08/01/2012 01:37 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Want to prep mentally for your sport, like the best Olympic athletes do? Try these 5 tips

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Some mental tricks from the experts on how to improve your game:

—While you execute a skilled movement like a free throw, keep your mind off the mechanics. Clear your head. Sing to yourself or think of a mantra such as "smooth" or "straight."

—Get used to pressure by practicing in front of an observer or a video camera.

—Find and stick to a routine or ritual that makes you comfortable.

—Set a time limit for how long you'll stew about a flub such as a bad golf shot. Then forget it and focus on the next action.

—Write down your anxieties about a big upcoming game. It's a little like downloading them so they're less likely to pop up during the event.