Here are three quotes from sport champions which illustrate that having the right mindset in sport is essential to performing the best you possibly can.
• ‘For success, first performers must have talent, then they must work and third they must have control of their mind’.
Valeriy Borzov, Olympic 100m & 200m champion, 1972.
• ‘I think there are so many would-be clones, so many people who have tried to imitate her game. But they’ve imitated the most obvious thing about her, and that’s her (baseline) game. And I don’t think that’s her strongest point, I think her mind is her strongest point.’
Virginia Wade, Wimbledon Singles Champion 1977, speaking about Chris Evert, winner of at least one ‘Grand Slam’ tennis tournament for 13 consecutive years.
• ‘The mental side of it played the biggest part; that was the difference between silver and gold.’’…for any athlete who stands on the starting line, as much as 70% of the race outcome is shaped by the mental aspects.’
Sally Gunnell OBE, Olympic 400m hurdles Champion 1992.