Here’s an amazing lesson from one of the greatest athletes of our time:
This summer everyone will be watching Michael Phelps to see if he can make a comeback at the London Olympic Games.
Amy Shipley at the Washington Post interviewed the 14-time gold-medalist and his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, about the mental strategies Phelps uses to dominate the competition.
“He’s the best I’ve ever seen — and he may be the best ever — in terms visualization,” said Bowman. “He’ll see [what hes up against] sitting in the stands, and then he’ll see it in the water. And then he will go through scenarios – what if things, don’t go well?” Like if his suit rips or his goggles break. “And then he has this database, so that when he swims the race he’s already programmed his nervous system to do one of those. And he’ll just pick the one that happens to come up. If everything is perfect, he’ll go with the perfect one; if he’s got to make a change, he’s already got it in there.”