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A Sports Psychologist Reveals The Secrets To A Powerful Mindset

Source | | Kevin Kruse

How do the highest achievers think differently? Consider the professional athletes who have won multiple championships: the Tom Bradys and Kobe Bryants of the world. They’ve mastered their craft, but their mindsets also set them apart from their peers. What do they do differently to reach peak performance?

Dr. Stan Beecham is a sports psychologist, and director and founding member of the Leadership Resource Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s the author of Elite Minds: How Winners Think Differently to Create a Competitive Edge and Maximize Success. Dr. Beecham has worked with the best of the best from all over the world, and has discovered some fascinating insights regarding ultra-successful people.

I recently interviewed Dr. Beecham to learn from those insights. (The transcript below has been edited lightly for space and clarity.)

Kevin Kruse: You say that the primary determinant of success isn’t talent or experience; it’s mindset.

Stan Beecham: Division one athletes are basically the top 1% of high school athletes. You could argue that professional athletes are another top five to 1% of those. When you get at that level, say for example, in professional football, the reality is everyone is talented.

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