What goes through your mind as you are watching Olympic athletes compete on TV? I'm thinking especially about the swimming events. Did you catch the incredible focus these athletes exhibit? They are in fabulous physical condition but each event winner comes down to hundredths or even thousandths of a second to separate winners from losers. So what is the element besides strength and athletic ability that separates the winners and losers?
Flip Darr, collegiate swimming coach played a vital part in eight different Olympic winners sheds some light: "I felt in my coaching career that if I would work on the swimmers' heads, their bodies would come along." He paused and goes on, "A lot of coaches work on their bodies and then at the last moment try to do their heads. The thing is, if they are working with their heads all the time, and working with their head over the body, mind over matter, they will have more confidence when they walk up to the starting block."
This is a fabulous illustration of the value of good thinking! Athletic ability is important for a swimmer...but preparation for the biggest race of your life is as much mental as it is physical, if not more. Bill MacCartney, former head football coach at the University of Colorado said, "Mental is to physical what four is to one."
This is a powerful concept in making the case for good thinking...in the swimming pool or at school or at home. The specific thoughts you think that increase your effectiveness might not be the same as what is required for an Olympic medal... BUT THE OVERALL COMMITMENT TO GOOD THINKING IS IDENTICAL!
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable...if anything is excellent or praiseworthy... think about such things" (Philippians 4:8).