Friday, November 9, 2012
The missing link between the circumstances of an athlete’s life and his successful performances on the field can be found in the athlete’s thoughts. Those athletes who grasp that 100 percent of their sensory experiences are created via their own thinking will consistently thrive. Those athletes who attribute their sensory experiences to the world around them—their coach, teammates, opposing team, fans, contract, or home life—won’t.
Now I realize this might seem like a broad and even peculiar statement. But, just for the moment, be open to what I’m about to say: All human beings form their perceptions from the inside out. Our thoughts generate our feelings; our feelings generate our moods. If people don’t realize that this dynamic is always at work, they will have little choice but to attribute their emotions to their current circumstances. As an illustration, if a pro hockey player dislikes his coach, it will often appear that he has only two alternatives: request a trade or suffer. And why not? To him, it must be the coach who is thwarting his ability to perform. But the moment the player recognizes that his discontent is...