3. Focus on your own plan
With the nerves, the anticipation, the opinions and the voices around a race, it can be easy to get distracted. Sitting in the call up room just before the race, boxed in with your competitors and sensing the anticipation of those outside and within the camp, all sorts of ideas can enter your mind.
What is happening on the outside is not important, the only important thing is how you execute your own plan. By focusing on you, you can assume complete control of everything that is within your sphere of influence. You can acknowledge elements outside of your control, but your focus must be on what you want to achieve in that moment. With complete dedication to your own plan, you can focus on what you want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it.
4. Look after yourself
It’s natural for an athlete to take care of their body. We go to extraordinary lengths to make sure we are in peak physical condition. However, it is imperative that we are in peak condition mentally and spiritually too.
In this respect there are real parallels between peak performers in sport, in business and in education. At BISS Puxi, the teachers and I collaborate with a great number of academically gifted students and I am often amazed at how, at such a young age, they have understood a great balance between health, study, fitness and many other aspects of their life. This holistic approach sets them up well for a great future.
5. Visualise greatness
All the great sports people use visualisation as a tool to perform well. Increasingly, business executives and education providers are using similar techniques to excel through challenges. In athletics, I would create a vivid picture using all the senses, the smell of the track, the sound of the crowd, the feeling of the race, the taste of the sweat mixed with my favourite energy drink, it all had to be vivid. It had to be real.
The mind cannot tell the difference between an imagined and a real experience which is why visualisation is so powerful. I would visualise different scenarios from lane one to lane eight, creating confidence and success in my mind.
Take a challenging situation you know you will face and with a positive mindset visualise what you can see, hear, feel and smell. The important thing to remember is to see yourself winning or doing it successfully. Why not give it a try right now and see how it works for you.
We hope you enjoyed this blog! Stay tuned next week for part four of the series: D is for Decision Making
Want to see Marlon in action with students at BISS Puxi? Check out his video here.