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How to win

As book titles go, In The Zone: How Champions Think And Win Big is pretty self-explanatory. When you’re in the zone mentally, you get results; whether that’s a volley into the top corner, a 147, or a fast lap. 

Author Clyde Brolin interviewed some of the greatest champions of all time for his book, and he’s picked out four quotes that reveal why mental strength is as important as physical if you want to be the best at what you do.

Stay in the moment 

“I never got knocked out by a bad moment, because once it’s done, it’s done. You’ve got to move on. If you’re in the past, it’s going to kill the present and the future. You have to be in the moment, here and now, because this is the only one that counts.”

Daley Thompson, double Olympic decathlon champion

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Will the win

“In the fifth set of a grand slam final, there’s no more physical strength to rely on. It’s will to win that guides you to the end. Belief is something you learn, and it makes the difference in winning the match. Just believe, and you find the mental push you need.”

Novak Djokovic, winner of 12 grand slam titles

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Giving it all that

“It’s like an internal boxing match inside your head, negative versus positive. A lot of the time, it’s a bluff, letting the opposition think you’re tougher than you really are. It’s a one-on-one battle out in the middle, batsman versus bowler. But if you give off that good aura, you’re on top straight away.”

Steve Waugh, captain of Australia’s all-conquering ’90s cricket team

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Picture the outcome

“I started visualising when I was 14, thinking about how I wanted the race to go. That was key to everything I did. It’s crazy to look back now because it feels like I’ve been living a dream come true. This is everything I dreamed about as a kid. And it’s wild.”

Michael Phelps, winner of 23 Olympic swimming golds 

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In The Zone is out 20 April, RRP £18.99 (Blink Publishing)

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