Performing Under Pressure: Gaining the Mental Edge in Business and Sport

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What the Man Who Teaches the World's Top Athletes Can Teach YouAbout Overcoming Stress and Winning in Business and in Life.

Pressure. It keeps us focused, drivers athletes to Olympicgreatness, businesspeople to produce record value in theircompanies and artists to the stellar heights of their craft. buttoo much pressure is unhealthy and counterproductive. It leads tosleeplessness, heart attacks and many other negative side effects.It can also ...

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Overview

What the Man Who Teaches the World's Top Athletes Can Teach YouAbout Overcoming Stress and Winning in Business and in Life.

Pressure. It keeps us focused, drivers athletes to Olympicgreatness, businesspeople to produce record value in theircompanies and artists to the stellar heights of their craft. buttoo much pressure is unhealthy and counterproductive. It leads tosleeplessness, heart attacks and many other negative side effects.It can also make us seize up and lose our ease when we need it themost.

World-renowned sports psychologist Saul Miller, who teacheselite athletes and top sports teams how to be successful, shares awealth of practical tools and exercises that allow anyone, in anysituation, to manage the pressure they feel, and to channel it intopeak performance.

Dr. Miller goes in-depth and teaches you:

  • The difference between stress and pressure, and how to makethem work for you
  • How to use power thoughts and imagery to enhance your attitudeand performance
  • How to improve your baseline stress tolerance
  • Techniques and exercises to control physical reactions topressure
  • How variations in personality and style affect the ways peopleexperience and deal with pressure, and how this knowledge appliesto you
  • Training Notes that give you a clear 4-week plan for each ofthe major tools.

This book is an essential toolbox for anyone who wants to ensurethat when it comes time to face intense, high-pressure situations,you'll be prepared to succeed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470737644
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 1,062,595
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Saul L. Miller is a performance specialist consultingwith super-achievers in world-class sport, business, healthcare,and the arts. One of North America's leading performancepsychologists, he works in the areas of performance, productivityenhancement, team building, and helping people to be successfulwhile dealing effectively with pressure, stress, and change.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Miller's corporate clients haveincluded Cisco, Nike, Sony, Visa, Canada Life, IBM, Envision,Investors Group, Cominco, Labatts, Motorola, Manulife, Telus, and24 Hour Fitness. In the world of sport, his clients have includedthe New York Mets; Seattle Mariners; Los Angeles Dodgers, Rams,Clippers, and Kings; Vancouver Canucks; Florida Panthers; NashvillePredators; St. Louis Blues; PGA Tour golfers; as well asprofessional teams in Europe, and Canadian and U.S. Olympians inover a dozen different sports. He is the author of six other books,including Why Teams Win: 9 Keys to Success in Business, Sportand Beyond (Wiley).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction: We Are All Performers 1

Chapter 1 Pressure 7

Section 1 Winning Programs 21

Chapter 2 Power Thoughts 23

Chapter 3 High-Performance Imagery 45

Section 2 The Shift: Positive Focus, Positive Feelings 73

Chapter 4 Changing Channels 75

Chapter 5 Tension-Release 87

Section 3 Conscious Breathing 105

Chapter 6 Rhythm 107

Chapter 7 Inspiration 121

Chapter 8 Continuity 131

Chapter 9 Streaming 147

Chapter 10 Blowing off Tension—Energizing 161

Section 4 Attitude, Individual Differences, and Lifestyle 171

Chapter 11 A Winning, Performing-Under-Pressure Attitude 173

Chapter 12 Individual Differences 207

Chapter 13 A High-Performance Lifestyle 225

About the Author 233

Bibliography 235

Index 237

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