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How Olympians Train Their Brains

You’ve already seen athletes spin and twist through the air at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Those feats are nothing compared to the gymnastics that take place in their minds.

“You have to train your mind like you train your body,” Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner once said.

This Huffington Post article by Carolyn Gregoire explains how Olympians train their brains. In short, these world-class performers: 1, Visualize the outcome they want; 2, meditate daily; 3, get rid of unproductive thoughts; 4, set smarter goals; and 5, get into the flow.

Working on even one of these can help you perform your best when it means the most. Becoming skilled at all of them would make you an unstoppable force.

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