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Stillpower: The Inner Source of Athletic Excellence Hardcover – June 1, 2011
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''Garret Kramer has overturned much of the conventional wisdom about coaching and performance. With persuasive logic and an array of interesting stories, he shows the limits of grind-it-out willpower and the potential of insight, mindfulness, and even love. Stillpower is an insightful and, at times, profound book.'' --Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author, Drive and A Whole New Mind
''In covering sports for more than twenty years, I am always looking for what separates the good athletes from the great ones. Garret Kramer looks outside the box when it comes to athletics. His views have provided me with incredible insight. When I'm calling the action, I now have an appreciation of an athlete's true mental state. Stillpower is a must-read for someone serious about performance, or for the casual fan who wants to learn what REALLY makes athletes tick--on and off the field.'' --Ian Eagle, CBA Sports/YES Network/Westwood One Radio
''A clear and quite state of mind isn't just a key element in sports; it's also important in finance and life. Without the understanding that Garret Kramer conveys, the best advice can be lost or forgotten, and the worst could be followed--no matter how smart you are. The principles introduced in this book apply to so much more than athletics.'' --Jean Chatzky, New York Times best-selling author, Money 911
''As I reflect back on my personal quest to develop character through the sport of football, I greatly identify with the wisdom and principles of this book. Stillpower is a profound playbook for the athletic and life journey. Garret Kramer shows us that a person becomes what he thinks in his heart, not in his head.'' --Tyrone Keys, founder of All-Sports Community Services and Super Bowl-winning defensive end--Chicago Bears
''Thanks to Garret Kramer, I now see my life's circumstances for what they truly are: the result of my state of mind at that moment. As a professional athlete, I am often introduced to mental techniques and strategies that only make the game seem more complicated. The message introduced in this book, however, is the exact opposite. Stillpower shows that an athlete's (or anyone's) thoughts and moods are the creator of his reality, allowing him to determine his own performance level no matter what is happening around him. These are simple and empowering words to live by, both on and off the ice.'' --Matt Corrente, New Jersey Devils defenseman
''Garret Kramer understand the importance of having 'your head right.' Stillpower reveals the optimum mental functioning of an athlete and the real source of that functioning. Under this paradigm, individuals involved in sports will enjoy the character-building benefits often promised by participation. Even children will find athletics more enjoyable and, at the same time, achieve high levels of success. I know this may all sound like a tall order, but this book honestly offers that potential.'' --George Pransky, PhD
''I was first introduced to sports psychology in the 1970s when I was playing professional baseball. Like all athletes, I was constantly in search of that magical place called 'the zone,' where the game slows down and pitches are suddenly easy to track. Contrary to what most people think, however, finding your way to 'the zone' doesn't come from grinding or strength of will--it comes from another source. Stillpower reveals this surprising source. If you're a serious athlete, coach, sports parent--in fact, anyone--I strongly suggest you read what Garret Kramer has to say about getting to the top of your game, on and off the field.'' --Rick Wolff, sports psychology expert and host of ''The Sports Edge,'' WFAN Radio, New York
''I first head Garret Kramer speak in 2009, and I was instantly intrigued by his message and approach to athletic mental performance. Stillpower take a unique perspective that will challenge your traditional beliefs. If you keep an open mind and really listen to what this book has to say, you will realize how much easier and more positive life can be, and why the notion of 'no pain, no gain' will never help in your pursuit of success.'' --Rob Naddleman, president of Baseball Factory
''I have often invited Garret Kramer to speak to our elite prep athletes throughout the country. He has opened their minds to a new way of looking at performance. He has taught them that free will is the number one ingredient for success on and off the football field. Take your time reading Stillpower. These thoughtful lessons will change the way you look at the athletic journey. This book is invaluable to anyone who wants to perform better in the heat of competition.'' --Richard McGuiness, president of All-American Games and Football University; creator and producer of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on NBC
''Garret Kramer has refused to accept pre-existing concepts about understanding the cerebral part of athletic competition. Through perceptive analysis and examples, Stillpower unlocks a thought-provoking and groundbreaking approach. Over the past three decades, I have been fortunate to observe, from close range, thousands of athletes and coaches in their pursuit of excellence. All of them could benefit from reading this book, not only to reach new heights on the playing field but in their lives away from the game as well.'' --Rob Cowen, nine-time Emmy Award-winning sports television producer/director
''Having represented professional athletes for more than twenty-five years, it isn't often you come across a book so crucial for an athlete. From high school and college prospects to the pros, Stillpower provides athletes a unique edge. In a counterintuitive sense, Garret Kramer takes the player back to a childlike and free state of mind, where external circumstances are irrelevant. The inner peace and mind-set that an athlete can achieve through the understanding revealed in this book can transform the athlete and create a happier day-to-day existence, eventually allowing the player to become extremely effective in the game.'' --Jay Grossman, president of PuckAgency, LLC
''The brilliance of Garret Kramer's perspective is that he takes the often complicated quest of achieving one's best performance and turns it into a direct, natural, and positive understanding. Stillpower provides the simple, yet powerful message the sports world has been looking for. It is a must read for every coach, athlete, parent, or businessperson.'' --Sean Hutchison, U.S.A. Olympic swimming coach
''I believe the principles introduced in Stillpower are the future of athletic mental performance; actually, performance of any kind. This book helped me to recognize that in grinding so hard, I was reducing my chances to perform up to my capabilities. I now see why the game wasn't always as enjoyable as I wanted it to be, and my ''effort'' rarely feels like work. In Stillpower, Garret Kramer offers hope for discovering our potential to perform freely, regardless of the circumstances of our lives. I hope, like me, you find this perspective to be extremely valuable.'' --Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils All-Star Forward and member of the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
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Fuel your performance, and life, with the clarity of Stillpower
For years, athletes, coaches, parents, and organizations have search for the secrets to optimum mental performance. Today, however, in spite of a myriad of tools, techniques, and theoretical models, consistent success and contentment are as elusive as ever. We see young athletes pushed so hard that 70 percent quit organized sports by the age of thirteen. Every day a high school, collegiate, or pro athlete makes headlines for his or her errant behavior--not to mention, talented and industrious players repeatedly failing to deliver in ''clutch'' moments.
While many insist that athletics is a great way to learn life lessons and expand life skills, this development is not taking place. Now, in Stillpower, Garret Kramer provides a revolutionary simple explanation and understanding. In a fluent and readable manner, Kramer reveals the innate principles behind consistent performance and success. And he highlights the misalignment between the experiences of athletes and the strategies of the coaches, psychologists, and performance experts who are trying to help them. Stillpower uses real-life examples to explore such questions as: What is ''the zone'' and what must we do (or not do) to get there? Why does an athlete need to understand the difference between insight and intellect? Is goal setting really useful? Why doesn't willpower work? Why do the best mentors focus on a person's state of mind and not behavior? What is the connection between the qualities of compassion, competitiveness, and resiliency, and one's thoughts and level of well-being?
Virtually all of us--athletes and nonathletes alike--are looking outside of ourselves, hoping to un-lock the keys to happiness and success. In Stillpower, Kramer encourages us to look within to finally find the answers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Analyzing your past, positive thinking, reframing your thinking and all traditional methods of psychology utilize outside-in models that have consistently proven themselves to be deeply flawed. Garret is among the very best teachers of The Three Principles of psychology model that consistently achieves remarkable results.
I'm an intense runner but not a competitive athlete in any way I run purely for personal enjoyment. I came to Garret's work nearly two years ago after being brought to my knees by some of the darkest circumstances conceivable... Stillpower and The Path of No Resistance have been absolutely essential reading for me in coming to understand how each of us create our own experience of life independent of any circumstance. Moreover, I had the good fortune to be able to speak with Garret and can tell you he is one of those rare individuals who fully walk their talk...
Get this book and allow it to reconnect you with the most fundamental and powerful aspect of your mind.
This particular book is the first common sense approach to "The Zone". And it starts off rather pessimistically. The author actually discourages you to think in those terms. He tries to convince you that there is no such thing as "The Zone', there is just a point in time in your athletic performance that comes naturally, through the sheer act of playing. This is not what most coaches and players looking for, they want the panacea, the edge, the recipe. For this reason, I am afraid Garrett Kramer will be an abysmal failure as a self help guru. What he proposes is not mystical enough, not how-to enough, and most importantly, way too counter-intuitive. But I do believe he is right.
Far be it for me to talk about what he said, I think he does a much better job of describing than I ever could, and he isn't really eloquent about it, but he makes a very good case and the book does one thing, it allowed me to look beyond my own limited visions and allowed me to think is a meta level about athletic performance and the mind games we all play with out brains.
This book is not for everyone, if you have very tightly help opinions about what constitute performance and paths towards exceptional performance, then reading this book will be a waste of time. BUT, if you are comfortable enough with your world view, and if you have a wide enough mind to embrace some pretty counter-intuitive views on who we are and what constitutes the most advantageous mindset for athletic performance, then I think you can get something out of the book.
I am personally struggling with how to go about training athletes' bodies while also using Stillpower the training their minds, the two paths seem to be going is diametrically opposing directions.
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