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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
|The Building Blocks of a Champion Approach|
|What Is Living in the Sweet Spot?: Achievement and Happiness||p. 3|
|Self-Awareness and Your Strengths: Learning How Your Strengths Can Impact Your Performance||p. 17|
|Positive Emotional Experience: Strengthening Your Resources through Nurturing Positive Emotions||p. 37|
|Small Changes: Optimizing Willpower||p. 57|
|The Learning Approach: Getting the Most out of Your Wins and Your Losses||p. 77|
|The Positive Perspective: Building on Gratitude and Optimism||p. 97|
|Preparing for Performance or Competition|
|Flow and Engagement: Nurturing Enjoyment and Engagement in Training and Performance||p. 115|
|Facing Negative Emotions: Recognizing, Accepting, and Shifting Negative Emotions||p. 137|
|Coaches, Family, Teammates, and Friends: Letting in the Good and Letting Go of the Negative||p. 159|
|Imagery and Scripting for Performance: Creating Your Intentions for Performance||p. 177|
|Mental-Emotional Goals for Performance: Creating Clear, Specific "Highest Point of Leverage" Commitments||p. 197|
|The Day of Performance|
|Empowered Thinking: Establishing Your Go-To Responses When It Counts Most||p. 221|
|Emotions on the Day of Performance: Getting the Most out of Your Emotional Engine||p. 241|
|Motivational Flexibility: Drawing on the Motivational Sources That Best Serve You||p. 261|
|Your Plan for Game Day: Tailoring the Ideas to Work for You||p. 281|
|About the Author||p. 307|
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