“Iron Mike” Tyson – Heavyweight World Champion – “Everybody Has A Plan”

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“Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.”

— Mike Tyson

“People were asking me before the fight, ‘What’s going to happen?,'” said Tyson. “They were talking about his style. ‘He’s going to give you a lot of lateral movement. He’s going to move, he’s going to dance. He’s going to do this, do that.’ I said, “Everybody has a plan, until they get hit. Then, like a rat, they stop in Fear and Freeze.'”

Tyson’s Trainer + Manager “Cus D’Amato” on “Visualization”:

With the help of Cus, Mike would use a Nightly Visualization Technique.

Before going to sleep every night Cus would come to Mike’s bedside and help him to Visualize Himself as an Elusive, Powerful, Heavyweight Champ that moved Faster than a Lightweight and Hit Harder than Any Other Heavyweight in boxing History.

“Iron Mike” would fall asleep with Visualizations and Dreams that he was Unstoppable, and he would wake up the next morning wanting to make sure that these Dreams Would, in Fact, Become A Reality.

Cus had Tyson Visualize himself as The Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of The World, a “Generational Fighter” that would become the greatest heavyweight boxer of All Time!

Cus turned Tyson’s Brain into a Virtual Reality Movie.

Cus was training Tyson twenty-four hours a day, punishing his body and testing his limits during the day, but then honing that Mental Resiliency in his Dreams while he was Sleeping.

Tyson’s Trainer “Cus” on “Affirmations Phrases”:
It became a form of Mental Programming before bedtime every night.

Affirmations (we call them “Power Phrases” when we customize them), like the Visualizations, were the other part of the Re-Programming Techniques Cus made Tyson “Internalize.”

Tyson would repeat various “Phrases” that were tied to his Visualized Goals.

Even when he was awake and training in the gym, Cus would repeat the same “Phrases” to Tyson.

They would Both Repeat to each other “Phrases” about “Being The Best”, “Being Unbeatable”, being the most “Unbelievable heavyweight boxer that This World had Ever Seen.”

Over the course of a few years, these “Phrases” were Ingrained into Tyson’s Head as Fact.

He had Set In His Mind a Prophecy that he was Meant To Fulfill.

He told himself that he was The Chosen One.

“Without that burning desire and innate hunger, it didn’t matter how much natural talent and physical prowess you had. Without that Mental Determination, you would never even scratch the surface of becoming A Great Fighter.”

“Fear is the Greatest Obstacle to Learning. But Fear is Your Best Friend. Fear is like Fire. If you learn to Control It you let it Work for You. If you do Not learn to control it, it Will Destroy You and Everything Around You. To see someone Beaten Not by a better opponent but By Themselves is a Tragedy.” — Cus D’Amato


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