If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do... the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.
-General George S. Patton
These words are in effect a call for intentional and decisive action through conscious thought and attention. It is also a call for staying the course through internal resolve as opposed to relenting to our body's impulses that tend to give up or tire easily. Patton words are just as relevant today for all walks of life as they were when he uttered them, during World War II. Here are some basic strategies underlying the success of renowned professionals today that focus on the importance of mind over body:
* Rely on yourself. You don't need assurance from others. Looking for assurance makes you weak and unsure of yourself. You must know or find out for yourself what you are capable of achieving.
* Don't make it a need for the audience to like you. Such reliance will take you away from the attention you should pay to your activity. Intense awareness of what you are doing and how you are doing it will strengthen your performance.
* Don't let emotions and slip-ups wear you down. Be patient with yourself and reward yourself every step of the way. Look at your glass as half full and not half empty.
* Don't approach your activity with fear. It is not the end of the world to make mistakes. Working on mistakes or improvements can make you stronger since you learn from correcting problems areas and finessing your art.
* Don't look for excuses or take on a defeatist attitude. Keep trying, stay focused, and never give up.
* Don't seek out problems or create imaginary problems, especially those you draw by comparing yourself with others. You must see yourself as distinct and unique. Negative thinking associated with the saying "Grass is always greener on the other side" will yield a negative approach to your activity and leave you dissatisfied and unhappy -- a recipe for failure.
* Watch good performers to learn more and not to be envious and dissatisfied.
* Rely on your good judgment and plenty of practice, patience, and persistence.
* Be self-centered, admire yourself, and even cocky on the performance platform in order to perform your best. This means believing in yourself and it translates into confidence in movement and technical finesse.