Lanny Bassham is one of my favorite teachers.
He’s an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion rifle shooter. He won a silver medal after having what he calls a “mental meltdown” in the 1972 Olympics. Then he spent several hours a day for the next couple years talking to every gold medalist he could find about how they were THINKING while they were performing at such an elite level. In the next Olympics in 1976, Lanny won the gold and then began teaching his “Mental Management System®.”
Since then, he’s coached Olympic teams from all around the world (including Great Britain, Canada, India, Japan, The Republic of China, Korea, Australia and the United States). He’s also worked with the Navy SEALs, Fortune 500 businesses, the PGA and its players and other elite performers in sports and business.
He boiled decades of wisdom into his fantastic book . He and I connected for an interview and I’ve been personally practicing many of his ideas for years. So… When we decided to create our Optimize 2020 event, Lanny was on the top of my list of people I wanted to be there so a) I could give him a thank you in person and b) we can share his wisdom with you.
I reached out. We had an amazing chat. (He’s on!) That’s when I heard about his latest book—this one. He sent me a copy. I read it the next day. It’s AWESOME. And, well, here we are.
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas and, as always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!