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The Mental Edge: Maximize Your Sports Potential with the Mind-Body Connection Paperback – March 1, 1999
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Kenneth Baum is a performance psychologist who has trained clients ranging from Olympic medalists and NCAA champions to Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. For more information on his Mind Over Business program, visit mindoverbusiness.com.
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I now have my own copy and just purchased one for my athletic nephew. I wish I would've discovered something like this 35 years earlier.
I will admit this book is showing its age by the now-retired athletes it showcases; it should be updated.
Titles such as these, similar to any self-improvement or training guide, have to present "new" or different-enough ways to peddle the same core items needed for success; opinions and results with any one method will vary with the individual. I can say The Mental Edge gave its sports-psychology techniques in a way that worked for me. I hope they might do so for you.
Does take a little work and effort on your part but the efforts are well worth it. I play pocket billiards on a pro level and used this book to help me keep my focus in many tournaments , There are many options to choose for mental toughness and this is one of the best I've read
Why is it good: The Mental Edge provides the clearest and most comprehensive program for developing metal training routines that can/will improve performance. And if you are good at some endeavor - you have already learned the base skills needed -- from there on it is mental. Again, of all the books (too many) on trying to understand and develop procedures .. this is the best
The all too common flaw: The constant digressions regarding annecdotes and exhortations of "you can if you only believe." The content is great but in many cases the presentation would embarrass Shirly McLain.
Nonetheless, I would encourage anyone with a sports objective to read (grit their way through). The specific recomendations are again the best compilation and application of mental training I know of