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In the late 70s, I was trying to look at the part of the mental part of athletics, and the mental part of wrestling. The "why when you get really good sometimes you lose your fire?" So we had great workshops at Iowa one weekend and we had a lot of people come to it and it was a training camp and the guys had been guys in the world teams, Olympic teams, national champions, all these people. And we worked with this one guy, Dr. Haniotis, and we went around the room that I believe there were 21 or 22 of us and everybody went around and talked about their biggest fear. And basically after everybody talked, it basically came out that everybody has one of two fears; one is either the fear of failure, or fear of fatigue. And in some form or another you try to address this and one of the things that Dr. Haniotis was really good at talking about was that sometimes you use different words like fear of fatigue and fear of failure and you would think that guys that were on Olympic teams, or World teams, or already won World Championships…

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