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Old 03-02-2009, 09:50 PM   #1
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Only a small percentage around 3% of sports athletes have the time, talent, coaching and resources to compete in the Olympic Games. In fact we are not just taking about the Olympic athletes we are taking about any champion athlete it could be a mixed martial arts ultimate fighting champion in the octagon. Here are some of the most important mental skills a successful athlete has.
It is the behaviour, thinking and habits of this small and successful group that provides the example we'd want to model for success in our martial arts training. Here are some great examples:-
1. Choose and maintain a positive attitude, realising attitude is a choice, pursue excellence, not perfection, and realize that they, as well as their coaches, teammates, officials, and others are not perfect.
2. Maintain a high level of self-motivation. Are able to persist through difficult tasks and difficult times, even when these rewards and benefits are not immediately forthcoming.
3. Set high, realistic goals and are highly committed to their goals and to carrying out the daily demands of their training programs.
4. Deal effectively with people and have learned effective skills for dealing with conflict, difficult opponents, and other people when they are negative or oppositional.
5. Maintain their self-confidence during difficult times with realistic, positive self-talk.
6. Use positive mental imagery that is detailed, specific, and realistic.
7. Manage anxiety effectively and know how to reduce anxiety when it becomes too strong, without losing their intensity
8. Manage their emotions effectively and are able to use these emotions to improve, rather than interfere with high level performance
9. Maintain concentration and have learned how to maintain focus and resist distractions, whether they come from the environment or from within themselves.
The other 97% are in the majority, so the lesson is; pay less attention to the majority and look for the attitudes and behaviours of the top three percent in our martial arts training.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:29 AM   #2
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nice little post. affirmations are also a big part but guessing that could go under part 5
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Good read mate.

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The other 97% are in the majority, so the lesson is; pay less attention to the majority and look for the attitudes and behaviours of the top three percent in our martial arts training.
I particularly like this one.
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A nice motivational video by Adidas with Muhammad Ali, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Haile Gebrselassie, Ian Thorpe, Tracy Mcgrady, Maurice Greene and Laila Ali.

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Old 03-03-2009, 05:26 PM   #5
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Man I just love Adidas, coolest brand ever. I've said this so many times I think I deserve a sponsorship now. Adidas people if you're reading this I need new gloves and new boxing shoes.
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You cannot escape the results of your thoughts.... Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration. -James Lane Allen
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It's a lonely world because, you feel like you're by yourself, all the time. The truth is, when you get knocked down you can't lay down, you gotta get up, you gotta go back at it if you ever expect to do it again." - Roy Jones Jr.
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I'm not actually sure if that has any relevance whatsoever, but El Puma posted a quote, so I did too
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Here's a little list of quotes I selected and that are hanging on a piece of paper in my home gym

“I’m always going to come in (to the fight) overconfident and I have a reason to. I always come in overconfident because I train so hard that I leave no room for doubt in my mind. I never go in there to lose. The word is not even in my dictionary. I train confident, and I train to think overconfidently. If I didn’t, I’d be a fool.”
-Bernard ‘The Executioner ‘Hopkins

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
-Vince Lombardi

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?"
-Lance Armstrong

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
-Muhammad Ali

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
- Percy Cerutty

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
- Beverly Sills

"If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win."
- Carl Lewis

"It is only through work and strife that either nation or individual moves on to greatness. The great man is always the man of mighty effort, and usually the man whom grinding need has trained to mighty effort."
- Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech about Grant, delivered at Galena, Illinois, April 27, 1900
"Spirit ... has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle."
- Unknown

"Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."
- Liane Cardes

"The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit."
- Ken Doherty

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese proverb

Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go.
- T.S. Eliot

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.
- Tommy Lasorda

"I'm scared every time I go into the ring, but it's how you handle it. What you have to do is plant your feet, bite down on your mouthpiece and say, 'Let's go.'"
–Mike Tyson

“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse” -
-Carlos Castaneda

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even. - ------Muhammad Ali

Cus D’Amato Poem

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest! if you must; but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow;
You might succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit;
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
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I'm not actually sure if that has any relevance whatsoever, but El Puma posted a quote, so I did too
Solid! Lets keep it going as the quotes you and Fromwithin were quality additions and quite relevant to the Olympic mindset. Who knows, if no one who posts in this thread admits to being Irish, maybe a certain Dutchman will sticky it

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

-William Earnest Henry

“Stand up and fight! Not one step back, that is the idea. Fight it out, whatever comes. Let the stars move from the spheres! Let the whole world stand against us! Death means only a change of garment. What of it? Thus fight! You gain nothing by becoming cowards. Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune. You have cried to all the gods in the world. Has misery ceased? … The gods come to help you when you have succeeded. So what is the use? Die game. … You are infinite, deathless, birthless. Because you are infinite spirit, it does not befit you to be a slave. Arise! Awake! Stand up and fight!

- Swami Vivekananda

Man in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what the man has to say

For it isn’t your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass?
The fellow whose verdict counts most in you life
Is the one staring back from the glass

You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you’re a wonderful guy
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye

He’s the fellow to please—never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end
And you’ve passed the most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass

“If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.” - T. S. Eliots
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The dont quit poem that "from within" posted is a top poem.

Rocky Balboa - "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that"

Unknown - Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you.
Most of all other people can't stop you.
Only you can stop you.

-- Les Brown-- Life takes on meaning when you become motivated,
set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.

-- Les Brown -- You don't have to be difficulty. great to get started,
but you have to get started to be great.


-- Winston Churchill -- Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.

-- Winston Churchill -- The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

--Winston Churchill --For myself, I am an optimist--it does not seem to be much use being anything else

.-- Doug Firebaugh -- Something must die in order to grow
- your old habits, your old self image,
your old thinking, your old life -
must be weeded out for the seeds of success to grow

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner---- English proverb

Dan Quayle--The question in life is not whether you get knocked down. You will. The question is, are you ready to get back up... And fight for what you believe in?

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW---The heights by great men reached and kept / Were not attained by sudden flight, / But they, while their companions slept, / Were toiling upward in the night.



Just a few
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"Those who think they have to choose between being strong and intelligent, are probably neither" - RDJ

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Find yourself in a maniac's mind: carnivorous, lusting and fulfilled by the the atrocities you commit. Be assured in your dominance. Lick your canines and incisors, and smile. Now lift.
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Find yourself in a maniac's mind: carnivorous, lusting and fulfilled by the the atrocities you commit. Be assured in your dominance. Lick your canines and incisors, and smile. Now lift.
I'm very disappointed in the end, I expected something tough
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I'm very disappointed in the end, I expected something tough
Lifting is for us tough folk
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