Mindset: a mental guide for sport
Publisher: Mindset Publishers
ISBN 10: 908149287X
ISBN 13: 978-9081492874
Learn to deal with pressure and enjoy challenges
This book teaches you how to deal with pressure and enjoy challenges. It guides you through the exact same exercises professional athletes, world-class performers and business leaders have done to perform at their very best when it matters most. You’ll get all the practical tools to train how to stay relaxed and focused at the same time under all circumstances.
Mindset describes a new way of thinking in sport. It is written for athletes of all playing levels, coaches and parents of children engaged in (competitive) sports. You will be able to convert anger, impatience, tension and frustration into self-confidence, better focus and more pleasure, transforming your perception of sport and competition forever.
Elite performance coach and former professional tennis player Jackie Reardon has trained Olympic gold medallists and world champions using unorthodox mindfulness exercises with sport as a metaphor to improve their focus and awareness. Combining her expertise in professional sports and mindfulness she developed a hands-on philosophy called Friendly Eyes to guide athletes of all levels to reach their best. Friendly Eyes means: being kind to ourselves, being kind to others and to observe without judgment. Because by being friendly to yourself, you can make the progress you want.
'Jackie brings the aim of sport psychology to life in Mindset via cutting edge, creative, fun exercises that can be done by anyone. She offers brilliant ways to help any performer (e.g, athlete, musician, coach) improve focus and to cultivate a mindset that breeds success. She makes mindfulness and self-compassion tangible in ways that I never dreamed possible'. Amy Baltzell - Ed.D., CMPC, Association of Applied Sport Psychology President, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University, MA. Author: Living in the Sweet Sport (2011), Mindfulness & Performance (2016), and The Power of Mindfulness (2018)
'Mindset is inspiring and practical. It helped me and the team to focus under pressure.' Kim Lammers - Field hockey player, Olympic gold and world champion.
'Friendly Eyes works whilst performing, it helps me to improve my focus, deal more effectively with nerves, and generally raise my enjoyment of singing.' Barbara Hannigan - World renowned opera singer and conductor.
'I now experience more calmness and peace of mind, even under pressure' Sjef van den Berg - Olympic Archer
‘It’s a recent discovery in psychology that the brain is actually highly malleable, and that experience and mental training play a key role in that respect. Mindset translates that knowledge into the practice of sport.' Prof. dr. Jaap Murre - Professor of theoretical neuropsychology, University of Amsterdam
‘Looking at the mental side of the game is key to gaining an advantage on and off the court. Striving to enhance performance, confidence and ability is a dynamic balance of motivation, challenge and self reflection. Mindset lays out a path for anyone seeking a new level of clarity and self-realisation.’ Rohan Goetzke - director of tennis at IMG Academy in Florida
‘Mindset offers a practical method for converting the doubts that every sportsperson has into self-confidence and high performance.’ Toon Gerbrands - former coach of the Dutch national men’s volleyball team, European champions 1997, general manager of AZ soccer club, algemeen directeur PSV
Mindset teaches you how to control your own mind and to determine how you react and function. This book’s clear translation of theory into practice has helped me to achieve a great sense of inner calm.' Esther Vergeer - wheelchair tennis world champion, 2x winner Laureus Award, Paralympic gold 2000, 2004, 2008 & 2012
‘A clearly-presented way of gaining self-knowledge and self-control, which can be applied on all levels of sport and in the other challenges of life.’ Jacco Verhaeren - coach of the Australian and former Dutch national swimming team. Coach of multiple Olympic gold medalists at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016
'A wonderful book that provides real insight into the processes of performance management, and how to make the most of your talents. Written in an informative and inspiring way, with plenty of practical advice.' Marc Lammers - coach of the Dutch national women’s hockey team, world champions 2006, Olympic gold medallists Beijing 2008
‘I agree with the Mindset vision and clear method. I’m convinced that players will gain insight into how they can improve the mental side of their game by reading this book.’ Leander Paes - ex world ranking nr. 1 doubles in tennis, multiple Grand Slam winner
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