The winning mind
It would be tempting to begin this chapter by describing a magic formula for the winning mind. Unfortunately, life isn’t that easy. For years, the question of what makes a champion has remained unanswered by sport psychologists and it’s probably no coincidence that the earliest documented sport psychology intervention in the 1930s was an attempt to identify the winning mind, or more specifically, the psychological profile of a champion baseball player.1 This and many subsequent attempts failed miserably. Instead, the honest answer that we keep coming back to is that there simply is no magic psychological formula, instead ‘It depends’.