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Fight Your Fear and Win: Seven Skills for Performing Your Best Under Pressure--At Work, In Sports, On Stage Paperback – February 12, 2002
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Greene uses each chapter to tell a story or two about a client--ranging from Olympic athletes to professional musicians to SWAT teams--whose fear scenarios provide a steppingstone for analyzing the seven skills mentioned above (determination, etc). He then quite eloquently describes how fear attempts to thwart each particular skill, and offers clear methods for retaliating ("centering down" to counteract ineffective nervous energy, or using anger constructively to develop resilience). The eight appendices outline his three-week prescription for mastering each skill, plus the key for scoring the skills survey. While his occasional military references and sports analogies offer glimpses into his commando training and sports psychology background, Greene never comes off as a stony General nor as a hyped cheerleader. Rather, his graceful writing style is rich with humor, candor, and valuable information. Forgivably cocky at times ("Nobody in the world has done as much as I have to bring out people's best"), Greene simply knows his stuff and--to the reader's benefit--presents it beautifully. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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EDIT 12/11/07: I'm surprised to read this glowing review, given that now more than two years later, I can barely recall the substance of the book. Which is NOT to diminish the value of the book, but merely presents me with an opportunity to remind myself that mindsets of 10, 20, 30 years do not shift permanently merely by reading and even being inspired by a book.
This book hasn't (YET!) had the impact that it might have, because I borrowed it from the public library, read it closely, had my "aha!" moments, then dutifully returned it on time and proceeded to forget all about it as I went about the everyday challenges of my everyday life.
You MUST put structures in place to consistently reinforce the lessons, and take specific actions to help ground you in your new way of approaching whatever challenges are significant for you. All the "insights" in the world won't mean a thing unless you take responsibility for consciously applying them to your real life: notice when your self-sabotaging mindset is determining your actions; make a choice to re-assess the situation in light of the new information and insights; choose to take a different, more empowering action than the one you're naturally inclined to.
You can't shift your consciousness until you choose to be CONSCIOUS... and CONSCIENTIOUS!
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An excellent guide on how to function better in arenas that require high focus. Have bought this book for multiple friends as gifts. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Rand Holdren
Would have rated higher, but the centering exercise is still too complicated for me to do. Would recommend for self help.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Guru
Have not finished reading it therefore could not give it 5 stars although it appears headed in that direction.Published 23 months ago by sfofreddie
Excellent writing that helps with performance anxieties, or any other fears. After reading the whole book, I am slowly going back over it page by page. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Mary G. Connolly
This starts off with very serious self assessment testing, and allows you to work on the things that undermine your life-performance across the board. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by olmamma
I purchased this after Audition Success and Practice Success (all three in paperback... would do the Kindle editions today.) I didn't like the title. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by D Baarns
This is a book that you will have to refer to time and again, as the valuable info should be a constant reminder.Published on May 23, 2013 by P. Duffey