Mental Toughness: 5 Ways to Train Like an Olympic Athlete in 2010 - from Jim Murphy's New Book Inner Excellence

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Ready for the new year? Excited about the Olympics? Jim Murphy, author of the new book by McGraw-Hill, Inner Excellence: Achieve Extraordinary Business Success Through Mental Toughness, explains how to use the mental skills that Olympic athletes use to win.

In order to thrive under pressure in the New Year, here are Murphy’s top 5 mental toughness skills. They’ll help you visualize and achieve all your New Year’s goals, just like an Olympic athlete focused on gold…

1. See the dramatic finish. Start the New Year powerfully by taking time to reflect and write down what you’re grateful for from the past year. Now fast forward to December 31, 2010 and see yourself doing the same thing. Imagine it was the best year of your life. See the celebration and all that led up to it.

2. Connect to your true self. There is an incredible energy that awaits every situation if you take your focus off the pressure and the problems and focus on your passion and purpose.

3. Weed the negatives. Olympic athletes know that there is one opponent that you must always look out for. It’s not your boss, your job, or the economy. It’s your own self—and the negative thoughts, self-doubt, and self-rejection that hurts us the most. Olympians generate positive energy by replacing negative thoughts with their opposite.

4. Expand your beliefs. The key to mental toughness is to develop a subconscious belief that you deserve what you want. Write down the thoughts and feelings of what you’re struggling with. Now consider how the best in the world think about that area. Replace your old thoughts with these new ones; repeat them ever day—and weed out the old ones when they come.

5. Develop a mantra. Top Olympians connect with their ideal performance state each day in order to make it a part of them. You can too, by choosing a phrase that captures how you want to be and feel. Make it your mantra or incantation to “sing” throughout the day. “I am unstoppable!”

Go to to learn how you can think and train like an Olympian and make 2010 your best year ever.


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