Mick Fannings Secret Contest-Winning Mindset
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 March, 2007 : - - Did you see Micks quarter final heat against Josh Kerr at the Quicky Pro. Absolutley insane! Kerro sent Mick to comboland early in the heat and then Mick punched back with some BS barrels and ballistic surfing to take it out. Awesome to watch and the highest-ever scoring heat in ASP history!
What kind of attitude it would take to come back and win the heat while chasing a 9.17 and 9.93? When they interviewed Mick after the final he let out a little secret about his competitve mindset and how he handles the pressure. He said even when I was in bad situations, I just felt the waves were coming.
So, when Kerro put Mick under the pump big time Mick never gave up hope that he would still get the waves and get through. Even under massive pressure Mick just expected to win. Mick showed bucket loads of a success factor called positive expectation.
That means, he always keeps backing himself and never gives up regardless of the situation. Mick always expects positive or good things to happen. Imagine if Mick had thrown in the towel when he got comboed. He never would have got into a massive paddling battle with the rip to keep his position behind the rock, where the best kegs were coming thru. And how would he have surfed with anIve quit attitude definitely not like the maniac that he was.
When you keep positive, when you expect that things will work out, then there is a good chance that that is what is going to happen. And guess what your body follows whats going on in your head.
So, if your brain is shouting Hey, youre stuffed now! Theres no way youre coming back from here! Its over. Then your body will respond with some pretty uninteresting surfing. But with a never say die attitude then your body will respond positively and youll maximize your surfing potential - youll rip!. Developing this positive expectation attitude isnt difficult.
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You just need to keep reflecting on the positives in your surfing during your heat. Things like, youve got good boards, that youve trained hard, that youve surfed well in waves like this before etc. These thoughts create the base for you to believe that you can do it no matter the situation that you find yourself in during the heat - Just like Mick did!
Theres a saying If think youre beaten you are, and if you think youre not, youre not! and its true. As you climb higher in your contest surfing career it is more and more about the mind game not with anyone else just yourself. Then, on the WCT its all about having your attitude right. Everyone is on great boards, they all train hard and everyone can rip, but its your attitude to pressure and self belief that separates the winners and losers.
And the good thing is, that you alone are completely in control of your attitude. You can change your thinking in a second,from loser to winner, and even better, it doesnt cost you a cent to do it. So are you ready to think like Mick Fanning?
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