""When I'm focused, there is not one single thing, person, anything
that can stand in the way of my doing something. There is not. If I
want something bad enough, I feel I'm gonna get there.""
Michael Phelps is one of the greatest competitors the world has
ever seen. From teen sensation in Sydney to bona fide phenom in
Athens, he is now -- after the Beijing Games -- a living Olympic
legend. With an unprecedented eight gold medals and world-record
times in seven events, his performance at the 2008 Games set a new
standard for success. He ranks among the most elite athletes in the
world, and is both an inspiration and a role model to millions. The
incredible focus he exhibits in practice and during competition
propels him forward to his unrivaled excellence. In "No Limits,"
Michael Phelps reveals the secrets to his remarkable success, from
his training regimen to his mental preparation and, finally, to his
performance in the pool.
Behind Phelps's tally of Olympic gold medals lies a consistent
approach to competition, a determination to win, and a
straightforward passion for his sport. Like Michael Jordan and
Tiger Woods, he has learned to filter out distractions and deliver
stellar performance under pressure. The road has not always been
easy; from the very beginning, Phelps had to overcome physical
setbacks and emotional trials. When he was younger, he was
diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; other kids
bullied him; even a teacher said he would never be successful.
Later, he had to work through injuries that jeopardized his career.
In this book, Phelps talks for the first time about how he has
overcome these and other challenges - about how to develop the
mental attitude needed to persevere, not just in athletic
competition but in life.
His success is imbued with the perspective of overcoming the
obstacles that come your way and believing in yourself no matter
"No Limits" explores the hard work, commitment, and sacrifice
that go into reaching any goal. Whether it is on the starting block
during an Olympic swim meet or in the weight room on a typical day,
Phelps's dedication has led him to unparalleled excellence. Filled
with anecdotes from family members, friends, teammates, and his
coach, "No Limits" gives a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of
a real champion. One of Phelps's mottos is "Performance Is
Reality," and it typifies his attitude toward achieving his goals.
It's easy to get bogged down by doubt or to lose focus when a
challenge seems out of reach, but Phelps believes that you can
accomplish anything if you fully commit yourself to it. Using the
eight final swims of the Beijing Olympics as a model, "No Limits"
is a step-by-step guide to realizing one's dream.
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