He was only a kid when he had his first interview.
“The headline said, ‘Hull, Richard, Howe and Gretzky,'” Wayne remembers. “That was lots of pressure.”
Has any 9-year-old ever been saddled with such huge expectations?
Not even superstars Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan were handed such intense pressure at a young age.
Few athletes endure their entire lives under scrutiny.
Most are teenagers before their privacy is invaded.
So how did Wayne become the greatest of all time despite the pressure?
He used secrets of the Great Jock Mind.
Gretzky anticipated better than anyone who had ever played the game of hockey.
He visualized what should happen – such as where other players would skate on the ice or where the puck would go – in a fraction of a second.
“(Sportswriters) call it peripheral vision,” Gretzky revealed in an interview. “I call it fear. Growing up, I was always the small guy. When I was five and playing against eleven-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.
When I was 14, I played against 20-year-olds, and when I was 17, I played with men. Basically, I had to play the same style all the way through. I couldn’t beat people with my strength; I don’t have a hard shot; I’m not the quickest skater in the league.”
Notice that Wayne didn’t have the Great Jock Mind by accident.
He cultivated it.
Wayne says, “My eyes and my mind have to do most of the work. I get a feeling about where a teammate is going to be,” he said.
Wayne’s edge wasn’t physical.
It was mental.
And it translated into superstar skills and instincts.
You too can develop a Great Jock Mind.
It’s the way you ‘get a feeling’ about what’s going to happen in in your sport.
It’s the opposite of over-analysing and over-thinking.
You simply Wayne Gretzky it up by activating the organic sixth sense that will give you an unbeatable edge.
You will know, in a fraction of a second, what’s about to happen in your sport and make adjustments – and bring about scary performances.
The best part?
All it takes is a little visualization.
That’s why in Secrets of the Great Jock Mind, I reveal exactly how to use visualization to bring about performances most athletes only dream about.
There are five audios recorded personally by me.
All you do is hit play – and start winning.
And if you haven’t already done so, I suggest
you go download The Courage to Win in Sport. In it you learn the secret mental toughness mindset hoarded by superstar athletes, including mental toughness strategies for dealing with distractions. Go get it here:
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Lisa Brown is the founder of the Courage to Win and is considered the world's leading expert on deep mental toughness for success in career, love, and sport. She has personally coached over 7,200 achievers to new heights and conducted over 1,300 live seminars on mental toughness across North America. She has been featured by major media including the New York Times and Entrepreneur Magazine, who called the Courage to Win “a straight-forward guide to success, highly recommended.”