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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

The swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. He's won 22 medals of which 18 have been gold medals. Phelps says that his ability to perform under pressure is one of the key factors behind his success. From the age of 8, his coach Bob Bowman trained him to have a gold medal attitude, whatever the circumstances. Bowman introduced Phelps to the formula: E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome) No matter what happens in your life (E), you can change your response (R) to that event until you get the outcome (O) you want. Bowman would intentionally make life difficult for Phelps by, rearranging training times at the last minute, cancelling the transport which took him home, hiding his water bottle so that he would have to swim thirsty, and treading on Phelps' swimming goggles before a race so that he would have to swim without them. Bowman wanted to see what impact these events (E) had on Phelps attitude by monitoring his response (R). Initially, the young Phelps would get frustrated, angry and feel like giving up, but when anything negative happened Bowman would get Phelps to ask himself the W.I.N. question: What's Important Now? Just after he dove into the water in the final of the 200 meters butterfly at the 2008 Olympic Games, Phelps' goggles began to leak, which meant that his vision was completely blurred. At this moment, Phelps asked himself the W.I.N. question. He realised that the only thing he could control now was his reaction. Although the turns at the end of each length became a bit tricky, Phelps won the race in a world record time. After the race, Phelps was asked how the water in his goggles had hindered him. Phelps replied, "The fact that I couldn't see allowed me to focus even more on my stroke, rather than on what the other guys were doing." In the words of Bob Bowman, "Your attitude will determine your altitude and how high you will fly in life." Do you need assistance overcoming attitudinal issues in yourself or others close to you? Are these attitudinal issues holding you back? Truth@Life can help. Call 248-396-6255 or email me at curtis.songer@gmail.com for a FREE consultation. For more info on help I can provide check out http://truthatlife.com/

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