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Becoming a great athlete

  1. 1. Leahcim Semaj4/1/2012 1
  2. 2. “Providing Thought Leadership, Inspiration and Solutions”If you have the need, the wish or the desire, we will provide the Motivation and TransformationMobile: 876.383.5627 Skype: LSemajOffice: 876.960.5627 Twitter: LSemajEmail: FaceBook: Leahcim.Semaj.PhD 4/1/2012 2
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  4. 4.  What lies behind us ◦ And what lies before us Are small matters Compared to ◦What lies within usWhere Do You Start?
  5. 5. The Status of Man  We have not even begun to tap the real potential of what each of us really is capable of
  6. 6. Fact #1:  We use 1/100 of 1% of our brain power  In many people ◦lack of use causes deterioration
  7. 7.  Thinkingand  Yousolve talking about problems by problems consciously and merely serve unconsciously to keep them look for alive solutionsFact #2:
  8. 8. Fact 3:  Mental concentration and creativity are not inherited  We learn these and we can develop them at any age  If we want to
  9. 9. Our True Potential  Is retarded  Is suppressed  By a series of distorted thinking patterns that we develop over time
  10. 10. EXERCISE ONE Stand outside yourself and observe your current mental state What are you ◦ thinking? Feeling? Imagining? Planning? Wanting?We call this self-awareness
  11. 11. Only Humans Have This Ability  Thats why we can have dominion over the earth  The vision we have of ourselves in largely a reflection of the opinions that others have of us
  12. 12. There Are 3 Forces That Shape the Person You Are
  13. 13. 1. Genetic Forces  Your genes  Things you inherit
  14. 14. 2. Socialization How your parents raised you
  15. 15. 3. Environmental Forces  Your coach  Your friends  Your school
  16. 16. Overcoming These Forces Your consciousness Your imagination Your self awarenessCan overcome all these forces You have the freedom to chose the person you wish to be
  18. 18. What Can We Learn From Our World Champions? Your behaviour can be a function ◦Of your decisions ◦Not your conditions 4/1/2012 18
  19. 19. The Lessons4/1/2012 4/1/2012 19 19
  20. 20. LESSONS FROM BEIJINGA powerful raw potential is ever present in the Jamaican psyche; when not productively harnessed, ◦it becomes destructive4/1/2012 4/1/2012 20 20
  21. 21. LESSONS FROM BEIJING 1. These World Class Performers are largely children of rural peasants and the urban poor ◦ not from those with privilege and genetic connections 2. They all started with the assumption that ◦ IT COULD BE DONE ◦ and that they COULD DO IT 4/1/2012 4/1/2012 21 21
  22. 22. LESSONS FROM BEIJING 3.They aligned themselves with persons who shared their vision ◦ OF WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCE 4. They acquired all the information that was needed to achieve success ◦ no shortcuts, no blyes 4/1/2012 4/1/2012 22 22
  23. 23. LESSONS FROM BEIJING 5. They made all the necessary sacrifices 6. They committed themselves 100% to achieving the outcome ◦ body, mind and spirit4/1/2012 4/1/2012 23 23
  24. 24. POST BEIJING OUTCOMES  Those of us who, in our own lives, do what the athletes did, ◦ will increase our chances of getting our equivalent rewards4/1/2012 4/1/2012 24 24
  25. 25. YOUR QUESTION TODAY Did I improve my PR in my work today? What do I need to do to beat the National Record? What do I need to do to beat the World Record? ◦ To become a World Class Performer Am I Committed To Excellence?4/1/2012 4/1/2012 25 25
  26. 26. The Psychology Of WinningBegins With Self UnderstandingWhat attitude do you adopt to situations?Negative thinkers are losers even when things are good 4/1/2012 26
  27. 27. Everything is either anopportunity to grow or anobstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose Dr. Wayne Dyer 4/1/2012 27
  28. 28. The Power of The Word 4/1/2012 28
  29. 29.  Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, youll land among the stars ◦ Les Brown Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. - Henry Ford Success isnt a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. - Arnold H. Glasow Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 29
  30. 30.  The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a mans foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. ◦ Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up. ◦ J.M. Power Lifes problems wouldnt be called "hurdles" if there wasnt a way to get over them ◦ Author Unknown Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 30
  31. 31.  Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. - Author Unknown God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them. - Author Unknown Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. ◦ Woody Allen Often, what seems an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in. ◦ Robert Brault, Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 31
  32. 32.  The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle. Author Unknown The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ◦ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996 You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures ◦ Charles C. Noble Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 32
  33. 33.  Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. ◦ ~Ralph Marston Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~Confucius Put your future in good hands - your own. ~Author Unknown It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 33
  34. 34.  What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ◦ ~Henry S. Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940, commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (Thanks, Garson OToole!) The man who has done his best has done everything. ~Charles M. Schwab Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 34
  35. 35.  Nature decrees that we do not exceed the speed of light. All other impossibilities are optional. ~Robert Brault, Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution. ~Anthony J. DAngelo I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. ◦ ~Pablo Picasso Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 35
  36. 36.  What we are is Gods gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~Eleanor Powell Thetrue meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. - ~Nelson Henderson Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 36
  37. 37.  Its not who you are that holds you back, its who you think youre not. - ~Author Unknown Whether you think you can or think you cant - you are right. - ~Henry Ford Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 37
  38. 38.  In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality. ◦ ~Kristian Kan, Rich By 25 Success comes in cans, not cants. ◦ ~Author Unknown Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 38
  39. 39.  Youhave to expect things of yourself before you can do them. ◦ ~Michael Jordan If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. - ~Thomas Alva Edison Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 39
  40. 40.  Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius. ◦ ~Robert Brault, Ive got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end. - ~Larry Bird Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 40
  41. 41.  The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. - ~Author Unknown Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ◦ ~Thomas Edison The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ◦ ~Attributed to both Vidal Sassoon and Donald Kendall Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. ◦ ~Ann Landers Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 41
  42. 42.  Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ◦ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Dont find fault. Find a remedy. ◦ ~Henry Ford To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution. - ~Jo Coudert, Dare To Be Great! 4/1/2012 42
  43. 43.  Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ◦ John Wooden Ifyou dont have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? - John Wooden How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 43
  44. 44.  Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. ◦ Vince Lombardi Its easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when youre a winner, when youre number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when youre not a winner. - Vince Lombardi I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Dont quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. - Muhammad Ali How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 44
  45. 45.  It isnt the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; its the pebble in your shoe. ◦ Muhammad Ali “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – ST. Francis of Assisi I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win. ◦ Michael Jordan How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 45
  46. 46.  Ive missed more than 9000 shots in my career. Ive lost almost 300 games. 26 times, Ive been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. Ive failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ◦ Michael Jordan If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price. ◦ Bud Wilkinson How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 46
  47. 47.  Just go out there and do what you have to do. - Martina Navratilova “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” - Walter Elliott Letyour workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results. - Lao Tzu How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 47
  48. 48.  “As you think, so shall you become.” Bruce Lee quote If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. ◦ Bruce Lee quote “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” ◦ Henry Ford How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 48
  49. 49.  “You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.” - Charles C. Noble Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong “Winning is about heart, not just legs. Its got to be in the right place.” Lance Armstrong How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 49
  50. 50.  Youcan always become better. ◦ Tiger Woods Do not speak defeat, speak victory. ◦ Joel Osteen How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 50
  51. 51.  Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. ◦ Tony Robbins “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.” ◦ H. Ross Perot You cant make a great play unless you do it first in practice. ◦ Chuck Noll How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 51
  52. 52.  Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.” ◦ Pele “I think Ive always had the shots. But in the past, Ive suffered too many mental lapses. Now, Im starting to get away from that and my mental discipline and commitment to the game are much better. I think Im really taking a good look at the big picture. Thats the difference between being around for the final or watching the final from my sofa at home.” ◦ Andre Agassi How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 52
  53. 53.  “Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.” ◦ Andre Agassi I just tried to keep my cool and continue with my race plan: to win. ◦ Mark Spitz How Athletes Win 4/1/2012 53
  54. 54. Make A Vision Boarda simple yet powerful visualization tool that activates the universal law of attraction to begin manifesting your dreams into reality. 4/1/2012 54
  55. 55. WHATS A VISION BOARD? A vision board is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. The purpose of a vision board is to activate the law of attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream. By selecting pictures and writing that charges your emotions with feelings of passion, you will begin to manifest those things into your life. 4/1/2012 55
  56. 56. THE SCIENCE BEHINDTHE LAW OF ATTRACTION The law of attraction states that we attract into our lives anything that we give attention to, ◦ regardless whether it be positive or negative. From a psychological view, ◦ the law of attraction can be best explained by the information filtering system of the brain ◦ known as the reticular activating system (RAS). 4/1/2012 56
  57. 57. The Reticular Activating System 4/1/2012 57
  58. 58. The Reticular Activating System It is the part of your brain, at the back of your head where the spine meets the skull. It works as a group of brain cells that sorts through all the incoming data and stimuli you encounter and gives you notice of the important things. It is like a secretary which makes you aware of all the stuff you believe are significant to you. 4/1/2012 58
  59. 59. The Reticular Activating System The RAS filters out zillions of messages your five senses are constantly passing along and decides which ones are essential to you. Your RAS works based on the Law of Attraction, ◦ what you focus on will come to you. 4/1/2012 59
  60. 60. The Power of the RAS Vision boards serve the role of programming the RAS to tune into external stimuli that can help us move closer towards our intentions. Your RAS is responsible for filtering all the incoming information that your brain receives ◦ and it also acts as receiver for information that is tagged as important. 4/1/2012 60
  61. 61. What Did We Learn From ALL World Champions? Your behaviour can be a function ◦Of your decisions ◦Not your conditions WHAT HAVE YOU DECIDED? 4/1/2012 61
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  63. 63. If you enjoyed and benefitted from this presentation and would like me to work with your team or organization, please contact me.Mobile: 876.383.5627 Skype: LSemajOffice: 876.960.5627 Twitter: LSemajEmail: FaceBook: Leahcim.Semaj.PhD 4/1/2012 63