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Foxy Radcliffe

Posted: October 2, 2007 in Tips from champions

Paula Radcliffe told us she was participating in the Great North run to blow away the cobwebs. She then went on and finished a credible second place to the winner, American Goucher.

Paula Radcliffe When she finished she said she was annoyed but happy to be back. This means her claim of blowing away the cobwebs was just mind games to try and distract her opponents. This time it didnt work.

Winning is not everthing but the only thing. That famous quote sums up Jose Mourinho. The former manager of Chelsea fc has parted company with the london club. The man has been on a roll winning trophies year in year out for the last 4 years.

Jose MourinhoWhat made him so successful? Mourinho believed in his own divine powers, thats why he billed himself as the “special one”. I dont think this is arrogance in him, its self belief. If he never thought himself that way I dont think he would have been this succeful. His second reason was, the man knew how to get the best out of his players. He demanded 100% from them in return he rewarded them with praise and his support. He was a strict disciplinarian those who did not tow the line were quicky shoved aside.

His other talents

Apart from being a good manager the man was good with word.

On Rivals

“Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have this big telescope to look into the homes of other people and see what is happening. Wenger must be one of them – and it is a sickness.”
Astonishing attack on Arsene Wenger

He had no pity on his fellow managers. “Three years without a Premiership title? I don’t think I would still be in a job.”Chiding lack of success by Rafa Benitez, Manager of a rival team. You might think this is poor sportsmanship, but should you care for a person whose success means your loss.

Like him or hate him the man knew how to win and that is what he did. His success reminded us we all crave success, their is no point in being envious, let us learn the ways of the successful.

Tigers will to win

Posted: September 18, 2007 in Tips from champions

I watched CNN world sports program and it was reported the best golfer of his generation, Tiger Wood had won a bonus of 10m $. The world number one golfer ended his 2007 PGA Tour campaign by romping to an eight-shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday.You might assume a man who has won so much money needs a break not Tiger “The whole idea is to try and keep improving and am trying to improve that a little bit to get to the next level” he told the press.”

This has been a great year for Tiger not the best. During 2007, Woods entered 16 events on the PGA Tour. He won seven of them and posted 12 top-ten finishes without once missing a cut.earn him $10,867,052 in prize money this year as well as that $10m bonus for his retirement. His career earnings in America exceed $76.57m. If this sounds like a lot of money, it’s relatively small beer compared to what Tiger earns off the course. Earlier this summer, Sports Illustrated estimated Woods would earn $112million in 2007 thanks to sponsorships and endorsements. No athlete in any sport has ever earned more than $100m in a season before.

His mental secret

If you are an ordinary human being and you won so much money I dont think you would maintain the motivation to reamin good in whatever you do. Tiger has a practiced a concentration level that has ensured he is never distracted by money or performance anxiety, “I will never say I have telekinesis,” he once said. “But I do think that when I am in the moment when my concentration is highest, when it’s at a peak, I see things more clearly and things happen slower. When that moment happens, it’s like magic.”

If you are a marathon runner and you are looking for that extra edge, you can learn from the master champion  himself. Train your mind to focus and success will come your way.

How Powell Beat himself

Posted: September 13, 2007 in Tips from champions

Jamaica's Asafa Powell bettered his own 100-meter world record by 0.03 seconds. Asafa Powell the world fastest man outdid himself by breaking his own world record. He set a new world record time of 9.74 to break his previous record of 9.77. The old time is jointly shared with the American Justin Gatlin, whose name will be removed from the record books if he fails to overturn an eight-year doping ban.

On winning the Jamaican remained as hungry as ever “This means that I can do even 9.68,” Powell said. “I’m worth that time, I know it.” Do you think this is too ambitious? Personally I think this is a winners mentality. To win great things you have to think the unthinkable.

Burying the ghost of Osaka

The record comes only two weeks after the Jamaican finished a disappointing third at the track and field world championships in Osaka, Japan.Even though he had looked dominant throughout the rounds in Osaka, Powell all but gave up in the final, despite leading with 30m left. The American Tyson Gay came up on his shoulder and Powell admitted he panicked and slipped into third place. After this incident his critics commented “he is a fine a athlete but not a competitor. This is due to the fact he hasnt won any major title. If he maintains the composure he showed at Rieti, Italy Grandprix I dont see why he wont win a Gold at next years Beijing Olympics. The only thing Powell has to fear is fear.

Federer stalking Sampras

Posted: September 11, 2007 in Tips from champions

At 26 years old, Federer has seemingly plenty of time to win the three slams that will take him past Pete Sampras’s record of 14. The smug faced Swiss world number one defeated first rising Serbian, Novak Djokovic  to win his 12th  major title at the US Open on Sunday. Djokovic credited Federer’s mental toughness as a major factor in his success. “One of his biggest strengths is that mental strength,” he said. “He’s the No1 player of the world and everybody expects him to do well in every tournament he plays in, on every surface, so he has a lot of pressure. It’s amazing to see him, how fast and how successful he deals with that pressure. He performs some incredible tennis.” You have to agree with him.

Keeps on going

That mental toughness showed on sunday when Djokovic pushed Federer all the way 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. The serbian was ever on the swiss shodow but Federer didnt loose his nerve.

Will he match Sampras? I bet he will, and do even better than the old master.