Peak Performance Every Time

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Routledge, 2012 - Psychology - 209 pages
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Peak performances should not be left to chance. Rather than hoping that you will perform at your best, why not engineer your performance?

Peak Performance Every Time incorporates principles from sport psychology and performance coaching and applies these to all areas of life. Using illustrations and real-world examples from top athletes and business executives, it focuses on the three main components that underpin performance:

  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Focus.

As well as offering practical strategies to help the reader achieve their optimal mindset, it also explains how to coach others to perform to their potential. Throughout, the book is underpinned by theoretical frameworks, literature and research findings and will be invaluable to anyone trying to reach their full potential, in particular athletes, coaches, managers and executives. It may also be of interest to sports psychology, management and business students.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Experiencing peak performance
9
2 Your mind is like a Formula One car
21
3 Razor sharp focus
31
4 Control your confidence
48
5 Master motivation
63
6 Deconstructing pressure
77
7 Love your discomfort zone
93
8 Release the hand brake
109
9 Avoid the trapdoors
125
10 Habits of great performers
138
11 Coaching others to achieve peak performances
157
Theoretical background and further reading
171
Bibliography
188
Index
201
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About the author (2012)

Simon Hartley is an experienced sport psychologist and performance coach. During the last 15 years, he has worked with British Olympians, world record holders and championship winning teams, and at the highest level of sport, including spells in Premier League football, Premiership rugby union and first-class county cricket. Since 2005, Simon has also applied the principles of sport psychology to business, education and the charity sector.

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