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Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence Paperback – June 24, 2002
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"Mind Gym hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book." -- Ken Griffey, Jr., Major League MVP
"A great read that helps you understand the importance that your mind plays in reaching the top." -- Michele Timms, WNBA All-Star and Olympic silver-medal winner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Golfing great Bobby Jones said, "Competition is won or lost on the six-inch playing field between the ears." How do the best athletes gain an advantage on that playing field? In Mind Gym, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack teaches athletes the lessons he's learned about how the mind influences athletic performance as much as physical skill does, if not more so.
Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--Mack shares the same techniques and exercises he uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle."
Achieving this inner excellence requires time and effort. The more you work on the inside, the more it shows on the outside. These engaging stories--covering such themes as overcoming adversity, staying motivated, and following one's dreams--will enable you to perform at your best by choice rather than chance.
Mind Gym will give anyone who spires to be a better athlete the "head edge" over the competition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I shared the title and some excerpts at a coaches' clinic at which I was presenting and got good feedback from those coaches who also purchased it to use in their programs.
That said, some of the stories were either redundant or kind of a stretch. Like the one about the air hostess muttering "I love my job, I love my job" under her breath to stay calm while being harassed by one of the team's the author worked for during a post-game flight.
I don't see how this is a really good example of staying positive. It seems more of an example of the author failing to intervene while a bunch of rowdy men were repeatedly rude to a woman in a service job and called into question the author's judgment. Another story about staying calm while being fired was much more applicable and we didn't need this second story to illustrate the same point.
I think anyone who is just beginning a sport will benefit the most from this book. More advanced athletes probably already practice these techniques. This is a fast read so don't expect to spend more than a couple hours digesting the information. I took a few notes and felt like I learned quite a bit about mental game.