal.
When Michael Jordan took the game winning shots did he picture shooting an air ball or getting nothing but net?
Did Muhammed Ali think about being punched in the face or did he think he was the greatest?
If you are an entrepreneur launching a product should you picture your product being loved or having to give customer refunds? If you are going for a job interview, do you picture the interviewer being impressed with you or being bored with you? About to ask someone out on a date, do you think they will be be happy you asked or slap you?
At your engagement party are you thinking about divorce or living happily ever after? Is your blog post going to make peoples day or are they going to ‘unsubscribe’ to your email list?
Tiger Woods has hit balls out in the rough. Michael Jordan has shot air balls. Pele missed goals that should have been easy to score. Muhammed Ali has taken punches to his face.
The greatest also trip. But that is not where they focus their thoughts most of the time.
You might not be a world class athlete – but you can be world class at what you do.
Why think about tripping when you could focus on winning?
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