How Athlete's Pre-Game Rituals Prepare Them for Success
Craig Jones / Getty Images
EXPERT ADVICE

10 Habits of Highly Successful Athletes

How do professional athletes perform at such high levels? Natural ability plays a major roll and physical training is essential, but there's also a mental component. Michael Jordan wouldn't have hit clutch shots if he were overcome with anxiety, and Ray Lewis wouldn't have made so many memorable tackles if he weren't so hyped up. Elite athletes know how to prepare themselves to compete at the outer fringes of their ability, and their pre-game strategies are more defined by what works than by what makes sense. Some football players do yoga while others eat cookies – but both players are following a system that yields results for them.

Here's how some of the all-time greats prepared themselves to succeed at a high level. It's only crazy if it doesn't work.

Launch Gallery »

Facebook just added to your Activity: This Article

Close

Magazine

The 2014 Adventure Issue

From Iceland's Highway 1 to Utah's Canyonlands, an epic itinerary for modern explorers.

Plus: Building a Bigger Action Hero

ON NEWSSTANDS NOW

Magazine

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive the Men’s Journal newsletter and special offers from MJ and its marketing partners.

How we use your email
X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Men's Journal and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

www.expandtheroom.com