From Michael Phelps to business lesson (Part 2)

2. Conquer your own mentality

One of the best therapies used by Phelps before a game is sense of breath. This is said to stimulate blood circulation in the body, helping energy circulate better. Another thing Phelps likes to do is listen to music until the very last moment before entering the competition. In 2005, Phelps told The Guardian that “it relaxes me, and takes me into my own little world”.

When Bowman first coached Phelps, he noticed that Phelps had problems coping with stress and his ability to calm down before race. Later, Bowman bought a book about relaxation exercises that read something like this: “Clench your hands into fists and relax. Imagine the tension slowly melting. ” Then he asked Phelps’s mother to read this again to Phelps every night so he could relax his body before going to bed.

Achieving a state of calm can be a bit difficult for many business owners, and it’s really hard to do with a chaotic mind and a tense body. Take the time to find effective relaxation techniques, especially when stressful situations are hidden ahead. A comfortable mind will give us wise choices in business as well as in life.

3. Cultivate good habits

Bowman believes the secret behind Phelps’ victories is the creation of good habits, which helps Phelps become the strongest mentally challenged swimmer. When Phelps was a teenager, Bowman asked Phelps to imagine a perfect race and how he would win it.

Once some core habits are established, all other habits such as maintaining the right diet, exercising muscle tension, and sleeping time properly will automatically appear. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun , Phelps rarely stayed up late after 10 p.m. He also wears devices to determine the depth of sleep and a detailed tracking sheet for each food he consumes each day.

Great business owners will achieve their goals if they pay attention to the habits they build on a daily basis. Good habits will help them solve problems, build good relationships with others, and come up with new ideas that can make their business viable with challenges and time.