This is a true story.
3 weeks before my first World Championship, my coach gave me a tape and said, “Just listen to it.”
It was a simple visualization exercise…the kind most athletes have done in sports psychology.
Every night for three weeks I visualized my sports performance playing at the Worlds before falling asleep.
I don’t know why, but I kept getting an image of a tie game.
And then I would score to win it for Canada.
Pretty nice daydream, hey?
I didn’t think much of it at the time.
Until the REAL final game, when the score was actually tied 5-5 with 1:25 left in the game.
I skated in, did a simple fake, and BAM!
Gold medal at the Worlds.
Not in my mind.
But I still didn’t talk about it to anyone.
Not even my sister, who played on the team.
…until the next World Championship, two years later.
Once again, the score was tied 5-5 in the final.
Only this time there was less than 30 seconds left.
I skated into the corner and picked up the ring. There was only time for one more shot.
Goal – backhand, glove side.
Another gold medal.
This time, I was sure.
I was sure about mental toughness.
I told my teammates about it, but most of them just smiled.
Until the next World Championship, two years later.
Yup, you guessed it…another close score.
With 5:45 left, we were down by two goals.
I looked up at the clock and thought, “We need a goal NOW.”
We went into their end. My linemates passed me the ring and went and set picks on Finland’s defense for me.
“Do it again,” their eyes were silently begging me.
Lucky for me, I had done the mental toughness training.
I was ready.
And my team finally believed.
I walked in through the defense (thanks to those picks) and BAM!
Another goal. 5-4.
Then we tied it up and won the game in overtime.
Three World Championships with a 6-5 score.
I tell this story not to impress you.
I’m pretty sure you’re not a ringette player.
But I am sure that you have a Dream.
And that somewhere inside you, you know your Dream is possible.
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Your mind, your beliefs, your fears, your self-image – they are all bogging you down.
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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.”