A focus on winning will limit your potential as an individual and as a team and yet you can observe that so many teams, coaches and athletes fall prey to the biggest misconception in sports.
What sports psychologists and experts on optimal performance already know does not seem to have trickled down to the ones who would benefit the most from this knowledge.
In order to consistently perform at the highest level as an athlete or team, you need to be absorbed in your own performance and focus on the process itself, with no energy spent on worrying about your competitors or your results.
Dynasties in Sports
The best proof of this are the dynasties in different team and individual sports, e.g. the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan & Phil Jackson, the UCLA men’s basketball team under John Wooden, the UConn women’s basketball team under Geno Auriemma, the New England Patriots with Tom Brady & Bill Belichick, any football team managed by Pep Guardiola (FC Barcelona, FC Bayern Munich, Manchester City), Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf, Lionel Messi, Muhammad Ali and Michael Schuhmacher, just to name a few. The level of greatness they achieved was not a result of their focus on winning.
Go on, start a little investigation yourself and take a closer look into the lives of any of these GOATs. Read their autobiographies and books, watch their interviews and the documentaries that were made about them and pay close attention to what they say and believe, and observe how they acted on their beliefs.
Two Beliefs on the Path to Greatness - Winning Is Not One of Them
You will find that these athletes and coaches universally held two beliefs:
Correct me if I am wrong, but none of these all-time greats ever mentioned winning as their main focus or claimed that this was the reason why they were so successful.
Coach John Wooden is a shining example of the mindset mentioned above. His coaching philosophy was extraordinary. If you are an athlete and if you have not done so already, I urge you to watch his TED talk about the difference between winning and succeeding or read one of his books.
Can You Achieve a Similar Level of Greatness?
Theoretically yes, but it is not that simple. Just holding these beliefs will not be enough, they must be a part of who you are as a person and become your philosophy on life as a whole. You need to practice them every single day and in anything you do. They cannot just function as a tool in your hopes to become the best in your sport. You need to invest time and effort and fully commit and dedicate yourself to these beliefs. If you do so, you will achieve greatness.
Your Own Path to Greatness
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During my career as an educator at secondary schools and universities in Germany, Brazil, the UK and the USA I have mentored some of the top youth athletes and musicians and many of my students have become successful in their professional lives as lawyers, teachers, artists, psychologists or businesswomen and businessmen.
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