Sports Psychology Trains the Mind to Prepare for Success

Sports Success Key: Mental Preparation

Athletes today need to balance the stressors of life with the stressors of his/her sport and be able to handle the pressures of success and of failures or temporary defeats and setbacks.

Mental preparation, derived from the field of sports psychology, is the key to preparing or "unlocking" the mind to achieve success.

Mental preparation is training the mind for successful performance. Get your mind right!

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"What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
--Napoleon Hill

Some of the components important in mental preparation include motivation, arousal, energy management, goal-setting, imagery, relaxation and energization, attention, stress management, self confidence, and mental toughness.

These are components that can be addressed by a sports psychologist, or an experienced and well educated sports performance coach, performance scientist, or sports coach.

Sports Psychology is a field of specialists that deals with helping athletes maximize performance by managing emotions and minimizing the psychological effects of injury or poor performance (Wikipedia: Sports Psychology).

Please check out our Sports Training Resources for recommended sports psychology resource websites and recommended sports psychologists.

Motivational Quotes to help you prepare your mind for success:

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way; if you don't, you'll find an excuse."
--Author Unknown

"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything." --Napoleon Hill

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
--Colin Powell

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit."
--Napoleon Hill

"Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing."
--Ed Foreman

"Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win--essential to success."
--Napoleon Hill

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
--Albert Einstein

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."
--Napoleon Hill

"Only a strong tree can stand alone."
--Arnold Glasow

"Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."
--Napoleon Hill

"The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind."
--Napoleon Hill

"The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind."
--Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

"It's a sure thing that you'll not finish if you don't start."
--Napoleon Hill

"The individual with a negative mental attitude attracts troubles as a magnet attracts steel fittings."
--Napoleon Hill

"Our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail."
--Dr. John C. Maxwell

"The key to having a good attitude is the willingness to change. We are either the masters or the victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice. Who we are today is the result of choices we made yesterday. Tomorrow we will become what we choose today. To change means to choose to change."
--Dr. John C. Maxwell

"The ladder of success is never crowded at the top."
--Napoleon Hill

"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."

"You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."
—Author Unknown

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."
—William B. Sprague

"He who hesitates is lost."

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do."
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Try not to become a man of success but a man of value."
—Albert Einstein

"Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great."
—Orison Swett Marden

"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take."
—Wayne Gretzky

"They can because they think they can."

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
—Thomas Jefferson

"The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed."
—Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will."
—Vince Lombardi

"Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration."
—Evan Esar

"Impatience never commanded success."
—Edwin H. Chapin

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."
—Robert Collier

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow."
—Doug Firebaugh

"Seven Steps to Success
1) Make a commitment to grow daily.
2) Value the process more than events.
3) Don't wait for inspiration.
4) Be willing to sacrifice pleasure for opportunity.
5) Dream big.
6) Plan your priorities.
7) Give up to go up."
-–John C. Maxwell

"Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a ‘real’ experience."
—Maxwell Maltz

"Change is inevitable. Growth is optional."
-John C. Maxwell

"Success is about having, excellence is about being. Success is about having money and fame, but excellence is being the best you can be."
—Mike Ditka

"Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%… you make it that much easier for me to beat you."

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."
—Vince Lombardi

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
—John Wooden

"If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price."
—Bud Wilkinson

"My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back."

"During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball."
—Mickey Mantle

"If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?"
—Joe Namath

"I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come."
—Michael Jordan

"If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting."
—Dick Vermeil

"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
—John Wooden

"You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
—John Wooden

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
—John Wooden

"It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts."
—John Wooden

"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character."
—John Wooden

"Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to."
—John Wooden

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it."
—Lou Holtz

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself.  Never pity yourself.  Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everyone else."
—Henry Ward Beecher

"There is an interesting point about the price of success: It must always be paid in full—and in advance.  Everyone wants to be successful. Everyone wants to be healthy, happy, thin, and rich.  But most people are not willing to pay the price."
—Brian Tracy

"The elevator to success is out of order, but the stairs are always open."
—Zig Ziglar

"There are only three requirements for success.  First, decide exactly what it is you want in life.  Second, determine the price that you are going to have to pay to get the things you want.  And third, and this is most important, resolve to pay that price."
—H.L. Hunt

"Successful people make a habit of doing the things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do."
—Herbert Grey

"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."
—Aldous Huxley

"Courage is not absence of fear; it is a control of fear, mastery of fear."
—Mark Twain

"Success is the power to acquire whatever one demands of life without violating the rights of others."
—Andrew Carnegie

"One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something."
—Henry David Thoreau

"Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it."
—Lou Holtz

"Remember. Every day, some ordinary person does something extraordinary. Today, it’s your turn."
—Lou Holtz

"He who does not look ahead remains behind."
—Spanish proverb

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
—John C. Maxwell

"Vision is the world’s most desperate need.  There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly."
—Winifred Newman

"If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up someplace else."
—Yogi Berra

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."
—William James

"Many people succeed when others do not believe in them.  But rarely does a person succeed when he does not believe in himself."
—Herb True

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
—W.W. Ziege

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still."
—Chinese proverb

"Everyone who got where he is started where he was."
—John C. Maxwell

"There has not yet been a person in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering."
—Theodore Roosevelt

"The hero and the coward both feel exactly the same fear, only the hero confronts his fear and converts it into fire."
—Cus D’Amato

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
—Henry Ford

"There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going."
—Beverly Sills

"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
—George Washington Carver

"The successful person has the habit of doing the things that failures don’t like to do. The successful person doesn’t like doing them either, but his dislike is subordinated to the strength of his purpose."
—E.M. Gray

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