How a diver used positive thinking to win gold
When Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis smashed his head into the high board during the finals of the 1988 Olympic Games, with a worldwide television audience watching, he could have easily filled his mind with negative thoughts.
He could have reviewed videotapes of the dive to see what he did wrong, so he could correct it.
He could have asked his coach to analyze it for him and make suggestions. He could have tried to forget the incident, to force it out of his consciousness.
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All of those options involved negative thinking. Why? Because they focused on the problem on what he did not want.
What did he actually do? After he got back on the board and went on to win the gold medal, Louganis told a television interviewer exactly what he did to prevent the incident from affecting his performance. First, said Louganis, he refused to watch a tape of the dive. He did not want to make any further impressions of that error on his brain. Then he recalled the thousands of times he had made that dive successfully.
But wasn’t he scared when he climbed onto the board the next time? Sure he was. He admitted it. But he used his powerful concentration to recall the thousands of times he had done that dive successfully. He thought about what he wanted, rather than what he didn’t want. Positive thoughts, positive mental pictures.
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