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December 3, 2009

Michael Phelps Secrets

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What did Michael Phelps do before he won each of his 8 gold medals in the 2008 Olympics?

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He visualized the outcome.

It sounds like pop-psychology nonsense, but “Mental Rehearsal” is actually common practice among elite athletes these days.

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Now, that doesn’t mean that “everything you imagine in your mind comes true” as some will have you believe. (There actually isn’t any credible science to support that.)

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But it does mean that seeing something in your mind before you *do* it (that’s the key) dramatically impacts the outcome.

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I used to be terrified of public speaking. So I decided to visualize myself walking up on the stage calmly and speaking with confidence.

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This sort of “imprinted” the correct neurologically into my mind and it was like “flipping a switch.”

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Now I can speak in front of thousands with the same grace and ease as I would have when speaking to a close friend.

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That’s the power of visualization

After all …

How can you hit a target when you can’t see it?

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Imagine playing darts blindfolded. You’d be lucky if your dart even came close to the board.

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This provides a perfect metaphor for the things we want in life.

When we only have a vague notion of “stuff we want” and we don’t actually zoom in precisely on specifics, it’s like we’re going through life blindfolded …

Will we hit our targets?

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“You’d be lucky if your dart even came close to the board!”

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Time doesn’t stop for us even if we haven’t made up our minds.

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How many precious minutes of our lives will we waste in silent suffering because we can’t make up our minds?

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Can you imagine looking back on your life and saying, “I never made up my mind, so I watched a lot of TV?”

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You can either:

Make all the normal excuses …

“Is it really worth the effort?”

“Is it really what I want?”

“Is it even possible?”

“What if I fail?”

Or you can:

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Make a clear decision, set your mind to it, write up a clear plan, and put it into action.

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And get Result?

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