With Winning In Mind Notes & Summary

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Great storytelling combined with actionable advice for mental success in any field. You will come away with tips and tricks on how to win on arguably the most important battlefield: your mind.

[This book was recommended by Firas Zahabi (trainer to MMA legend Georges St-Pierre) on the Joe Rogan Experience. The reason why he read it was because Lanny Bassham not only was a World Champion but his son (Troy Bassham) was as well.]

  • “People say that it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. But when you lose, it matters, and it hurts”
  • Lanny was awful at all sports, but when his father took his shooting, he was average. He had never been average at anything in his life. So he became obsessed with shooting.
  • The primary thing that separates winners and losers is how they think.
  • It’s not that if you expect to win, you’ll win. It’s that if it’s not like you to win, you’ll have no chance of winning at all.
  • Winning is about becoming process-oriented. Not about a long term goal. For example, Ben Crane finished his round at Torrey Pines. His wife ran onto the golf course and he asked her: “Did I win?” Proof of process-oriented.
  • After interviewing hundreds of world champions, most say they were thinking of nothing or very little while winning their event.
  • Set a goal to have a winning performance, not necessarily to win the competition.
  • Enhance the Self-Image by imagining you are having a winning performance every time you train.
  • Mental Management is the process of improving the probability of having a consistent mental performance, under pressure, on demand.
  • “If you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford
  • The Principle of Balance: When the Conscious, Subconscious, and Self-Image are all balanced and working together, good performance is easy.
  • When you focus on other people, our score, or what happens if we perform poorly, we cannot focus on execution.
  • Success is not an accident.
  • Your Conscious Mind can only focus on one thing at a time. If you are focusing on something positive, it is impossible, at the same time, to focus on something negative
  • What you say is important. What you cause yourself or others to picture is crucial.
    • Imagine a coach saying “Don’t Panic” vs. “You Got This”
    • Steve Weatherford speaks “Champion” over his son’s name every morning.
  • The direction of your life will either be controlled by you or someone else.
  • Nothing is going to change unless you change yourself.
  • The more we think about, talk about, and write about something happening, the greater the chance we that something actually happening
    • Don’t reinforce bad shots by playing them over in your head. Think about your good ones.
  • Write down what you want. This will not guarantee you the outcome but it will aid your Self-Image
  • Praise good performances, and the good performances will repeat. If praising others becomes your habit, you will soon be surrounded by competent people who love to work with you.
  • I choose to think about, talk about, and write about what I wish to have happen in my life.
  • You cannot control competitors. But you can predict the process. Here are some elements you control:
    • How many days a week you train
    • The discipline of your efforts
    • What you think about and what you do
    • Only set goals on things you can control
  • Last thing Lanny’s grandfather ever said to him:
    • “Lanny, as I face the end I regret that I’ve never done anything in my life that a typical person couldn’t have done. I always made the safe choice, never taking a risk. I’ve never been out of the state of Texas. I’ve never competed in anything, joined anything or built anything. I’ve done a good job of dodging the perils of life but in the process I missed a part of living. Don’t let caution keep you from experiencing life. Go out and find a dream worth trading your life for because in the end, that is what you are doing. Set big goals. You do not want to end up regretting your life.”
  • Write your goals out in a journal every night. One of two things will happen: you either won’t believe it and you’ll stop writing or you’ll keep writing and you’ll succeed.
  • The Self-Image cannot tell the difference between what actually happens and what is vividly imagined.
  • Many people do their best when they are demonstrating how to execute a task to their students. This works because you’re not working hard.
  • Stop caring about score, your competition and winning. Care more about the execution of your process.
  • “The optimum mental level and let’s just have fun today are really close together.”
  • Study one or two ways of doing something right instead of 100 ways it could fail.
  • When you are playing well, play a lot. Keep going if it feels good.
  • You can’t manage what you don’t measure
  • You choose your Self-Image. Your Self-Image chooses your life.
  • Rehearse pre and post doing a behavior. Rehearse completing the task perfectly. This guarantees two of the three imprints on your mind are positive.
  • If you are in business, you must praise your profession, your industry, your company, your product, as well as those you work for and with. Gold medals are never won alone.
  • You cannot expect people to think well of you if you are not willing to think well of yourself. If someone gives you a compliment, outloud say “Thank you.” To yourself say – “That’s like me.” No reason to downplay a compliment.
  • If you’re not having problems, your goals are too low. (Similar to Nick Bare – “if something isn’t wrong, I start to get antsy.”)
  • “Success does not consist in never making a mistake but in never making the same one a second time.” –George Bernard Shaw
  • 90% of everything we worry about never happens and even when it does many times it is for our benefit

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