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KEY POINTS:

1. Power Words remind you of who you are and what you should be doing in a challenging situation.

2. Think about what you need to do to have a great performance and then see if you can describe those actions in one or two words.

3. Then say those words to yourself right before the performance begins to remind yourself of what you need to do to be successful.

Today’s Exercise: Power Words

Fill out the “Power Words” exercise on page 12 of your Athlete Workbook.

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More on Power Words

At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Skier Alexandre Bilodeau used a specific sports psychology technique to help him win a gold medal.

As Alexandre stood looking down on the moguls run, the potential for distraction was massive, including 10,000 cheering fans. So he focused on the two things that he and his coach had decided were key to victory: letting his knees go forward over the bumps and being soft and relaxed during his second air.

To do so, he stood in the starting gates and said softly to himself “forward” and “soft” – pre-arranged “Power Words” he used to focus on the most important elements of his run. The result? Pure gold.

You can come up with your own set of Power Words at peak performance moments. Figure yours out and use them to power through tough challenges.


The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is intended to compliment your training plan and not instead of guidance from your coach. It should also not be used in place of advice from a doctor or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you assume any risks, and that you release Impactic Sport from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.