Jose Mourinho uses Mental Resilience Techniques

Michael Dobson shared this article with me and felt that this would make a good piece for my blog this week.
He said that brainwashing is similar to visualisation which is in effect seeing the outcome you desire in your mind before you achieve it. This is so very true, and tens of thousands of athletes and business leaders use this technique to achieve huge success.
As the great Henry Ford once said, ‘If you think you can or think you can’t you are right either way.’
Jose Mourinho took over at Tottenham Hotspur football club in November 2019 and during the past year he has transformed the team. He uses positive psychology to inspire belief into his players. This is something he has done for many years and has won 20 major trophies during his career.
This is the article in the Evening Standard this week:
Jose Mourinho has “brainwashed” his Tottenham team into believing they can win the Premier League title, says Tim Sherwood.
Spurs find themselves top of the table for the first time in over six years, though have never sat above all their rivals this late into a campaign.
Sherwood has been impressed by Mourinho’s impact at the club, the Portuguese recently marking one year in charge, and feels the whole squad have bought into his methods.
“He’s found a way with the group of players he has,’ Sherwood told talkSPORT. “He’s bought very well, Sergio Reguilon has been a good signing at left back, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for me has been the best signing. He fits into the style and just protects the two centre halves.

“Jose has brainwashed his players to believe they have to work to achieve something – they need to win trophies, this group of players.
“When you play as solid as they do, he’s almost brainwashed them into believing, and why wouldn’t you believe in him?
“He’s won 20 major trophies in his career and you’re winning football matches, so then you start believing that this guy is the real deal, he knows what he’s talking about, and why can’t we win the league?”
Spurs beat Manchester City on Saturday, with Heung-min Son scoring his ninth league goal of the season and Harry Kane notching his ninth assist.
Sherwood added: “When we’ve got players like Son and Kane, who are world-class and could probably play in any team in the world, you’ve always got a chance.”
A very powerful technique
Visualisation is one of the techniques used to develop Mental Resilience and it helps you to create a picture of success in your mind which gives you motivation, energy and inspiration.
If you can see success in your mind and believe that it is achievable then you are on the path to achieving that success. It doesn’t guarantee that you will succeed but it does mean you have a much better chance of succeeding.
20 major trophies is an indicator that this works. Jose studied psychology and has applied these techniques everywhere he has gone and it has brought him great success.
Last week I said that I would complete chapter 7 of my book ‘Off the Wall – How to Develop World Class Mental Resilience’ with an Action Plan to develop a positive mindset so here it is.  
Positive Mindset Action Plan
Step One – Positive Affirmations
Speak to yourself positively; control your inner dialog. Use positive affirmations phrased in the positive, present, and personal tense, such as, ‘I like myself,’ ‘I can do it,’ ‘I feel terrific,’ and ‘I am responsible!’
Your mind is like a garden. If you do not deliberately plant flowers and tend carefully, weeds will grow without any encouragement at all.
Step Two – Positive Visualisation
Perhaps the most powerful ability that you have is the ability to visualise and see your goals as already accomplished. Create a clear, exciting picture of your goal and your ideal life, and replay this picture in your mind over and over.  As you ‘see’ yourself on the inside, you will ‘be’ on the outside.
Step Three – Positive People
Your choices of the people with whom you live, work, and associate will have more of an impact on your emotions and your success than any other factor. Decide today to associate with positive people, people who are happy and optimistic and who are going somewhere with their lives.
Step Four – Mental Food
Just as your body is healthy to the degree to which you eat nutritious foods, your mind is healthy to the degree to which you feed it with ‘mental protein’ rather than ‘mental candy’.  Read books, magazines and articles, watch TV, DVDs or online courses that are educational, inspirational, or motivational. Listen to positive, constructive CDs and audio programs in your car or on your MP3 player.
Step Five – Positive Health Habits
Take good care of your physical health. Eat healthy, natural and nutritious foods, and eat them sparingly and in proper balance. A nutritional diet will have an immediate, positive effect on your thoughts and feelings.
Resolve to get regular exercise – when you do this, you feel happier and healthier and experience lower levels of stress and fatigue than a person who sits on the couch and watches television all evening.
Final Thoughts

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that helps us see the ‘silver lining’, which causes us to anticipate happiness, joy, health, and favourable results. Effective positive thinking requires focusing on positive thoughts and positive emotions and also taking positive action to bring about favourable outcomes.

So choose to be positive. You’ll feel better, make others feel better, and you’ll look younger too!

“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.” Gandhi

Thoughts for the week

  1. Are the thoughts and pictures in your mind more positive or negative?
  2. Do you anticipate success or failure most of the time?
  3. What you believe will happen, often does.
  4. This week make a huge effort to start seeing things as possible and believe the best is going to happen.  

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and keep visualising!
Warm regards

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