What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Sport Stars
As a business person, what will you, be doing two decades from now?
Will you be a star entrepreneur in your industry? Will your business have become a top contender?
Strange as it may seem, if you start thinking like a sports star, you may become one of the elite.
What do sports stars do? They don’t achieve success out of nothing. They believe in themselves and they use this belief to become better, faster and stronger.
How can a business leader do the same?
First, entrepreneurs will use mental techniques in the same way that sports stars achieve excellence through hard physical training. They will visualise themselves performing at the peak of perfection.
Many studies have shown that this type of mental rehearsal, used consistently, improves performance outcomes.
So why shouldn’t these techniques work in business?
Imagine mental techniques being effectively applied to salesmanship, customer service and time management. Used every day, these techniques will give you and your company the edge and momentum to become business leaders.
In my experience success starts in the minds eye. You need to see yourself winning before it becomes reality and science has proven this approach works well time and time again and champion sports stars are a testament to it.
The brain is your own personal computer and it can be programmed any way you want it to be. So why not program it for success?
Books such as ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’ and ‘Rewire Your Brain’ detail how imaging exercises can alter the brain structure, resulting in top performances.
Second, entrepreneurs, just like sports stars, will become accustomed to using focussing statements. One star who uses focussing statements is soccer star David Beckham. He says “play with a solid intention to win.”
Imagine what other stars might say. A swimmer might focus on the image of powering cleanly through the water and so choose the words to encapsulate that winning image. A boxer might focus on accuracy and speed. Every individual will select words that are positive and affirming. As long as their personal statement is based on positivity and the ability to remain undistracted, the result will be an improved performance. Without doubt, such determination will be just as effective for the entrepreneur.
Third, entrepreneurs will become just as adept at relaxing as sports stars. No matter what the sport, the top performers know how valuable their down time is. Because they regard it as quality time, it becomes part of their training pattern, incorporating plenty of sleep, bursts of energy, and time for recuperation.
Some may find it hard to believe that business could follow a similar pattern. But for over a decade, the Human Performance Institute in Florida, USA has shown that the same approach is just effective for business executives. Make it your personal mantra – work, break, sleep.
You won’t become an Olympic star by using mental techniques and focussing statements. But use them along with some quality relaxing time and eventually, you will find your own kind of gold.
Jon Michail is Group CEO of Image Group International, an award winning author and recognised as Australasia’s No 1 image coach. Image Group International supports executives, entrepreneurs and their organisations to become iconic and monetised leadership brands.
He is a regular commentator in international media organsations ABC, CNN, NBC, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Success, The Financial Review and Vogue.