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Psychology of Champions: How to Win at Sports and Life with the Focus Edge of Super-Athletes

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The first book to gather firsthand accounts of successful practices, and thinking habits, of sports legends and super-athletes—from across sports including football, baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, car-racing, and swimming—this work holds lessons that can power not only athletic success, but winning in any daily challenges of life or work. The result of years of research, Psychology of Champions offers the very personal words of star athletes who explain how they overcame such obstacles as fear, ...

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Psychology of Champions: How to Win at Sports and Life with the Focus Edge of Super-Athletes

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Overview

The first book to gather firsthand accounts of successful practices, and thinking habits, of sports legends and super-athletes—from across sports including football, baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, car-racing, and swimming—this work holds lessons that can power not only athletic success, but winning in any daily challenges of life or work. The result of years of research, Psychology of Champions offers the very personal words of star athletes who explain how they overcame such obstacles as fear, discouragement, and anxiety, and were able to move on to success. Each story—including from those of baseball great Ted Williams, basketball star Michael Jordan, football's famed Deion Sanders, and dozens more from across sports —is unique. Yet, the authors determine that, when all is said and done, the overriding variables accounting for the greatest success fall into three categories: motivation, confidence, and concentration. Barrell and Ryback spell out the rules for such success after each section in this absorbing book. The result is a book that not only entertains and educates us with firsthand accounts of ever-popular sports heroes, but also instructs athletes, amateur or professional, and arguably anyone with a goal to achieve in work or life.

In-the-moment accounts reveal just what to do in various critical periods of sports competition—from being at bat in baseball, to making an instantaneous decision as a quarterback, firing the winning basket in the dying moments of a game, or launching the winning move in boxing or judo. Barrell and Ryback draw the lessons together in what they term The Focus Edge mindset. That mindset—and this book— says one former Olympian, take greatness and make it accessible to you and me.

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"This how-to guide to performance is based on extensive in-depth interviews with some of the most successful athletes in various sports. Barrell and Ryback had access to championship-level athletes and used information gleaned from those individuals to develop a psychological training technique they call 'focus edge mindset.' Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313354366
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 903,569
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES J. BARRELL, Ph.D., is a professor, researcher, and consultant. With more than 25 years experience as a consultant and human factor specialist for professional sports organizations and athletes, Barrell's affiliations have included the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and the Orlando Magic. He has also worked individually with numerous athletes in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, golf, tennis, track, car racing, and professional boxing. His most recent successes include consulting on performance enhancement with the coaching staff of the University of Florida athletic teams, playing an integral role in supporting the Gators in their 2006 and 2007 NCAA championships. As an educator, Barrell has been affiliated with the University of Florida, University of West Virginia, Stanford Research Institute International, Medical College of Virginia, and the National Institutes of Health.

DAVID RYBACK, Ph.D., is a board-certified psychologist consulting under the banner of EQ Associates International, of Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, more than 60 journal articles, and book reviews in publications including Psychology Today. An active member of the National Speakers Association, Ryback is a former columnist for the association's national magazine, Speaker. A former lecturer and professor at the University of Maryland, Georgia State University and Emory University, Ryback consults on issues of success in sports, business, and leadership skills. *To schedule either Jim Barrell or David Ryback for consultation or speaking engagements, please email Ryback at David@EQassociates.com

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Gordie Howe     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xxv
Introduction     xxvii
Motivation     1
What Fuels Our Fires     3
Big Goals     7
How Challenges Motivate the Super-Athlete     17
Little Goals: The Aim in Competition     23
Results and Process     27
Comparing the Goals of Super-Athletes with Others'     31
Summary     35
Ten Points on Winning with Motivation     36
Confidence     39
Believing in Yourself     41
What the Super-Athletes Say about Confidence     43
When Confidence Is Lacking ... How to Build It     51
Putting Confidence to Work     63
Summary     71
Ten Points on Winning with Confidence     71
Concentration     75
Being in the Moment     77
What the Super-Athletes Say about Concentration     79
Broad and Narrow Attention     87
Inside that Elusive "Now-Zone"     95
Helpful Rituals and Visualizations     99
Summary     100
Ten Points on Winning with Concentration     101
Pressure Situations     105
Where It All Comes Together, Under Pressure     107
How Super-Athletes Deal with Pressure     111
Getting Rid of Your Performance Anxiety     125
The Focus Edge Formula for Dealing with Pressure     129
Applying the Focus Edge Mindset     133
Summary     139
Ten Points on Winning with the Focus Edge Approach     141
Conclusion     145
Biographical Sketches     153
Auto Racing     153
Baseball     155
Basketball     164
Boxing     169
Cycling     170
Football     170
Golf     176
Hockey     178
Judo     179
Tennis     180
Track     181
Notes     185
Bibliography     187
Index     191
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