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Mind Games. Inspirational Lessons from the World's Finest Sports Stars

  • ID: 2240310
  • Book
  • July 2006
  • Region: Global
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Life is a mind game. All your aspirations are played out in your head. All your relationships are shaped in your head. Even your career progression depends on your mental approach to the world.

Your mind dictates whether you fulfil your potential or live your life dreaming. In sport it can make the difference between winning and losing. Mind Games reveals the techniques the world s biggest sports stars use to cross the line first, score the most points and outwit their opponents.

Jeff Grout and Sarah Perrin draw on extensive first–hand experiences, identifying personal techniques used by coaches and athletes proven to have worked under the pressure of top–level competition. Get into the minds of sporting champions such as Matthew Pinsent, Ellen MacArthur, Nick Faldo, Sir Clive Woodward, Sally Gunnell, Jonny Wilkinson and Roger Black.

The lessons of these sporting heroes are applicable in any area of life, whether you want to be a better parent, achieve more at work or fulfil a lifelong ambition. The mind can be a great ally or a great obstacle. Mind Games shows how the sporting greats have harnessed its potential. Apply their lessons and you ll find a world of possibility opening up to you.

Life is a mind game. Success is in the head.
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Foreword by Sir Clive Woodward OBE.

About the Authors.



Part I: Personality Power.

Chapter 1: True Grit.

Chapter 2: I Believe!

Chapter 3: Positive Power.

Analysis I: Personality Power.

Part II: Motivational Matters.

Chapter 4: The Success Magnet.

Chapter 5: Fleeing Failure.

Chapter 6: Goals Galore.

Analysis II: Motivational Matters.

Part III: Mental Training.

Chapter 7: Mental Rehearsal.

Chapter 8: Anchors and Triggers.

Chapter 9: Preparing for Pressure.

Chapter 10: Review and Revise.

Chapter 11: Coaching Relationships.

Analysis III: Mental Training.

Part IV: Peak Performance.

Chapter 12: Nerve Control.

Chapter 13: The Rock of Routine.

Chapter 14: Positive Talk.

Chapter 15: Into the Zone.

Chapter 16: Focus and Refocus.

Analysis IV: Peak Performance.

Part V: Team Spirit.

Chapter 17: The Right Combination.

Chapter 18: Team Build–up.

Chapter 19: Team Talks.

Analysis V: Team Spirit.

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Jeff Grout is an adviser, commentator and columnist on the subjects of motivation, peak performance, people management, teamwork, recruitment and retention. He is also business manager to Sir Clive Woodward OBE, the former England Rugby Coach.

Sarah Perrin is a freelance journalist and writer, contributing regularly to business and professional magazines. She is co–author of Kickstart Your Career and Recruiting Excellence, and author of The Guardian Careers Guide to Accountancy. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner, a technique increasingly used by sporting champions.
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