Lanny Bassham started off life as a loser.
In elementary school, he could never win any of the races, so he decided he’d have a better chance in team sports. When trying out for Little League baseball, he was the last person picked, put out in right field and promptly got hit by the ball right between the eyes. Then he tried out for the basketball team, where he sat out most of the season on the bench. The one time he was put into the game, he had the chance to go in for an easy layup — until he got confused which goal was his team’s, and accidentally kicked the ball out of play.
One day, when studying the Olympics in class, the teacher said: “It’s possible that one of you might one day win an Olympic medal. Who do you think has the best chance of winning a medal in this class?” A boy sitting next to Lanny said, “I don’t know who has the best chance but I do know who has the WORST chance: Lanny!”
That’s when Lanny decided he had to find a sport that would take a short, slow athlete to the Olympics — and eventually found rifle shooting. Twelve years of dedicated training later, he made it to the Olympic Games in Munich, where he failed in his attempt to win the gold medal, settling for the “curse” of winning a silver instead.
He started searching for a course on controlling the mind under pressure. When he couldn’t find one, he began to interview Olympic gold medalists to discover what they were doing to win and went on to create a system of mental control he called Mental Management®. Within six years, he dominated his sport, winning 22 world individual and team titles, setting four world records and winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. For the past 34 years, Lanny has been teaching Mental Management® to the elite of sport and business, including Olympians, Fortune 500 corporations and Navy SEAL snipers.
Listen in on the Mental Mastery for Mavericks podcast where we talk about: how winners never try to win (and what they do instead), what it takes to change your self image and how to use everything that happens to your advantage.