Cus D’Amato - from Mike Tyson, Undisputed Truth – Sickness is in the mind – heal thyself
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Mike Tyson – Undisputed Truth
Cus was big on affirmations. He had a book called Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion. by a French pharmacist/psychologist named Emile Coue. Coue would tell his patients to repeat to themselves, "Every day in every way, I am getting better and better" over and over again.
Cus had a bad cataract in one eye, and he would repeat that phrase and he claimed the phrase had made it better.
Cus had us modify the affirmations for our own situation. So he had me saying, "The best fighter in the world. Nobody can beat me. The best fighter in the world. Nobody can beat me" over and over again all day. I loved doing that, I loved hearing myself talk about myself.
The goal of all these techniques was to build confidence in the fighter. Confidence was everything. But in order to possess that confidence, you had to test yourself and put yourself on the line. It doesn't come from osmosis, out of the air. It comes from consistently going over the visualization in your mind to help you develop the confidence that you want to possess.