I love the Tour de France, and today was the last day in the 21 day bike race. It’s a grueling race (it really seems like the Iron Man of professional cycling) and there was a lot of nostalgia and reminiscing about the Tour in the TV coverage. One thing that was mentioned over and over was that more than physical toughness (although you better have that to even try the race) what you needed to even finish was mental toughness.
Each time there was a crash, it was because someone let their mind drift, got careless, and numerous people would go down at 30, 35 mph, losing skin, breaking bones, and so on. It’s really quite astonishing and frightening when you think of it.
Then there were the people who got so sick they had to drop out. Why did some get sick and others didn’t? I don’t know. Could it have been what they were telling themselves? Were they just not ready to receive a prize, or even a finish in the most prestigious race ever?
I honestly don’t have the answers to any of this. I don’t know any of these men. I’m not even an athlete. But I know for myself, when I’m not focused on what I want, I’m focused on what I don’t want. It’s very easy for me to drift back into my old mental habits if I’m not watching myself. I have to constantly bring myself back to what I want, substitute what I do want for the old “what I don’t want” thinking.
It’s not very easy, but it gets easier the more you do it. I use the 7 day mental diet all the time, along with the rest of the tools that come with the Master Key Experience, so that I can have some chance at getting what I want instead of the other stuff. 😉
What do you think? Does the mental game matter at all?