How to Train Your Brain Like an Olympic Champion
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games have come to an end. As we marvel at the top international athletes’ powerful and awe-inspiring physical skills and performances, let us not forget about their remarkable mental prowess, which is as important as their physical training.
Serving as the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team’s mental skills coach since 2011, Dr. Colleen Hacker said: “the physical differences between athletes or teams at the elite level are almost negligible...What separates out the good from the great and the great from the greatest is often that psychological component.” Even after countless hours of training and perfecting a routine, at the end of the (Olympic) game, it all comes down to who can remain calm and focused under tremendous physical and mental pressure to achieve peak performance.
From surgeons performing challenging state-of-the-art procedures, to medical residents juggling with constant pressure and ever-changing schedules, to Elon Musk’s numerous innovative ventures, the psychology of peak performance can help anyone become a champion in their life and career. To achieve peak performance, your emotional engagement in the work itself becomes central, instead of forcing yourself to work harder. In other words, you have to care about what you do and develop a strong emotional intelligence to be able to achieve a task to the best of your ability.
We have compiled a list of 5 effective tips followed by a few book recommendations to help you become an Olympic champion in achieving peak performance, and maintain a work-life balance with a healthy mind in a healthy body.
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