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Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life Paperback – April 16, 2011
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About the Author
Amy L Baltzell, Ed.D. directs the sport psychology program and is a professor in the School of Education at Boston University. Her academic credentials include a bachelor's degree in economics from Wesleyan University of Connecticut (1987), a master's in counselling (1996) from Boston University, and a doctorate in counselling psychology, specialising in sport psychology, from Boston University in 1999.
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I do energy work with dancers for peak performance and liked how this book focusses not just on the ambition to win but on the overall wellness of the competitors.
It did not quite live up to its subtitle since it was really mostly about athletes and not much about "Life" and, other than a few musicians, not at all about other performers, like dancers or actors.
- A breadth of research-based concepts and information.
- Specific insights from Dr. Baltzell's personal experiences including her own experiences and successes as an elite athlete and in her sport psychology practice.
- Practical exercises, strategies, and techniques to put it all to use.
Living in the Sweet Spot starts with foundational 'building blocks' that set a solid mental and emotional foundation. Day to day concepts, strategies, and exercises are included to prepare the reader to put their own optimal performance in motion; leading all the way up to the day of performance. The book is well organized and will keep you engaged throughout the read. Dr. Baltzell ties it all together by connecting with the reader through the personable and empowering style in which this book is written.
This is a unique book in that Dr. Baltzell makes the connection between aspects of positive psychology and performance enhancement. This book was a true joy to read; Dr. Baltzell clearly has envisioned and formulated a useful, insightful, and practical process for getting the most out of your performances and experiences.