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Living in the Sweet Spot : Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life



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This is a fresh, inspiring guide of how to get ready for life's big performances. The author integrates the best of the new field of Positive Psychology with the essentials of Sport Psychology. Readers of this book learn how to strengthen their experience of daily fulfilment and concurrently get the most out of themselves when the big moments take place. The issues performers face when under pressure come to life through examples of top athletes, musicians and from the author's experiences as an Olympian and America's Cup sailor. Every chapter contains practical, effective reflective exercises that help the reader rise to the challenge of performing their best when it counts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
The Building Blocks of a Champion Approach
What Is Living in the Sweet Spot?: Achievement and Happinessp. 3
Self-Awareness and Your Strengths: Learning How Your Strengths Can Impact Your Performancep. 17
Positive Emotional Experience: Strengthening Your Resources through Nurturing Positive Emotionsp. 37
Small Changes: Optimizing Willpowerp. 57
The Learning Approach: Getting the Most out of Your Wins and Your Lossesp. 77
The Positive Perspective: Building on Gratitude and Optimismp. 97
Preparing for Performance or Competition
Flow and Engagement: Nurturing Enjoyment and Engagement in Training and Performancep. 115
Facing Negative Emotions: Recognizing, Accepting, and Shifting Negative Emotionsp. 137
Coaches, Family, Teammates, and Friends: Letting in the Good and Letting Go of the Negativep. 159
Imagery and Scripting for Performance: Creating Your Intentions for Performancep. 177
Mental-Emotional Goals for Performance: Creating Clear, Specific "Highest Point of Leverage" Commitmentsp. 197
The Day of Performance
Empowered Thinking: Establishing Your Go-To Responses When It Counts Mostp. 221
Emotions on the Day of Performance: Getting the Most out of Your Emotional Enginep. 241
Motivational Flexibility: Drawing on the Motivational Sources That Best Serve Youp. 261
Your Plan for Game Day: Tailoring the Ideas to Work for Youp. 281
Referencesp. 299
Indexp. 303
About the Authorp. 307
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