While many books out there provide a great deal of information and lessons by some of the world’s best practitioners, researchers, teachers, coaches, and performers, Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by Gary Mack and David Casstevens provides performers with a resource guide to jump into action and get to work on their mental game. Mack and Casstevens wanted to create a mental game resource with exercises, lessons, and questions for athletes and performers to work through, much like they work through their conditioning routine in the weight room. Over the next six blogs of this series we will explore what the inner game is, think about actually living out our performance dreams, creating a mind-set for success, and then finally getting into our performance zone. Our first blog focuses on getting started with the inner game.
In our work with student-athletes, we often hear about how fear, doubt, and self-judgement get in the way of optimal performance. Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life by Amy Baltzell, PhD, gives readers a variety of tools to prepare performers to think more effectively on the way to achieving big goals. Specifically, Baltzell discusses reconnecting with the joy, passion, and love for your sport or performance area in order to be your best. The book offers tools to build a championship approach, prepare for performance or competition, and how to approach competition day. Over the next six weeks, we will tackle different concepts and strategies to help you to find your sweet spot. In our first blog of this series, let’s discover what the sweet spot is.
Our next blog is on Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool’s book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. This book discusses the importance of deliberate practice in gaining skill in any area. Specifically, the authors offer suggestions on goal-setting, feedback, identifying patterns and motivation. Our first blog will discuss the authors’ perspective on goal setting.