Mind Games: Inspirational Lessons from the World's Finest Sports Stars

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 12, 2010 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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What makes a winner - in business or in sport? Why do some people consistently break sales targets, cross the line first or hammer the ball in the net with pinpoint accuracy? Natural talent and disciplined training are vital. But with two equally matched professionals, something else makes the difference that provides that extra, champion factor: the mind.


Mind Games looks into the mental processes of sporting stars, identifying the attitudes and approaches that enable them to achieve peak performance, every time, and applies them specifically to the world of business. What are the key mental characteristics that make some people come out on top? How do winners channel adrenalin into controlled power while losers choke? What do sportsmen and women mean when they talk about 'the inner game', being 'in the zone' or being 'in the now'? What is it that coaches do to realise the potential they see? What are the lessons that business winners need to learn from sport's superstars?


Mind Games has the full involvement of over 30 sporting household names, including Sven-Goran Eriksson, Matthew Pinsent, Clive Woodward, Nick Faldo, Jonny Wilkinson. The authors draw on extensive first-hand experiences of acknowledged sporting champions across a range of sports, identifying personal techniques proven to have worked under the pressure of top-level competition. They also draw on the expertise of professional coaches and psychologists who have worked with sportsmen and women.

 

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Contents

EARLY DISCIPLINE
JUGGLING DEMANDS AND MAKING CHOICES
RESOLVE PIGHEADEDNESS AND COMMITMENT
SELFISH STREAKS
KILLER INSTINCT
BELIEF MATTERS
DEVELOPING BELIEF
THAT ‚ KNOWING‚ FEELING
COACH SUPPORT
QUALITIES IN THE COACH
RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT
QUALITIES IN A GOOD RELATIONSHIP
A TOUCH OF TOUGHNESS
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9

EXPECTATIONS SET BELIEF SETS REALITY
BOUNCING BACK
POSITIVITY COUNTS
BANNING NEGATIVE THINKING
HARD TIMES
COURAGE TO FAIL
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
NEEDING TO WIN
EARLY TASTE OF SUCCESS
OVERWHELMING EMOTIONS
BEATING YOURSELF
HATING TO LOSE
PROVING OTHERS WRONG
THE RELIEF OF SUCCESS
GOAL TYPES
EARLY GOALS
GOAL DEVELOPMENT
THE ROLE OF THE COACH
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
WHAT IS VISUALIZATION?
POSITIVE RESULTS
REEDITING THE PAST
VISUALIZATION IN PRACTICE
SCENARIO PLANNING
NLP
ANCHORS AND TRIGGERS
PRACTICAL USE
LEARNING TO HANDLE PRESSURE
THRIVING UNDER PRESSURE
TRAINING TO THRIVE UNDER PRESSURE
AUTOMATIC PILOT
THE PRESSURE OF PENALTIES
PENALTY PRACTICE
SELECTING THE PENALTY TAKERS
REGULAR REVIEW
CONTROLLABLES
MISTAKES HAPPEN
SUCCESS MATTERS
OPEN TO INNOVATION
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAMPION NERVES
THE VALUE OF NERVES
ACCEPTANCE OF NERVES
PHYSICAL RELEASE
PREMATCH ROUTINES
NEED FOR FLEXIBILITY
FAMILIARITY
POSITIVE SPIN
CONFIDENCE TECHNIQUES
STAY IN THE NOW
PSYCHING OUT
THE ZONE EXPLAINED
GETTING INTO THE ZONE
THE SUPERSTATE
VITAL FOCUS
TASK AND PROCESS FOCUS
FOCUS UNDER PRESSURE
FOCUSING TIPS
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
TEAM SELECTION
THE CAPTAIN
TEAM SPIRIT
SUPPORT TEAMS
TEAM VALUES
TEAM COMMUNICATION
TEAM BUILDUP
EXTENDED TOURNAMENTS
STRATEGIC PLANNING
THE CAPTAIN‚ S ROLE
PREMATCH TALKS
HALFTIME TALKS
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
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About the author (2010)

Jeff Grout is an adviser, commentator and columnist on the subjects of motivation, peak performance, people management, teamwork, recruitment and retention. He is also business manager to Sir Clive Woodward OBE, the former England Rugby Coach.

Sarah Perrin is a freelance journalist and writer, contributing regularly to business and professional magazines. She is co-author of Kickstart Your Career and Recruiting Excellence, and author of The Guardian Careers Guide to Accountancy. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner, a technique increasingly used by sporting champions.

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