Article by Zhang Xinyue of Create Abundance
The Olympics are arguably the most stressful level of competition in the world. There is enormous pressure on athletes to compete from their countries, their coaches, and their sponsors. For this reason, only the athletes who are both physically and mentally strong can take home the gold.
In light of this, cultivating a positive mindset and creating abundance in your thoughts is paramount if you want to compete as an Olympic athlete. This is why medalists such as snowboarder Jamie Anderson and beach volleyball duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings have included meditation as part of their preparation for winning the gold.
Meditation and positive visualization allow athletes to quiet the fears and doubts in their mind and focus on putting their best performance forward. Negative emotions can be a distraction that prevents athletes from reaching their full potential. Through meditation and mental training, athletes can focus their minds fully on the present moment. Through this heightened but relaxed concentration, all of the movements and techniques they have practiced will become almost instinctual.
When faced with the pressure to perform, many athletes begin overthinking their performance and fixating on small details. This type of overthinking causes hesitation and confusion during competition. For this reason, you must train your mind to relax through sustained practice and mental training. Meditation teaches you to perform almost subconsciously. With the right attitude and a positive mindset, you can master your mind and become one step closer to achieving your dream of being a world champion.
Zhang Xinyue is the author of the book Create Abundance. The book is a collection of Teacher Zhang Xinyue’s words of wisdom concerning body-mind-spirit cultivation. Originally published in 2012, it has remained a best seller. It has been translated to numerous languages.
Article provided by Zhang Xinyue of Create Abundance
Psychologists tell us how important it is to reaffirm to our kids that they are loved, wanted, intelligent and can do anything they set their minds to. When children don’t receive this affirmation growing up, they often do become low achievers. However, a select few just take this lack of encouragement as a sign that they’ll need to work harder to make it.
Abraham Lincoln was defeated in 26 political campaigns. He also failed at various business ventures and even declared bankruptcy twice over his lifetime. Something in him made him keep trying though and in November of 1860, he became America’s 16th president. His Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 freed slaves in 10 states. His Gettysburg Address delivered in 1863 announced to the masses that America was a nation, “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Though he was assassinated in 1865, his radical ideologies changed the face of our nation. The course of history was altered by Lincoln’s beliefs that no human being should be the property of another.
In wholly different venues, men like Walt Disney and Ludwig von Beethoven changed our lives as well. Their contributions were timeless, but they too, were told as children that they would never amount to anything. Sometimes people become so discouraged by bad childhood experiences that they are emotionally crippled but a select few just take the negative events in stride and use them as stepping stones to success.
Even if you’ve struggled with issues in your sporting career, don’t give up. Keep working hard. Create that abundance mindset that will take you over the finish line in glorious victory.
With many years as a well-known spiritualist leader and teacher in her field, Zhang Xinyue is known for a variety of achievements. Her creation of the Abundance system aims to promote a meaningful and straight forward approach to life’s philosophical issues. In 2012 she wrote her best-selling book Create Abundance. The book is a collection of quotes containing words of wisdom on how to develop body-mind-spirit cultivation.
Her book was released initially in Chinese, but it is also available in English and other languages now. A second version of the book has also recently been released.