Sports psychology studies what successful people
do. One of the most profound things, validated through
study after study of many great athletes, is that if you
take a group of athletes with equal ability and some
receive mental training while others do not, the ones
who were given mental training will always outperform
those without. Why? Simple: because those who use
mental training skills develop a Mental Edge.
Once, when I was young, my grandfather took me to
see the legendary soccer player from Brazil-Pele-at
Tampa Stadium 먹튀검증.
I’ll never forget that warm summer night, as he
dominated the game with three electrifying goals. That
was a long time ago, but I’ll always remember the way he
dodged down the field, feinted and swerved on a dime to
get past defenders, the ball seemingly glued to his feet-
until he let it fly inside the goal posts.
Years later, I came across a story about Pele in the
writings of the late Gary Mack, a noted sports mental
trainer with whom Pele had shared what he considered
to be the two keys to winning-Enthusiasm and a Mental
Pele told Gary about the routine he used before
every game he played. He would go into the locker room
about an hour early and find a private corner in the
locker room. Then he would lie down using a towel as a
pillow and cover his eyes.
Pele explained how he began to watch a film in his
mind’s eye: a film of himself as a kid playing soccer on
the beach in Brazil. He let this “movie” bring back
glorious memories of the sand, the warm sun on his
back, the ocean breeze feathering his temples. He would
vividly recall the thrill of the game, the joy that it
brought to him; he would immerse himself in his love of
the game, allowing himself to relive those glowing
memories. Allowing himself to feel them.
In short, before every single game he played, Pele
made sure to put himself in touch with his pure love of
Then Pele moved forward in his mental movie. Pele
described how he began to review and watch himself
relive some of his greatest moments in world
competitions. He talked about letting himself feel and
enjoy the intensity of those winning feelings over and
over again. He talked about how crucial it was for him
to make a strong connection with those feelings and
images in his past before he proceeded to imagine
himself performing at his absolute peak in the upcoming
Finally, Pele told Gary that he would see himself as
he was about to become: playing brilliantly, scoring
goals, dribbling past defenders in a mental movie made
up of positive images with strong feelings of enjoyment
and triumph. He imagined everything before it ever
happened: the crowd, the atmosphere, the field, his own
team, his opponents, he saw himself playing irresistibly
like a champion-as a force that could not be stopped.
But most important, he told Gary, was to remember that
it was not just about vision and imagery, but also about
feeling the emotions associated with success. He
pointed out that he vividly imagined how good it all felt.
Only after about a half-hour of relaxation and mental rehearsal,
would Pele begin to stretch and prepare his muscles for the job
they had to do. By then, he could relax because he had already
primed his mind for victory. By the time he’d jogged into the stadium,
he was (almost literally) unstoppable. Physically and mentally he was
armed and fortified to win. No one could touch him.
In that short time with Gary, Pele shared with us
exactly how to tap into what he considered the two
essential keys to winning: Enthusiasm and a Mental
I share this lesson with all my clients and suggest
that they too create an internal place, a place where their
minds can go before any event in order to rehearse,
visualize, feel, and prepare exactly as Pele used to. This
is where you go to play and watch your mental highlight
tapes; this is where you once again connect with the fun
and love of your sport, to feel that winning feeling. Most
of all, this is where you go to mentally prepare yourself
and to gain the mental edge before battle.
For the athlete who’s just starting out and who may
not have past successes to replay, I suggest that they
pretend that they do and that they watch themselves as if
they did. After all, it’s your movie! You’re the director
and producer, the editor and writer, and the more
imagination you can squeeze into your movie the better.
Mix in some enthusiasm with your imagery and now
both of Pele’s keys to winning are in the formula. It’s
also important to practice seeing yourself overcoming
adversity and staying in control whatever might arise.
This doesn’t make for arrogance-though it might sound
like it. It creates confidence. Confidence is different
from arrogance, and confidence is one of the keys to
Use the same routine that Pele did to get things
going for yourself. Practice mixing relaxation, imagery,
feelings, and enthusiasm, prior to competition in a pre-
game routine, in order to gain a mental edge and a sure
sense of confidence going into the event. In this lesson,
you have one of the most successful athletes in the world
telling you how he went about preparing for
Pearls of wisdom.
Remember: One must consistently practice
mental skills and pre-game routines in order to
tap one’s full potential.