- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: New World Library; Reprint edition (April 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608680908
- ISBN-13: 978-1608680900
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process Paperback – April 10, 2012
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Geoff Colvin, author of Talent Is Overrated
I use the techniques I have learned from The Practicing Mind every day. The approach is relevant for both business executives and their junior golf children on and off the course. I recommend it to all my students because its lessons will help them in both golf and life.”
Eric MacCluen, PGA Professional and Director of Golf Instruction at Applecross Country Club
The Practicing Mind engagingly transforms difficulty into devotion, offering a practical, easy-to-understand approach that will transform your view of even the most challenging or mundane steps on your journey of life.”
Marney K. Makridakis, author of Creating Time and founder of ArtellaLand.com
Thomas Sterner gives us a useful, thoughtful, much-needed book on the often-overlooked science and art of practice. It blends careful research with plenty of enlightening and entertaining personal stories. Anyone hoping to excel at anything should read this. Keep on practicing!”
Roy F. Baumeister, coauthor of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
As you embrace the process-oriented approach described in The Practicing Mind, you’ll achieve better results in any endeavor.”
Michael J. Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and Brain Power
From the Inside Flap
Early life is all about trial-and-error practice. If we had given up in the face of failure, repetition, and difficulty, we would never have learned to walk or tie our shoes. So why, as adults, do we often give up on a goal when at first we don’t succeed? Modern life’s technological speed, habitual multitasking, and promises of instant gratification don’t help. But in his study of how we learn (prompted by his pursuit of disciplines such as music and golf), Sterner has found that we have also forgotten the principles of practice the process of picking a goal and applying steady effort to reach it. The methods Sterner teaches show that practice done properly isn’t drudgery on the way to mastery but a fulfilling process in and of itself, one that builds discipline and clarity.
By focusing on process, not product,” you’ll learn to live in each moment, where you’ll find calmness and equanimity. This book will transform a sense of futility around learning something challenging into an attitude of pleasure and willingness.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
Only recently have I evolved as a person who can appreciate the knowledge in this book. The knowledge in this book if applied will certainly improve your life. It is not possible for it not to. If you are a person who has lots of "mind chatter", who frets worries, or has lots of emotionally ups and downs, do you self a favor and get this book. If you want to improve your productivity or become a learning machine, get this book. If you want less suffering in your life and more contentment, get this book.
To those who are fans of Eckart Tolle, you will see lots of similarities to his teachings in this book. Both authors are looking at the same truth with how to run our brains so that we are in the "zone". A place where we are productive, calm, and satisfied. For self-help seekers like me, this book belongs in your library on the top shelf. Read it, learned it, and you will apply it to every sector of your life.
A long time follower of the Buddha refreshed my understanding of meditation and mindfulness but the bardo got in the way. As a life long sceptic, all dogma has an odor of rot about it. The Practicing Mind has the freshness of morning air in the mountains. Succinct, clean and clear.
One of the biggest takeaways from this book is how to approach how you see goals. The way people set and strive for goals is one of the primary reasons of frustration and failure in the Western world. This is why people aren't able to focus very well.
We get gratification for setting goals and even muster up the patience for creating a plan for getting there, but when it comes to actual execution, many people drop the ball. Once I changed the way I approached the goal and learned to pay attention to what's in front of me (the process), I saw an instant spike certain areas. I'm not going to describe those areas or end result, because it's all about each moment.