With Winning in Mind: The Mental Management System Paperback – November 1, 1996
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This is a book you’ll either wish you’d read sooner...or never read at all. It flips on its head what every un-knowing, rookie coach ever said to you in practice, sport or competition. It contradicts what the “nice” teachers, mentors or “other adults” did to us while we were younger.
Fundamentally, this is the first book I’ve read that demonstrably makes the case for positive, directed, myopic focus on what you want...even if it’s as much as 180 degrees different than what you have.
You talk to yourself. You are...right now. You’re thinking of that one coach who said, “Now don’t mess up.” You’re thinking of that teacher who said, “Don’t forget to study for the test.” You’re thinking of your spouse saying, “Now, whatever you do, don’t be late to our child’s game...”
You. Must. Talk. Differently. You’ve got to turn what people say to you from what they DON’T want into what YOU want.
I challenge you.
SEE WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE
I’m not saying anything you don’t already know. I’ve known since reading books by Napoleon Hill, Jack Canfield, Shakti Gawain and Maryanne Williamson that we are supposed to visualize. But, for the first time in more than 2 decades I now know HOW... and, the big shift was to go from visualizing to...
...well, if you’re interested you’re gonna have to go find out for yourself. I think Larry would want you to do that work!
~ Lanny Bassham from With Winning in Mind
This is another one of those books that I just happened to stumble upon and I’m glad I did. I picked it up as I was feasting on mental strength training books. It’s *really* (!) good. (Stunningly good, in fact.)
Lanny Bassham is a world-class athlete turned mental training coach. He shares his wisdom from the perspective of a guy who has been there and done that in the competitive arena— winning an Olympic gold medal and a ton of other championships. (He’s the third in medal count for the USA for all shooters.)
Lanny’s also a great story-teller and a precise teacher. He’s been at this for over four decades and it shows. He created what he calls the Mental Management® System and has trained everyone from PGA golfers and Olympic champions (and teams) to the FBI, Navy SEALs and Miss America contestants.
Let’s take a quick look at a handful of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Process Is Primary - Did I win?
2. It’s 90% Mental - So give the mental side some love!
3. Mental Management® - What is it?
4. Pressure - It’s normal and good.
5. Your Good Shots - Focus on them!
Here’s to making the process primary as we train our minds, rehearse our optimal lives, forge a new self-image and give our greatest gifts in greatest service to the world!
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the book and the described planing system may feel a bit underwhelming and you may ask how will all that work out? Trust me, it does. I got the Kindle book in December 2015 and applied it from 2016 onwards. Essentially, I did the complete goal-setting system, I did my performance journal, and still do, and progress follows. Between 2016 and now (May 2020) won the fast.ai fellowship, I got accepted into Harvard and graduated with a master's degree, got accepted into a highly competitive innovation program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, got accepted into the equally competitive Harvard Innovation Lab, and more recently, started an advanced training under a four-time world chamption. And I'm just getting started.
When you do the work, the system brings you to the top.
Top international reviews
I bought the book in 2016 to know more about the programme he is working to and am very impressed. The book is clearly written and not especially long. I find reading one chapter per day allows the messages time to sink in.
The book is well thought out and will work for some but not for me.
Most adults would also benefit.
A simple easy to understand short self help book. If this doesn't help, give up and continue to be a looser.