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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
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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
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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.
Top customer reviews
Yes, the writing style at times is a bit clumsy - you may have to re-read a sentence or two now and again to figure out what is being said. But you should get past that soon enough. The style may be clumsy, but I believe it is all grammatically correct.
One can begin to realize the benefits of the teaching in this book upon the first read - greater equanimity, efficiency, effectiveness, happiness. I find that I need to regularly expose myself (don't take this out of context please!) to the truths in the text so that I might make them part of my life on a daily basis.
I just really can't say enough good things about this book. Buy it, read it with an open mind. If it doesn't "click" with you - pass it on to a friend or family member and it will probably "click" for them.
p.s. my husband loves it too. He listens to it repeatedly and has experienced really great results. It's FASCINATING!
I recommend this book everyone because the truths cross all cultures and lifestyles. It doesn't impose a Buddhist belief system or anything else. He only lightly mentions God as the "Creative Force" once, and another time with a similar name. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to hand the book out but I can do that with confidence since it doesn't get new-agey and weird.
Please excuse the lack of summary here. I refuse to summarize the book because it won't convince you to by the book. The concepts are simple, but they are only powerful when taken in in the way Sterner has set them up.
If I was the author I would offer a money back guarantee (that you will enjoy it) and have the cover design....changed. I love it.