Finding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life

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Penguin, Jun 3, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 192 pages
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The first research-based program to offer concise, clear ways to realize your best performance.

As a therapist, physician, and mental coach, Dr. Michael Lardon has dedicated his career to helping athletes understand and better achieve peak performance. In Finding Your Zone, he shares with readers what he?s discovered about reaching the state in which ?thoughts and actions are occurring in complete synchronicity,? and how this state is accessible to all, not just the few.

In ten key lessons?illustrated by personal anecdotes from his clients?Lardon teaches readers how to access the zone not only in sports but in all aspects of their lives, by understanding how to:

? Transform desire into will
? Channel emotions to victory
? Trust instincts and keep it simple
? Conquer fear through acceptance
? Perform under pressure
 

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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

User Review  - G Garcia - Borders

I picked this book up in San Diego and read it in one sitting on the plane ride back to the East Coast. I usually sleep on cross country flights, but I could not put this book down. It is a great read ... Read full review

A success on many levels

User Review  - Anonymous - Borders

I sat down to read this book without any expectations. After all, there are so many books out there along the lines of "The Five Steps to ..." etc., etc., could this really be much different? But ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT IS THE ZONE?
WHAT BROUGHT ME TO THE ZONE
THE ZONE
MAKING DREAMS REAL
DREAM TO DISCOVER KNOWLEDGE
TRUSTING AND BELIEVING IN YOUR DREAMS
AN EXERCISE
THE BEAUTY BEHIND THE CATNAP
AVOID THE CULTURE OF ADD
CONTROLLABLE AND NONCONTROLLABLE VARIABLES
TWO SCORECARDS
FOCUSING ON THE CONTROLLABLE
THE NEUROTIC CONTINUUM
THE LINK BETWEEN THOUGHT AND EMOTION
A FALLING LEAF
REPLACE FRUSTRATION WITH CURIOSITY

AUTOPILOT
ARE YOU TRAINED?
PREPARATION IS A BUILDING BLOCK
HOW TO DEFINE DESIRE
JUST PUT THE HAMMER DOWN
EXERCISING WILL
GETTING BEYOND THE DISCOMFORT
SOLIPSISM
GOING BEYOND PAIN
KEEP IT SIMPLE
JUST DOING IT
THE DELICATE BALANCE BETWEEN EFFORT AND TRUST
HOMEWORK
KEEP IT SIMPLE AGAIN?
THE LESSON OF CHILDREN
CONSERVING ENERGY TO TIGHTEN YOUR FOCUS
THE TIGER TRANCE
DEVELOPING YOUR KNOWMIND AWARENESS
THRIVING DURING COMPETITION
INTRINSIC VERSUS EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION
ALL THE TALENT IN THE WORLD
PLAYING FOR SOMEONE ELSE
BECOMING AN ARCHITECT OF YOUR OWN REALITY
FINDING SUCCESS ONLY TO LOSE YOUR WAY
LEARN TO FIND PURE MOTIVATION
THE EVOLUTION OF FEAR
BEHAVIORAL DESENSITIZATION OR GETTING USED TO DOING IT
RECONTEXTUALIZATION OR SEEING THE FOREST FROM THE TREES
ITS A QUESTION OF FAITH
VICTORY OVER FEAR
THE SCIENCE OF CONFIDENCE
BECOMING A DOCTOR
CREATING YOUR OWN GARDEN OF CONFIDENCE
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