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Elite athletes behave and practice much differently than average athletes. The study of elite athletes had led us to some startling conclusions about how to create better athletes, or become a better athlete ourselves.

The main differences are the way elite athletes use visualization, and their practice habits. Rather than just using their imagination, they actually 'travel in time' and they inhabit the body of their future selves fully. Using the power of the mind, they teach themselves how to perform in the future moment during a game scenario.

When it comes to practice, great athletes always practice with purpose. They use 'deliberate practice' 100% of the time, to make the most of their training regimen, and advance more quickly than other players.

One of the most competitive sports in the world is cycling. A very accessible and simple sport, requiring relatively little thinking or strategy, the real competition in cycling is against yourself.

The motivation to grind out a more and more intense training schedule is what drives athletes to greatness is cycling, so a lot can be learned about motivation for practice and training from the world's best cyclists.

Watch this video to learn the best ways to motivate yourself to train for cycling, which can be applied to any sport, of course. A cyclist's motivation will take you far for your preparation for any other sport.