In the Zone

Achieving Optimal Performance in Business-- as in Sports

Author: J. Mitchell Perry,Steve Jamison

Publisher: JM Perry Learning Technolog

ISBN: 9780809231959

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 204

View: 8594

Like a runner hitting a stride or an athlete on a winning streak, there are times when everything falls into place. This compelling book reveals how the nation's most effective coaches, athletes, and teams use mental techniques to reach an optimal performance level and how these techniques can be translated in the business environment. Photos & illustrations.

Finding Your Zone

Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life

Author: Michael Lardon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 144063162X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 3870

The first research-based program to offer concise, clear ways to realize your best performance. As a therapist, physician, and mental coach, Dr. Michael Lardon has dedicated his career to helping athletes understand and better achieve peak performance. In Finding Your Zone, he shares with readers what he?s discovered about reaching the state in which ?thoughts and actions are occurring in complete synchronicity,? and how this state is accessible to all, not just the few. In ten key lessons?illustrated by personal anecdotes from his clients?Lardon teaches readers how to access the zone not only in sports but in all aspects of their lives, by understanding how to: ? Transform desire into will ? Channel emotions to victory ? Trust instincts and keep it simple ? Conquer fear through acceptance ? Perform under pressure

The Psychology of Executive Coaching

Theory and Application

Author: Bruce Peltier

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781583910726

Category: Psychology

Page: 263

View: 4713

Many practitioners struggle to find ways to blend their skills with the corporate environment. This title provides practical skills and applications for mental health professionals who want to break into the field of executive coaching.

Get Into the Zone

The Essential Guide to High Performance Through Mental Training

Author: Kate Allgood

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781511873543


Page: 102

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"Every single day that you wait to start training your mind, is a day that your competition is leaving you further and further in the dust, and one day they will have moved so far ahead that you'll simply be unable to keep up."Do you know why some people not only succeed but seem to thrive in high pressured situations, while others seem to struggle? Kate Allgood built her business helping high performing athletes and business professionals just like you learn what it takes to perform under pressure, and she is sharing her best tips and tricks with you in this ground-breaking book. In this book you'll discover: - The biggest reasons why people FAIL to perform under pressure- Why mental training is important and necessary to achieving success- Simple exercises you can implement to help get you "in the zone"- The power of imagery and how to increase self confidence- And much, much, more!"I highly recommend this book to any athlete that has the desire to become a more complete, well-rounded, high performance athlete" - Todd Erskine, Toronto Blue Jays Coordinator of Baseball Programs for Jays Care Foundation"I feel very fortunate I had a chance to work with Kate during my career. Selfishly, I wish Kate came into my life at an earlier time." - Geoff Geary, retired Major League Pitcher

Leadership Blind Spots and What To Do About Them

Author: Karen Blakeley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470512210

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 310

View: 8349

Knowledge is built from personal experience and coloured by our needs and values. It follows that all knowledge is personal and incomplete. We all suffer from ‘blind spots’. But when leaders have them, it matters. To guide people on a journey of continuous learning, understanding and adapting to events as they occur, leaders must overcome their own blind spots and those of their organization. Any leader who implements the practices outlined in this book will immediately improve their ability to perform in today’s competitive global environment. Karen Blakeley provides in-depth analysis of how leaders learn on the job - and what gets in the way. Most importantly she offers a systematic approach for accelerating leaders’ learning capacity - and maximising their performance potential.

Power Your Golf Game with Mental Skills for Golf

Jim Andrews, PhD - Sports Psychology Coach

Author: Jim Andrews PhD

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483510468

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 25

View: 8449

Power Your Golf Game with Mental Skills for Golf by Jim Andrews, PhD is about Performance Psychology for Sports and Corporate Application. Performance Psychology studies the behavioral factors that influence and enhance performance in the sports and business competitive environment. It targets learning the skills and abilities for a player to achieve optimal performance, personal development, and well-being throughout his or her lifespan. Performance enhancement helps the coach, the team, or the organization and its leaders, managers, and teams. The Performance Psychology approach tailors assessment, skill training, implementation, and evaluation to individuals’ or teams’ specific needs. Implementation targets two main areas: Performance Management The skills to optimize one’s own and others’ performance in the competitive environment include: • Self-Confidence • Goal Setting • Motivation • Pressure Inoculation • Mental Rehearsal Self-Regulation The skills to regulate oneself, or to teach self-regulation to others, in a demanding environment. These skills include: • Self-Awareness • Stress Management • Thought Control • Attention/Concentration Control • Attitude Regulation • Anger Management Benefits Learn mental skills and strategies that refine, improve and enhance performance. Learn the mental skills and abilities to achieve optimal performance, personal development, and well-being throughout one’s lifespan Samples of Individual Clinics Clinic One: Self-Confidence, Goal Setting and Motivation, and Designing Self-Confidence When self-confidence is lacking, everything is an effort. You doubt yourself; you hesitate, get frustrated, and get angry. Wouldn’t it be nice to design self-confidence rather than let it be elusive? Clinic Two: Tension Management and Pressure Management There are optimal levels of tension necessary for peak performance: Too little tension creates a loss of focus; too much tension creates a narrowness of focus – and both types of tension are harmful to performance. Tension can be managed to produce the optimal level for peak performance. Clinic Three: Mental Rehearsal and Strategies Visualization has many forms and several uses. The best way to think about visualization? Use your imagination to “Mentally Rehearse.” Mental rehearsal is the process where you imagine your shot in whatever way you can: an image, a feeling, or a thought. If you can use all three in the correct sequence (a “Ritual Strategy”), it is most powerful. Use it to practice your swing in your head, pre- shot shaping, and desensitization to pressure situations. Practicing in your head requires a subjective mental rehearsal of your successful stroke and is 80% as effective as real practice. Clinic Four: Thought Control, Attention, and Concentration Control Imagine being on the first tee and saying to yourself, “Don’t hit it in the water.” The mind doesn’t hear the negative (“don’t”); instead, the mind hears only the outcome or the object. Therefore, you have to keep positive outcomes in mind, not only in your visualizations but also in your use of thoughts and especially language. This clinic teaches the use of positive outcomes in thoughts, language, and visualizations. Clinic Five: Surge and Recover through Self Coaching Self-coaching teaches you how to surge when you are in the zone and how to recover quickly when you are heading downward. It is the ability to catch the cues of moving into less-effective performance and to quickly recover to the optimal performance zone. What are the cues? They can be variations in muscle tension and breathing, thought and language usage, or changes in ritual strategies, visualization, and focus. You need to recover quickly when you catch the cues. Dr. Jim Andrews Clinics are available worldwide.

Welcome To The Zone

Peak Performance Redefined

Author: Scott Ford

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 147870652X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 195

View: 4499

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The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Author: Shane M. Murphy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199731764

Category: Medical

Page: 775

View: 6130

The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology describes current research findings in the study of human performance: what makes performance excellent and what can go wrong? For the first time in one volume, experts from all fields of performance are brought together, covering domains including sports, the performing arts, business, executive coaching, the military, and other applicable, high-risk professions.


The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061876720

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

View: 6852

THE BESTSELLING CLASSIC ON 'FLOW' – THE KEY TO UNLOCKING MEANING, CREATIVITY, PEAK PERFORMANCE, AND TRUE HAPPINESS Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi ("the leading researcher into ‘flow states’" —Newsweek) demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness, unlock our potential, and greatly improve the quality of our lives. "Explores a happy state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity." —Time

The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Author: Shane M. Murphy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199731764

Category: Medical

Page: 775

View: 2446

The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology describes current research findings in the study of human performance: what makes performance excellent and what can go wrong? For the first time in one volume, experts from all fields of performance are brought together, covering domains including sports, the performing arts, business, executive coaching, the military, and other applicable, high-risk professions.

The Athlete Within You

A Mental Approach to Success in Sports and Business

Author: Mike Margolies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615507989

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 166

View: 3173

When it comes to being successful how well are you playing the Game within the Game? Want to be a World-Class Athlete in your business and personal pursuits? The same core principles (e.g. Motivation, Confidence, Relaxation, Visualization) that make stars of committed athletes, apply to developing true business acumen and success. Do you understand the difference between external and internal motivation? Do you know how to apply the right kind of focus to achieve goals? Do you have what it takes to stay the course in the tough spots and in the 11th hour? Ultimately, if we are too succeed with more control and under stress, we must learn that it is more important to be able to push our own button, than to rely on others to do it for us. Mental self-mastery has been the focus of Mike Margolies work as a coach, counselor, teacher, trainer, sport psychology and performance consultant for over 30 years. Athletes from professional football to elite level figure skating and every sport in between have been seeking out Mike Margolies as the Sport Psychology and Performance Consultant he is for over three decades for his expertise in helping them become masters of the mental game. He was training professional and elite athletes before he was twenty-two and has helped guide many to world championships and even the Superbowl. In the last 35 years, Mike has coached almost 2000 athletes, taught at four Universities and completed research at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. "By finding the inner athlete in all of us, whether we're on the field or court, on the mountain, in the water, or simply in the boardroom, Mike challenges athletes, sports enthusiasts and entrepreneurs alike to find their inner game and strive for their personal best. Knowledge, teamwork, focus, and determination, are definitely what it takes to compete in today's rapidly evolving business climate. Survival of the fittest is the mantra for best business practices as well as athletes. Steven Kinsbursky, President Kinsbursky Brothers Inc." Beyond working with high-level athletes, Mike has helped nationally recognized companies build great sales and project teams with the help of the same types of strategies he has used in working with sports teams. "The Athlete within You" is for all of the athletes and businesses out there working to achieve more, by using psychological skills training for success. Mastering the Mental Game is what it takes and what this book is all about. Mike Margolies can be found at, Twitter @TheMentalGame and on Facebook. Edited by: Deborah Drake Cover by: Jon Knight

Flow in Sports

Author: Susan A. Jackson,Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 9780880118767

Category: Education

Page: 183

View: 1701

Describes how athletes reach a high level of performance in which they feel perfectly attuned toward their sport

The Rise of Superman

Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1477800832

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 234

View: 8810

Using years of research and interviews with adventure sports athletes, the New York Times best-selling author of Abundance and A Small, Fury Prayer attempts to unlock the secrets to ultimate human performance and the state of consciousness called “flow." 25,000 first printing.

The Art of Learning

An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

Author: Josh Waitzkin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743277465

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 265

View: 5049

An eight-time national chess champion and world champion martial artist shares the lessons he has learned from two very different competitive arenas, identifying key principles about learning and performance that readers can apply to their life goals. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Emotional Equations

Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success

Author: Chip Conley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145160727X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

View: 3928

“An invaluable operating manual,” says Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO and author of Delivering Happiness. Using brilliantly simple logic that illuminates the universal truths in common emotional challenges, popular motivational speaker and bestselling author Chip Conley has written “a fresh, original guide to an authentic and fulfilling life.”* With a foreword by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and author of Delivering Happiness When Chip Conley, dynamic author of the bestselling Peak, suffered a series of devastating personal and professional setbacks, he began using what he came to call “Emotional Equations” (such as Joy = Love - Fear) to help him focus on the variables in life that he could handle, rather than dwelling on the parts he couldn’t, such as the bad economy, death, and taxes. Using brilliantly simple logic that illuminates the universal truths in common emotional challenges, Emotional Equations offers a way to identify the elements in our lives that we can change, those we can’t, and how to better understand our emotions so they can help us . . . rather than hurt us. Equations like “Despair = Suffering - Meaning” and “Happiness = Wanting What You Have ÷ Having What You Want” have been reviewed for mathematical and psychological accuracy by experts. Now Conley tells his own comeback story and those of other resilient people and inspiring role models who have worked through emotional equations in their own lives. Emotional Equations arms you with practical strategies for turbulent times.

The Sport Psych Handbook

Author: Shane Murphy,Shane M. Murphy

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 9780736049047

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 350

View: 5466

The Sport Psych Handbook makes significant performance improvement possible through training the mind to parallel the body's enhanced development. Experts covering each facet of the mental game present research-based, field-tested approaches to enhance individual and team performance. More specifically, this comprehensive guide will give athletes breakthrough methods to do the following: optimize inner drive for training and competition; maintain emotional and mental control for unwavering focus; improve communication skills for better leadership and teamwork; and avoid and overcome slumps, injuries, and other challenges to a successful season.

The Business Olympian

Overcoming hurdles in todays business environment

Author: Gavin Freeman

Publisher: Business Olympian

ISBN: 1920997091

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 150

View: 3241

The Business Olympian lets you in on the secrets of sports psychology that Gavin has developed for elite athletes to achieve their peak performance. Discover how you can adopt the same mental strategies and skills that Olympians use so you too can reach your full potential in your business and personal life. Learn how to: § discover your personal emotional profile § discover your own preferred learning style § discover your individual zone of optimal functioning § stay focused and in the moment § set objectives § motivate yourself and stay motivated § use imagery and visualisation § and much more … The Business Olympian gives you real-life examples of just how important mental skills are in the elite levels of the sporting world and then shows you how to transfer these skills into your business or personal life.


Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life

Author: Garret Kramer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451688695

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 5208

Unlock the keys to happiness and freedom, fuel performance, and achieve excellence in sports and in life with the clarity of stillpower—finding the ultimate zone within. What if everything you’ve been taught about performance is wrong? When the going gets tough, stillpower—not will power—is the best response. For years, athletes, coaches, parents, and organizations have searched for the secrets to optimum mental performance. Stillpower offers a simple, revolutionary, yet dynamic, approach for the future. Stillpower uses real-life examples to explore such questions as: What is “the zone” and what must we do (or not do) to get there? Why do we need to understand the difference between insight and intellect? Is goal setting really useful? Why doesn’t willpower work? And why do the best mentors focus on a person’s state of mind and not behavior? Virtually all of us—athletes and non-athletes alike—are looking outside of ourselves, trying to find the secret to success. Stillpower encourages us to look within to finally find the answers.

Dance in the End Zone

The Business Owner's Exit Planning Playbook

Author: Patrick Ungashick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781610053655


Page: 198

View: 5338

On November 18, 1973, wide receiver Elmo Wright scored a touchdown and became the first professional football player to dance in the end zone. You don't have to be a sports fan to feel the emotions and celebration of a really good end zone dance. Interviewed more than thirty years later, Elmo Wright said, "I've accomplished a lot in my life, but what happened in the end zone is what defines my career." If you own a business, you have something in common with Elmo. Business success may have already brought personal satisfaction and financial rewards. But what happens at your inevitable exit--in your end zone--likely defines your career. An exit that falls short can cause financial disappointment, family strife, or low self-esteem. Success at exit is the crowning achievement of a career, fulfillment of financial and family dreams, or the start of your business legacy. Dance in the End Zone will change your perceptions. Exit planning is not about some distant transaction but rather making decisions today that build a better business and position for your success. The book reveals the Seven End Zone Questions, provides more than fifty tools and tactics--the plays for your Exit Planning Playbook--and shares the real--world stories of dozens of business owners like you. Whether your ideal exit is soon or many years from now, this is a must-read to one day dance in the end zone.