Author Mike Margolies helps readers find inner athletes
August 7, 2012
By Katie Larsen
One man’s years of expertise is featured in “The Athlete Within You: A Mental Approach to Sports and Business.” Issaquah resident Mike Margolies wrote the book to provide skill sets to achieve dreams.
Margolies said he wanted to write a sports psychology book with stories that showcased the themes of his book.
“For a long time, I didn’t think I could be a writer,” he said. “Writing is hard. It took me a long time to find my voice that would engage people.”
The book was just made available for Kindle through Amazon.
Margolies has worked with thousands of athletes at all levels, in many different sports.
“It’s basically my journey working with athletes, with stories about how to achieve your dreams,” he said. “Everything we learn in the world of sports is relevant to business.”
He said that using the principles of sports psychology — confidence, stress management and self-motivation — will help people achieve their dreams. Instead of basic lectures, Margolies tells stories as an example of how different skill sets have helped others, something he finds more effective than just speaking about the skill sets themselves.
“People can improve their performance in anything they want by acquiring these skill sets,” he said. “If sport is 80 to 90 percent mental, then these are skill sets you can learn.”
Margolies also said it is important to emotionalize goals because if a person connects all their senses to them, it really makes them real. And it’s not just about the end result, but the entire road getting there.
Margolies knows the struggle of athletics. He quit sports because he didn’t think he could do it, which in turn helps him consult other athletes who don’t have confidence, like he also did not.
“If we think we have limitations, then we do,” he said. “I quit not because I couldn’t play, but because I didn’t think I could play.”
He now consults with high school and college athletes, and conducts workshops and speeches about getting your mind in the game. He has coached athletes on all levels, including the Olympics. He said the volleyball coach for the U.S. Olympic team has added psychological training.
“They are doing it at the highest level,” he said. “It’s almost insane we aren’t doing it at the high school level.”
Margolies has made a point in not name-dropping athletes’ names that he’s worked with, a habit he formed early on in his career. But he said he is currently working with a hockey team in Wyoming, the Cheyenne Stampede, via Skype.
“If you use your imagination on your ideas, that’s how you create, link all things together and you find how to do what you want,” he said.
Margolies plans to write more books; the next will be a workbook to accompany his first. He said that he left things out of “The Athlete Within You” which will be beneficial to readers, and he will work them into the workbook.