"This book is about coaching people who matter to you -- which in its essence means reaching, informing, and motivating them, to help them reach their full potential"--
Coaching the Mental Game
Author: H. A. Dorfman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Whoever claims winning isn't everything obviously has not spoken with an athletic coach.Coaching the Mental Game offers coaches of all sports a definitive volume for effectively understanding an athlete's mental awareness, which in turn will help drive success. Author H.A. Dorfman details appropriate coaching strategies aimed at perfecting the player's mental approach to performance. Coaching the Mental Game will become the Bible for coaches who strive to make their athletes the most complete performers possible. Not only a wonderful asset to athletic coaches, this book will also prove to be a motivational resource for workers in all industries as well as in the game of life.
A memoir of the early days of independence in Zimbabwe, recalled by a Quaker working in a Jesuit mission.
Author: Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
Publisher: Rodale Books
"A transfixing book on how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout" â€”Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Option B, Originals, and Give and Take "An essential playbook for success, happiness, and getting the most out of ourselves." Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution "I doubt anyone can read Peak Performance without itching to apply something to their own lives." â€”David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and writer who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how you can achieve your best. The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilitiesâ€”from athletic to intellectual and artisticâ€”with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which you can learn how to enhance your performance via myriad ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity; and developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose. In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches you on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" may be, Peak Performance will teach you how.
Features suggestions and mind exercises to help athletes in many sports, including cycling, golf, running, swimming, tennis, and weightlifting.
Find flow and reach peak performanceâ€”in sports and in life. Based on the groundbreaking Still Quiet Place mindfulness program, this workbook provides practical, step-by-step exercises and skills to help you gain present-moment awareness and achieve your athletic goals. Are you looking for unique ways to "get into the game"? To enhance your training and find focus? You arenâ€™t alone. Increasingly, athletes and coachesâ€”from amateur leagues to professional football champs to Olympic athletesâ€”are incorporating mindfulness practices into their training. Thatâ€™s because mindfulness can help you lower your stress levels, connect with the moment, and mentally bounce back after setbacks. So whether you're a sports enthusiast or a professional athlete, mindfulness can also help you deal with physical aspects of training, such as fatigue, aches, pains, injury, burnout, and exhaustion. Written by holistic physician, mindfulness coach, and long-time athlete Amy Saltzman, this practical workbook offers mindfulness-based skills you can use any time throughout your athletic career, as well as in daily life. Youâ€™ll discover what the author fondly refers to as the â€śstill quiet place,â€ť and from the vantage point of that stillness, youâ€™ll be able to observe your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensationsâ€”before and during practice and competition, between events, after a miss or significant loss, or exhilarating win. Youâ€™ll also find skills for dealing effectively with teammates and coaches, as well as skills for coaching mindfully. A parents guide is also included. No matter what sport you play, 90 percent of performance is mental. With this workbook as your guide, you can use mindfulness to enhance your training, competitive performance, and your life beyond athletics.
Author: John Joseph Murphy
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Pulling Together is a fantastic guide for leaders from all walks of life. In it you will learn about the 10 Rules for High Performance Teamwork. They're simple, yet so important! It's not only about leading a team, but also being a part of one. The 10 rules are presented in a way that every person in your organization can understand. Use this book to clarify expectations and foster accountability, build more focus, unity, trust and credibility with your team, align people and systems, mobilize commitment and generate enthusiasm. Here's your chance to create more balance and harmony within your team.
8 Ways to Great
Author: Doug Hirschhorn
Read Dr. Doug Hirschhorn's posts on the Penguin Blog. Discover the success secrets of top performers who thrive in today's toughest frontline corporate jobs Hard-hitting and pragmatic, Hirschhorn's no-nonsense advice has inspired thousands via his lectures, one-on-one coaching, and media appearances. But 8 Ways to Great goes beyond inspiration to provide the practical tools that anyone can use-no matter what their profession or personal goals-to break through self-defeating behaviors and deluded thinking to truly excel. 1. Let your true passion be your core motivation. 2. Develop self-awareness and use what you know about both your strengths and weaknesses. 3. Set goals and game plans-and learn to love this process, because it is all about the process. 4. Identify your competitive advantage-what sets you apart and what will turn the odds in your favor. 5. Develop inner confidence that keeps you from judging yourself based on other's standards and expectations. 6. Keep your cool-and don't let emotions dictate your decisions. 7. Take risks yet act intelligently with imperfect information. 8. Be accountable.
Create More Flow
Author: Camille Preston
From the Desk of the How-To Junkie for the "Peak Performance Junkie": Howdy friend, who wants "to push yourself to the limit to perform at your best when it matters," What if I were to tell you that you could enhance your performance in any area of your life right now at will? How? First off, if you want to achieve anything worthwhile, you have to absolutely be on top of your A-game; however, not all of us can sustain our very best all the time. Whenever there is any sign of struggle or setback making you want to quit, that is when your limit is truly being tested. You can either give up...or push yourself past that threshold into a new peak mental state you never knew you had before, surprising even yourself. Let's be honest, we all just want to relax and take things easy, especially during hardships where much-needed efforts are required; hence, we are lazy by nature. Yet do you deny that? OK fine, if you had a choice, which one would you opt for a.) soaking up sun on the beach in the Caribbean to the endless cocktails to your heart's content b.) returning to work Monday morning to the endless tasks ready to sink your teeth into? The answer is obvious. Is all this because of a lack of energy, mental toughness, or motivation causing poor performances? Whatever the issue is, it no longer matters because what I'm about to show you will put you into a state of mental-hyperactive overdrive to perform at your peak when it really counts. This is none other than the "Peak Performance Junkie." By being a "Peak Performance Junkie," you will know: * How to always push past your limits when you need to the most where failure is not an option. * How to condition yourself to create new threshold limits to level up your performance each time. * How to incite enthusiasm to increase efficiency and effectiveness to perform being in the zone. *How to physically stimulate your whole being and pump up your energy level whenever you are tired. * How to use this one powerful mental hack to trick your mind to keep working non-stop relentlessly. ...and full-satisfied junkie more. If you want to excel at whatever you do, you need to learn how to trigger and channel your own inner peak performance whenever you need to. Push yourself further than you ever thought possible now! Signing off. Your friend, - The How-To Junkie
A complete and easy-to-follow guide for inspiring every athlete with the proven power of growth mindset Whether youâ€™re a coach, trainer or athelete, growth mindset has changed the game. Itâ€™s helping everyone from little leaguers to professionals reach their full potential. The perfect complement to a physical training regimen, this book shows how to use growth mindset to overcome plateaus and achieve peak performance. With proven strategies and step-by-step examples, this practical handbook shows how to implement growth mindset starting today. The program is based on SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals and offers a range of powerful techniques, including how to: â€˘ Use visualization for game-day success â€˘ Turn losses into learning opportunities â€˘ Improve coach-athlete communication â€˘ Build trust among teammates â€˘ Stretch athletes beyond their comfort zone â€˘ Train with different personalities and ages
Author: Rick Peterson, Judd Hoekstra
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Thrive under Pressure! Nobody knows pressure like a major league baseball pitcherâ€”an entire game can rest on a single pitch. For years, Rick Peterson has helped some of baseball's finest excel in this kind of intense situation. In Crunch Time, he and leadership expert Judd Hoekstra share Rick's secret. It's called reframingâ€”it enables you to see a pressure situation with a new perspective so that it shifts from a threat that can make you panic to an opportunity for you to shine. Rick and Judd offer six powerful reframing strategies, with fascinating behind-the-scenes examples from Rick's work with some of the top names in sports. Learn how elite athletes perform their best under pressure and how you too can perform and be your best when it matters most.
Author: Brett Bartholomew
In the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others-not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally-is paramount to getting the most out of them. People are the ultimate performance variable, and understanding how to effectively blend knowledge of proper training with the nuances of human behavior is integral to helping athletes achieve their ultimate goals. Unfortunately, while much attention has been given to the science of physical training, little attention has been given to the science of communication. Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In bridges this gap. Readers learn the foundational principles of improving relationships, enhancing engagement, and gaining the trust of athletes through targeted communication. And, every bit as important, readers also learn concrete strategies to apply these principles in day-to-day coaching situations they will inevitably encounter. The result is a game-changing book that sets the stage for coaches to create a culture of success not only within sport, but also beyond. Conscious Coaching is a movement and its time has come.
Author: Fergus Connolly, Phil White
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
Team sports like football, basketball, soccer, and rugby are hugely popular the world over, on both college and professional levels, and such popularity means that they are big business. Very big. Broadcasting rights alone bring in billions: ESPN paid $5.6 billion to broadcast college football playoffs for twelve years; Turner Sports/CBS shelled out $10.4 billion to show the national college basketball tournament through 2024; and the most recent NBA TV deal came in at a cool $26.4 billion. As the rewards for winning have increased, it's no surprise that sports team budgets have followed suit. Sure, the athletic program at the University of Texas brought in $161 million last year, but the Longhorns also spent $154 million over the same period. Fifteen other college athletics program also racked up over $100 million in annual expenses. But thatâ€™s child's play compared to the outgoings at the world's most valuable soccer team, Manchester United, which spent more than $500 million in 2015. The trouble is that all this spending often fails to yield better results. Teams in all sports have tried just about every gimmick to "hack" their way to better performance. But as they've gotten stuck in stats, mired in backroom politics, and diverted by the facilities arms race, many have lost sight of what should've been their primary focus all along: the game itself. In Game Changer, Fergus Connolly shows how to improve performance with evidence-based analysis and athlete-focused training. Through his unprecedented experiences with teams in professional football, basketball, rugby, soccer, Aussie Rules, and Gaelic football, as well as with elite military units, Connolly has discovered how to break down the common elements in all sports to their basic components so that each moment of any game can be better analyzed, whether you're a player or a coach. The lessons of game day then can be used to create valuable learning experiences in training, evaluate the quality of your teamâ€™s performance, and home in on whatâ€™s working and what isnâ€™t. Game Changer also shows you how to expand training focus from players' physical qualities to also advance athletes technically, tactically, and psychologically. His TTPP Model not only helps players continually progress but also stops treating them like a disposable commodity and instead prioritizes athlete health. Bringing together the latest evidence-based practices and lessons from business, psychology, biology, and many other fields, Game Changer is the first book of its kind that helps coaches, athletes, and casual fans: â€˘ Create a cohesive game plan that improves performance through defined objectives, strategies, and tactics â€˘ Put statistical analysis and technology into context so teams can bypass the hype and get meaningful results â€˘ Identify dominant qualities to maximize during training and limiting factors to improve â€˘ Create realistic, immersive learning experiences for individual players and the entire team that deliver defined outcomes â€˘ Structure player development with a new, holistic model that puts athlete health first and helps reduce the chance of injury and burnout â€˘ Balance training load so that all players are fresh and ready to play at their best in competition â€˘ Rethink coaching and organizational leadership and enhance communication, group dynamics, and player interaction â€˘ Create a winning team culture.
Author: Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
â€śThis book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.â€ťâ€”Seth Godin, author of Linchpin â€śAnyone who wants to get better at anything should read [Peak]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericssonâ€™s research focuses on the real world, and he explains in detail, with examples, how all of us can apply the principles of great performance in our work or in any other part of our lives.â€ťâ€”Fortune Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericssonâ€™s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you. â€śThe science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day.â€ťâ€”Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code â€śEricssonâ€™s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world.â€ťâ€”Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein