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: 5714

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: 4860

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: 2839

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.

Leadership Blind Spots and What To Do About Them

Author: Karen Blakeley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470512210

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 310

View: 8389

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.


The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061876720

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

View: 8643

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 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 and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

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: 7236

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: 371

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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: 6736

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: 2512

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: 6292

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 Corporate Athlete

How to Achieve Maximal Performance in Business and Life

Author: Jack L. Groppel,Jim Loehr

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471409786

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

View: 6925

"As Jack Groppel so aptly explains, the rigor of corporate athletics is often even more demanding than that of professional athletes. In my world, one does not have the luxury of an off-season. This book is a must-read for all those striving for the gold." -Arthur M. Blank, CEO and President, The Home Depot "Today's challenging business climate requires every top executive to be perfectly fit both mentally and physically. The Corporate Athlete is must reading for everyone who wants to manage his or her business, career, or profession effectively while living a balanced life. Buy it-it's a great investment." -Leonard Lauder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.

The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Author: Shane M. Murphy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199731764

Category: Medical

Page: 775

View: 5356

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.

Mastering Golf's Mental Game

Your Ultimate Guide to Better On-Course Performance and Lower Scores

Author: Dr. Michael T. Lardon,Matthew Rudy

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0553417924

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 9772

Perfect your mental approach to your game To be a golfer is to tinker—with everything from equipment to grip to swing. But one thing most players don’t give enough attention to is the mental game. Psychologists aren’t a new phenomenon in golf, but Dr. Michael Lardon is a different breed of performance coach. Instead of sending his players into a losing battle against emotion, indecision, and fear on the golf course, he shows them how to organize their thoughts and use them for maximum performance. His step-by-step Pre-Shot Pyramid provides any player with the ideal blueprint for shot setup. And his revolutionary Mental Scorecard will give you the tools to accurately measure what you really do on the golf course and how to make real, permanent improvements. You will learn the same techniques that Dr. Lardon shares with Phil Mickelson and dozens of other tour players, including the tools that helped Mickelson right himself after the 2012 U.S. Open to win the British Open a month later with a historic final round. Mastering Golf’s Mental Game will change the way you think about golf, and is a must-read for any player serious about shooting better scores and getting more enjoyment out of the game.


Individual Strategies for Optimal Performance

Author: Thompson, Kevin

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1450421237

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 6859

Pacing: Individual Strategies for Optimal Performance examines the science, strategies, and application of pacing in sports. Coaches, athletes, and students of sport will learn to assess, develop, and implement effective pacing strategies for 13 sports, including running, cycling, triathlon, soccer, and basketball.


Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life

Author: Garret Kramer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451688695

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 9187

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.

How Will You Measure Your Life? (Harvard Business Review Classics)

Author: Clayton M. Christensen

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1633692574

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 64

View: 3715

In the spring of 2010, Harvard Business School’s graduating class asked HBS professor Clay Christensen to address them—but not on how to apply his principles and thinking to their post-HBS careers. The students wanted to know how to apply his wisdom to their personal lives. He shared with them a set of guidelines that have helped him find meaning in his own life, which led to this now-classic article. Although Christensen’s thinking is rooted in his deep religious faith, these are strategies anyone can use. Since 1922, Harvard Business Review has been a leading source of breakthrough ideas in management practice. The Harvard Business Review Classics series now offers you the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world.

The Sport Psych Handbook

Author: Shane Murphy,Shane M. Murphy

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 9780736049047

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 350

View: 5479

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.

Peak Performance

Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success

Author: Brad Stulberg,Steve Magness

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1623367948

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 9513

"A transfixing book on how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout" —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." —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 capabilities—from athletic to intellectual and artistic—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.

Recovery for Performance in Sport

Author: Christophe Hausswirth,Iñigo Mujika

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1450434347

Category: Medical

Page: 281

View: 2756

"Recovery for Performance in Sport "encompasses the latest scientific research in the study of recovery and draws from the experience of applied sport scientists working with elite athletes in leading performance and recovery centers around the globe.