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The Agony of Victory

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What makes some men drive themselves to succeed in their chosen sport, no matter how daunting the odds? And what are the struggles that victory almost inevitably brings? Meet the swiftest and saddest cyclist of his time, a man whose craving for speed was outstripped by a terrible urge toward self-annihilation. Try to understand the most accomplished high-school runner in American history, whose long-distance records still astound and who, a few years later, abruptly abandoned his wife and three small children. Learn about the briefly glorious life of the leading scorer in Division I college basketball, one of the inner city’s great success stories . . . while it lasted. This superbly narrated and insightful audiobook follows the paths of thirteen ravaged champions in solitary crafts such as cycling and running, bowling and boxing, hiking and golf. These men work at and master their sports, driven only by a burning need to prove themselves. Movingly detailed here are their painful journeys to grace, and their eventual realization that no victory brings lasting happiness. In short, here is the human experience, told in seconds and miles, scorecards and records.

©2013 Steve Friedman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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Devenir champion

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La différence entre les champions et les espoirs : le mental. Les sportifs donnent souvent l'impression d'être des rocs impénétrables et incassables. Dans l'imaginaire collectif, l'exigence liée aux compétitions, à l'entraînement quotidien suppose un mental d'acier, une force morale surhumaine qui ne peut se permettre de plier à la moindre difficulté rencontrée. Ce n'est pas faux : supporter l'intensité du très haut niveau n'est pas à la portée de tous, il faut une sacrée dose d'égo, de volonté, de courage pour y prétendre. Mais les athlètes sont des femmes et des hommes comme les autres : ils doivent dépasser, surmonter des épreuves et ont tout à gagner à mieux se connaître. Devenir champion propose précisément de plonger au cœur des obstacles auxquels se trouvent confrontés nos sportifs. Qu'ils soient basketteurs, gymnastes, footballeurs, tous ont au moins une fois dans leur carrière jeté l'éponge, après une défaite humiliante ou une blessure. Cédric Quignon-Fleuret, Psychologue clinicien et responsable de l'Unité de Psychologie du Sport de l'INSEP, partage la sphère intime de nos plus grandes personnalités sportives et pourvoyeurs de médailles depuis de longues années. Fort de cette expérience unique, il partage dans cet ouvrage une analyse sans détours des principaux maux ou épreuves auxquels les champions sont confrontés, depuis leur enfance jusqu'à leur consécration sur le podium. Son propos s'appuie sur des interviews et des témoignages exclusifs qui, chaque fois, servent de socle à la présentation de l'auteur. Riche et instructif, vision inédite du monde des sportifs de haut niveau, Devenir champion montre comment psychologie et performance sont les meilleures alliées d'une carrière sportive.

©2016 Edi8 (P)2020 Audible Studios

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Scorecasting

1 rating

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In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost. Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more. Among the insights that Scorecasting reveals: Why Tiger Woods is prone to the same mistake in high-pressure putting situations that you and I are Why professional teams routinely overvalue draft picks The myth of momentum or the "hot hand" in sports, and why so many fans, coaches, and broadcasters fervently subscribe to it Why NFL coaches rarely go for a first down on fourth-down situations--even when their reluctance to do so reduces their chances of winning. In an engaging narrative that takes us from the putting greens of Augusta to the grid iron of a small parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever change how you view the game, whatever your favorite sport might be.

©2011 L. Jon Wertheim and Tobias Moskowitz (P)2011 Random House Audio

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The Rise of the Ultra Runners

37 ratings

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Marathons are no longer impressive. Pain is to be relished, not avoided.  Hallucinations are perfectly normal.  Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest growing in the world. But is it an antidote to modern life or a symptom of a modern illness?  Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out - and to see if could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and from a 24-hour track race in Tooting to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc.  The Rise of the Ultra Runners is the electrifying, inspirational account of what he learned along the way. Through encounters with the sport's many colourful characters and his experiences of its soaring highs and crushing lows, Finn offers an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.

©2019 Adharanand Finn (P)2019 Faber Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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The Comeback Quotient

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Every sports fan loves a great comeback. Is there a special quality shared by top athletes who triumph over great challenges? And can anyone acquire it? In The Comeback Quotient, celebrated sports writer Matt Fitzgerald supplies the answer to both questions. He identifies these mega-achievers of astounding athletic comebacks as "ultrarealists", men and women who succeed where others fail by fully accepting, embracing, and addressing the reality of their situations.  From ultrarunners like Rob Krar to triathletes like Mirinda Carfrae to rowers, skiers, cyclists, and runners all over the world, Fitzgerald highlights and speculates on just what makes these comebacks so compelling. As for whether anyone can stage his or her own great comeback, the answer is a resounding yes: Anyone can become an ultrarealist to some degree.  In the tradition of his best-selling How Bad Do You Want It?, The Comeback Quotient combines gripping sports stories with mind-blowing science to deliver a book that will forever change how you perceive the challenges you face, giving you the inspiration and the tools to make the next great comeback you witness your own.

©2020 Matt Fitzgerald (P)2021 Tantor

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The Champion's Mind

53 ratings

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Sports participation - from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level - is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their game may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: they want to excel. In The Champion's Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, LPC, now offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, and professional athletes, including tips and techniques based on high-performance psychology research, such as how to get in a "zone", thrive on a team, and stay humble; how to progress within a sport and sustain excellence long-term, and customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is dropped. The Champion's Mind distills actionable advice into clear and concise steps for athletes looking to find confidence, concentration, and mental preparedness - the mental edge that sets champions apart.

©2013 Jim Afremow (P)2014 Tantor

Author: Jim Afremow
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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Keeping Your Head in the Game

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Brought to you by Penguin. Elite athletes play out their lives in the most public of arenas. Everything they do is analysed in real time and then picked apart in the pub and in the press afterwards. 'Why did they miss that penalty?', 'What made them fall at the first jump?', 'That press conference was a bit weird.' We can all speculate, but what's really going on? Gary Bloom is a sports psychotherapist. He works with footballers, cricketers, rugby players, jockeys, Olympians and many other athletes besides. They might seem like superheroes on the pitch, but in the dressing room they're just like anybody else, subject to the same emotional pressures that affect us all. In Keeping Your Head in the Game we peer into this highly confidential world. We follow the journeys of 10 athletes in their therapy sessions with Gary, from a rugby player arrested for a drunken brawl, through a homesick cricketer on tour, to a snooker player struggling with his feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. Structured around the emotions we all experience on a daily basis - shame, anger, fear, jealousy and envy, love - chapter by chapter, the inner traumas that have an impact on the performance of these sports personalities are revealed, explained and resolved. Seeing how they overcome their demons is a powerful way of tackling your own and, as Gary says, happier players play better - in sport and in life.

©2021 Gary Bloom (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Gary Bloom
Author: Gary Bloom
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Endure

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Featuring a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell Writing from both the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the front-lines of elite athletic performance, National Magazine Award-winning science journalist Alex Hutchinson presents a revolutionary account of the dynamic and controversial new science of endurance. The capacity to endure is perhaps the key trait that separates champions and determines great performance in any field - from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing finals. But what if everything we've been taught about endurance was wrong? What if we all have more potential than we think to go farther, push harder, and achieve more? Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell - who forewords the book - Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests that the seemingly physical barriers you encounter are mediated as much by your brain as by your body. But it's not "all in your head." For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores - pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel - he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and muscle by telling the riveting stories of men and women who've approached (and sometimes surpassed) their own ultimate limits. As the longtime "Sweat Science" columnist for Outside and Runner's World as well as a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and New York Times, Hutchinson draws on his background as a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist. But the lessons he draws from traveling to labs around the world and trying out new endurance-boosting techniques like electric brain stimulation and brain endurance training are surprisingly universal. Endurance, he writes, is "the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop" - and we're always capable of pushing a little farther.

©2018 Alex Hutchinson (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Robert G. Slade
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Mental Toughness for Young Athletes (Parent's Guide)

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Finally! There is a mental-toughness book for young athletes! Hey Parents, Troy Horne here. Your mental-toughness guide! If you are reading this, you probably have a young athlete who struggles with in-game confidence and maybe even sports-performance anxiety. I am here to help parents understand how to help your young athlete navigate this mental-toughness journey. I know where you are, and I know how to help you help your young athlete find their mental toughness. I have purchased a lot of books about mental toughness in sports. To be honest, most of the books that we read were not a good fit for young athletes because they were either created for adults or not created for youth athletes in competitive sports. There is a difference. Parents! Since there wasn't anything out there for elite athletes, I did what every youth-sports parent does when they want to help their kid.  I took the long journey of ups and downs. I struggled to help my young athlete find his mental toughness. It was rough! However, luckily along the way, we found the winning formula, thanks to being able to talk with sports icons personally. We launched a podcast together, and on it we interviewed mental-toughness giants of sports like Chauncey Billups, Tywanna Smith, Keiko Yoshimine, Earl Boykins, Jason Richardson, and Kobe Bryant! I studied what they did and said based on our interviews, and I came up with a mental-toughness plan that worked! I followed their journey and their advice. I wrote down what worked for my young athlete, and I put it in this book so that you would be able to skip a lot of the struggle and failure parts. No need for everyone to struggle right?  In this book, I am going to share with you what I learned from talking to NBA athletes, NFL athletes, EuroLeague athletes, college coaches, and college athletes as well. Does your child perform better in practice than they do in the game or when the "lights come on"?  Do they seem like they are losing their love for the game? Do you want to help them? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are in the right place. This book provides the answer that you have been looking for! I can say this with confidence because I have used everything that I am going to share with you in this book with my son, and it has worked. What a blessing to get the keys to mental toughness straight from greats! I look forward to sharing what we've learned with you! This stuff is a game-changer, and it's made specifically for young athletes! Order now to improve your young athlete's mental-toughness level for good!

©2020 Buggily Group Inc (P)2020 Buggily Group Inc

Narrator: Troy Horne
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Play Your Best Golf Now

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Building on the core concepts introduced in Every Shot Must Have a Purpose and the strategic thinking in The Game Within the Game, Play Your Best Golf Now takes the mystery out of the soft skills of golf and shows golfers how to add these skills to their game for peak performance. Players learn to master the 8 Essential Playing Skills:  Leave your mind behind and enter the Play Box;  Decide and commit to your shots;  Find your balance both physically and mentally;  Feel your tempo on the course and dance to its rhythm;  Tame tension to improve your swing;  Build emotional resilience;  Store memories and learn from the past to make a better present; and  Drown self-talk in useful thoughts. And two essential practice skills: Simulate golf on the practice range to maximize your time and effort Integrate skills and practice with a plan These essentials complement the technical anchors of the game - the grip, the stance, the swing - and give players a foundation for achieving their peak performance.

©2011 Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Eva Wilhelm
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
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The Little Book of Breaking 80

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In The Little Book of Breaking 80, the author, a struggling amateur golfer who finally discovered the true keys to breaking 80 after more than 30 years of trial and error, blows the cover off of the hopelessly doomed conventional approach to golf improvement that keeps most golfers stuck on the endless merry-go-round of frustration and failure. He provides a realistic blueprint for breaking 80 that any golfer of any level can easily apply and quickly see real and lasting scoring improvement. This is not a book of swing techniques. There are plenty of other resources that teach you how to swing, chip, and putt. What this book does provide is a true framework for how to break 80 and consistently shoot scores in the 70s, based on sound principles that will work for any golfer of any level. Provided you faithfully follow and apply these principles, you will begin to improve surely and steadily, to the point where you will eventually gain the ability to break 80, not just as a one-time fluke, but over and over again as a reflection of your true newfound ability.

©2014 Shane Jones (P)2020 Shane Jones

Narrator: Mark Williams
Author: Shane Jones
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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The Best

1 rating

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Never have the best sportspeople seemed so far removed from the rest of us. So how are these extraordinary athletes made, and what do their achievements tell us about success? The Best reveals how the most incredible sportspeople in the world got that way. It is a unique look at the path to sporting greatness. This is a story of origins, training, luck, and serendipity, as well as of sports science and cutting-edge technology. Packed with gripping personal stories and interviews, you will discover how the best athletes develop the extraordinary skills and muscle memory that allow them to perform remarkable acts without consciously thinking about them. The Best deconstructs the myths, like the notion that 10,000 hours of practice are needed to make it to the top, and explores the hidden power of the mind to reveal how athletes really think and process information during high octane competition. It gets inside the minds of champions, deconstructing what athletes see during matches and explaining how they do what they do. Drawing on examples and lessons from throughout the sporting world, this is for anyone who wants to know what it takes to be the best.

©2020 A. Mark Williams and Tim Wigmore (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Stuart Nurse
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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The Unstoppable Golfer

15 ratings

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From the best-selling author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, and the preeminent golf psychologist to the game’s top players, comes the defining guide to mastering the enormous challenges of chips, pitches, bunker shots, and putts. It is no secret that more than two-thirds of the shots a golfer makes are shorts ones: putts, chips, and pitches. Long drives may garner applause, but whether a golfer wants to win the Masters or just five bucks from a friend on Saturday morning, it’s the little shots that make the difference. In The Unstoppable Golfer, Dr. Bob Rotella takes the same wisdom and experience that have worked for clients like Davis Love III and David Toms to help you master this special art of short shots and avoid all the frustration out of this increasingly challenging element of the game. Requiring extraordinary levels of concentration, the short game is typically a source of fear for amateurs and pros alike. Here Dr. Rotella teaches listeners how to overcome that fear by using their minds to achieve a state of calm in which focus is on one thing alone: the hole. In addition, he explains the science of memory and how knowledge of the brain’s workings—especially those areas that deal with physical tasks—can markedly improve a golf game, particularly when it comes to getting out of a bunker or taking the measure of a long putt. For casual and dedicated golfers alike, a better short game provides one of the ultimate pleasures of the game—a pleasure they will come to know by training their minds with The Unstoppable Golfer.

©2012 Dr. Bob Rotella (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Bob Rotella
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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Mental Combat

1 rating

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Finally! An easy way to use the science of sports psychology to skyrocket your performance! You may already know that pro athletes use the power of sports psychology to boost motivation, manage nerves, and become top performers. The problem is that many of these techniques are kept secret, and other guides are heavy and full of jargon. So how can you use the simple power of sports psychology techniques to revolutionize your performance today? Clearly you need more than just a system; you need the right kind of system. Not just the science behind mental strength but a super-simple, step-by-step guide to unlocking the power of your brain. As a best-selling author and martial arts and fitness coach, I've been lucky enough to work with some of the best experts around the world. With input from top instructors and researchers, I discovered easy tactics that can be effortlessly used by everyone, from fitness fans, runners, and gym athletes to combat styles like boxing, MMA, and martial arts. Even the busy office worker can dominate any competitive or stressful event in minutes! This is mental combat...and once applied to your training, it quickly revolutionizes performance - every time! What is mental combat? Mental combat is a simple, easy set of tactics for unlocking the full power of your brain and body. Moreover, it gives you the proven scientific benefits of sports psychology without needing to understand the complex history and theories. While traditional guides can be heavy and difficult to follow, Mental Combat is a simple, tactical approach. Perfect for martial artists, fitness fans, gym enthusiasts, and even the busy office worker! Stressful, nerve-racking events become a walk in the park when transformed using the right techniques. A busy and cluttered mind becomes laser focused. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Phil Pierce (P)2016 Phil Pierce

Narrator: Jay Prichard
Author: Phil Pierce
Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
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How Champions Think

26 ratings

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From best-selling author Bob Rotella, America's preeminent sports psychologist, a groundbreaking guide to success in all aspects of life - not just sports - from business to relationships to personal challenges of every variety. Acclaimed sports psychologist Bob Rotella has advised everyone from professional golfers to NBA superstars to business executives on how to flourish under pressure and overcome challenges. Now, for the first time, he's distilled his decades of in-depth research and practical experience into a potential-unlocking guide for everyone. This exciting audiobook is not a collection of Rotella's theories; it consists of performance principles that have proven themselves in countless competitive situations, in arenas from which only the strongest minds emerge triumphant. It's a book full of insights that you can learn and use the next morning - in the office, the classroom, or wherever your quest takes you - told not in abstractions, but through case studies and stories drawn from Rotella's years teaching sports psychology, counseling athletes, and consulting for Fortune 500 companies. It explores how to keep the mind from holding you back, whatever your physical gifts or other talents. It's about how to make a commitment, how to persevere, how to deal with failure - and how to train your mind to create a self-image that promotes confidence and accomplishment. Any successful life starts with how you see yourself. And with these pearls of wisdom from the nation's preeminent sports psychologist, you can learn to achieve the success of your dreams.

©2015 Bob Rotella (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Dr. Bob Rotella
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The Amateurs

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For the first time in almost 30 years, the United States rowing team has a serious chance to win an Olympic medal in the single sculls when four genuine challengers emerge for the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics. They compete fiercely in a sport that holds no promise of financial reward. What drives these men to endure a physical pain known to no other sport? Who are they? Where do they come from? How do they regard themselves and their competitors? What have they sacrificed, and what inner demons have they appeased? Pultizer-Prize winning journalist, David Halberstam takes as his focus the competitors in the 1984 single sculls trials in Princeton - Tiff Wood, John Biglow, Brad Lewis, and Joe Bouscaren - One man will win and gain the right to represent the United States in the 84 Olympiad; the losers will then have to struggle further to gain a place in the two- or four-man boats. And even if they succeed, they will have to live with the bitter knowledge that they were not the best, only close to it.

©1985 David Halberstam (P)1985 Dove Books-On-Tape, Phoenix Books

Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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Golf Psychology - When Positive Thinking Doesn't Work

4 ratings

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An alternative to popular positive thinking, this groundbreaking audiobook on golf psychology, reveals the practical mindfulness, techniques, and philosophies that will help you to play your best golf when it matters. Author Jon Adler has worked with touring professionals and amateurs for over 10 years, helping them to overcome mental problems and blocks by developing the art of relaxed concentration. In this book there are practical exercises, psychological ideas, and interesting stories to help you to: Play your best golf when it matters Stop getting so frustrated when you play Develop a calm and equanimous mind Understand how anxiety affects your game Improve your concentration Stop doubting your ability Develop trust and confidence Discover how you get in your own way Strike the ball like you do in practice Overcome anxiety Chip it stiff Develop confidence and feel on the putting green Learn to concentrate under pressure What do you do when positive thinking stops working? Really, I’m serious. If you have ever tried being really positive while playing golf, you may have experienced some success, but what do you do when you start playing poorly? It is very hard to keep positive when you have no idea where the ball is going. I tried the positive thinking route myself and when things got tough the only explanation for my poor performance was that I was not being positive enough. There had to be more to it than that I thought, so I went about trying to discover the truth about how our mind gets in the way of good performance. What I found, changed the way I played and coached golfers forever. I am sharing my techniques with you, having practiced them with golfers of all abilities for the last ten years. The key skill that you will learn to improve is the skill that underpins peak performance in every walk of life: relaxed concentration. Golfers and golf commentators often talk about focusing well and good concentration, but there is little information about how to improve and perfect relaxed concentration, a skill that all agree is a prerequisite for good golf. This is not popular golf psychology. I will not encourage you to sit in a chair, close your eyes, and imagine yourself playing really well. If you want the positive thinking route then don’t buy this audiobook. I only deal with reality. In fact it has been said that my techniques are so simple that you actually think much less on the golf course and play better. Does that sound good to you? Are you ready to uncover your potential?

©2012 Jonathan Adler (P)2019 Jonathan Adler

Narrator: Jonathan Adler
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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The Cycling Mind

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This practical and highly accessible guide, written by British Cycling’s Lead Psychologist, will explore the importance of psychology in achieving peak cycling performance.  The audiobook will transfer the sport psychology strategies used to win Olympic gold and equip individuals with the psychological skills to pursue performance excellence in cycling and in daily life. For the last three Olympic Games the Great Britain Cycling Team has dominated the Velodrome events and is regarded as one of the most successful elite sporting setups in Olympic history. The emergence of sport psychology as a critical aspect of the Great Britain Cycling Team’s success has sparked wide interest in the psychological skills required to perform.  This audiobook will transfer the sport psychology strategies used to assist elite cyclists to win Olympic gold to individuals seeking to improve their own performance and psychological well-being on and off the bike.  The Cycling Mind will take the listener through the key stages of an athlete’s pathway, from training through to competition, and provide guidelines to developing the psychological skills to compete at their best. In addition the strategies explored in the audiobook can be applied across all high-pressure performance environments, including business and daily life.

©2019 Ruth Anderson (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Shaelee Rooke
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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Secrets of Sports Psychology Revealed

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The world of sports psychology and in the introduction of mental-skills coaches has exploded into the athletic mainstream over the last few decades. Before then, the attitude regarding such training was extremely conservative and “old school” - the prevailing philosophy was that “any athlete who needs to talk with a shrink needs to have their head examined”.   Fortunately, with today’s modern athletes, the dark ages of mental training in sports have gone away, and times have changed for the better. But as with any growing industry, there are lots of new and untested pathways to one’s mental-performance training in practices and games. But depending on who you talk to, the advice that is given can vary widely - and sometimes, even be contradictory.    The Secrets of Sports Psychology Revealed by Rick Wolff, one of the pioneers in the field of sports psychology, is based upon his many years of clinical, hands-on work with top professional and amateur athletes in a variety of sports. He provides real insight into what does - and doesn’t - work. Specifically:   Do pregame visualization techniques really work?   Is it okay to be superstitious, or are those rituals counterproductive?   Does taking a deep breath or two in a tight situation really help?   What’s the best way to learn how to make adjustments in one’s game?    These direct questions, and many others, are presented and answered in this easy-to-use how-to guide aimed directly at athletes and coaches. The answers are right to the point and are based upon the author’s observations and work over the years with top athletes.

©2018 Pond Lane Productions, Inc. (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Rick Wolff
Author: Rick Wolff
Length: 5 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Making of a Leader

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From polar explorers and politicians to CEOs and sports coaches, we are fascinated with the makeup of leaders. How do they thrive under pressure and inspire others to do the same? How do they establish a culture of long-term success? Performance psychologist Tom Young has worked closely with teams and individuals at the highest level of professional sport. He has seen how leaders in these high-pressure environments communicate, how they maintain focus and respond to challenges. In The Making of a Leader, Young shares the practical principles of sustained elite performance and shows how any individual can add value to their own business or organisation by applying these insights.  You will learn how to develop a leadership philosophy that is true to your values, effectively manage and get results from individuals and teams, establish a high-performance culture and bring value to your organisation - in short, the ingredients that make a leader. These lessons are based on interviews with:  Stuart Lancaster, current Leinster coach and former head coach of the England national RFU team Ashley Giles, ECB director of cricket during England's 2019 World Cup win Gary Kirsten, record-breaking former international batsman and World Cup-winning coach of the Indian national team Dan Quinn, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and a Super Bowl winner with the Seattle Seahawks Roberto Martinez, FA Cup-winner and Belgian national team manager  Sean Dyche, Burnley FC manager Michael Maguire, head coach of the New Zealand national rugby league team  The Making of a Leader is a unique, inspiring guide to leadership that can inspire positive results in any context, based on interviews and experiences from the cutting edge of elite sport. 

©2021 Tom Young (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Roger Davis
Author: Tom Young
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Danaher Diaries

5 ratings

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Since he burst onto the scene as George St. Pierre’s grappling coach in the late 2000’s, John Danaher has risen to be recognized as one of the foremost minds in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and competitive grappling. More than just a coach, Danaher has garnered a reputation as a philosopher of the art. His social media is read by hundreds of thousands, serving as daily inspiration for students around the world. Danaher is able to take the complex and often contradictory rules of jiu-jitsu and break them down into universal concepts.  And it’s not just talk: Danaher’s student’s are a who’s-who of combat sports. From MMA champions like George St. Pierre, to grappling phenoms like Gary Tonon and Nikki Ryan. His work speaks for itself. We’ve assembled John Danaher’s most timeless and thought provoking writings, over one hundred passages in short segments. At just a few minutes per passage, they make for the perfect quick listen before hitting the gym, a quiet moment during morning coffee, or a long afternoon listen.  Included are Danaher’s famous concepts of: Division and unity The fundamentals of guard passing and retention   Kaizen and the mindset of constant improvement Building the perfect armbars, strangulations, and leg attacks The power of asymmetry-breaking paradigms in jiu-jitsu The value of creating systems amongst the chaos of daily training Scattered throughout are the fascinating little stories of John’s life, from a philosophy major in college, to a bouncer in New York City. It’s an amazing glimpse into the thinking of a modern jiu-jitsu master.

©2019 Heroes of the Art (P)2020 Heroes of the Art

Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
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Heads-Up Baseball 2.0: 5 Skills for Competing One Pitch at a Time

3 ratings

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Who else wants a competitive edge? Join more than 145,000 players and coaches, from World Series champions to youth levels, who have found playing heads-up baseball helps them overcome the failure, frustration, and fear the game throws at you each day and instead play with confidence, consistency, and composure under pressure.  Talent, strength, and great mechanics don't matter if you can't compete in games. Developed by working with elite players and coaches over the past 40 years, the strategies and tools in this audiobook (an "upgrade" to the classic 1994 edition) arm you with the approach you need to find out how good you can be at baseball.

©2016 Dr. Ken Ravizza, Dr. Tom Hanson and Hanson House (P)2018 Dr. Ken Ravizza, Dr. Tom Hanson and Hanson House

Narrator: Michael Haytack
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Legacy

84 ratings

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The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. What is the secret of their success? And what can we - as individuals, companies and teams - learn from them? The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. In other arenas, there have been commanding sides that swept all before them, like the West Indies cricket team of the 1980s with their fearsome battery of fast bowlers, or the Hungarian football team who introduced a sophisticated new passing game and famously thrashed England 7-1 in Budapest in 1954. But what makes the All-Blacks different is their supremacy for decade after decade - their sheer consistency, longevity and sustained dominance. So, what is the secret of their success? And what can we - as individuals, companies and teams - learn from them? Whatever field we are in, how can we play like All Blacks? In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr is embedded deep into the heart of the All Blacks' set-up to reveal 15 powerful and pragmatic lessons in leadership. Revealing proven secrets of sustained success, Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: How do you turn vision into action? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure, expectation and setbacks? How do you train to win at the highest level? What is your purpose?What will be your legacy?

©2013 James Kerr (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Saul Reichlin
Author: James Kerr
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
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The Champion's Comeback

3 ratings

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Your ultimate guide to overcoming losses and injuries and achieving greatness - on and off the field. Leading sports psychologist Jim Afremow, author of The Champion's Mind, knows what makes good athletes great, especially when they come back to win after facing devastating injuries, tough obstacles, or seemingly insurmountable odds. Making a comeback isn't just about raw talent or athletic ability - it's the mental game that counts most. In The Champion's Comeback, he offers winning strategies for athletes of any age or skill level to get mentally psyched for competition, quickly rebound after a loss, and overcome injuries (and the fear of reinjury). Afremow explores the psychology of commitment and shows you how to develop the core confidence of repeat champions. Featuring unique tips and advice, including guided imagery scripts, easy-to-follow mental training exercises, and motivating stories of famous "comeback" athletes, The Champion's Comeback is the ultimate athlete's handbook, encouraging you to not only stay in the game but also achieve greatness - no matter what.

©2016 Jim Afremow, PhD (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Author: Jim Afremow
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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The Art of Mental Training

14 ratings

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Achieve the champion mindset for peak performance. Reach new levels of success and mental toughness with this ultimate guide. Learn the "Science of Success" and prepare to excel. In this concise and highly acclaimed training guide, Peak Performance Coach DC Gonzalez teaches a blend of unique mental training technologies, sports psychology essentials, and peak performance methods that are effective and motivational. Get ready to increase your self-belief, self-confidence, and mental toughness using this powerful guide designed to help you reach new levels of success, sports performance and personal development. Peak Performance Coach DC Gonzalez is among a very fortunate few who have had the unique experience of learning from the late Peter Siegel, a world renowned sports and peak performance authority, sports hypnotherapist, and Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner. This audio book is powerful. In it, Dan explains, teaches, and helps you develop the psychological skills required for peak performance, while pointing out the underlying mental training strategies that will help anyone reach higher levels of achievement and performance - not by random chance, but by focused choice. The Art of Mental Training teaches the critical essentials while interwoven with stories from Dan's fascinating background as an Aviator in the Navy, a Federal Agent, Military Cyber-Security Specialist, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and a Peak Performance Coach. Dan creates a powerful teaching connection between his adrenaline-filled life experiences and the mental skills and mental training that make all the difference. The lessons and techniques presented in this book are essential for anyone seeking more success and peak performance, whether it be on the playing field, in business, or life in general.

©2014 Daniel C. Gonzalez (P)2014 Daniel C. Gonzalez and Robert Caleb Lane

Narrator: D. C. Gonzalez
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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The Fighter's Mind

15 ratings

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In his acclaimed national best seller, A Fighter's Heart, Sam Sheridan took listeners with him as he stepped through the ropes into the dangerous world of professional fighting. From a muay Thai bout in Bangkok; to Rio, where he trained with jiu-jitsu royalty; to Iowa, where he matched up against the toughest in MMA, Sheridan threw himself into a quest to understand how and why we fight. In The Fighter's Mind, Sheridan does for the brain what his first book did for the body. To uncover the secrets of mental strength and success, Sheridan interviewed dozens of the world's most fascinating and dangerous men, including celebrated trainers Freddie Roach and Greg Jackson; champion fighters Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, and Marcelo Garcia; ultrarunner David Horton; legendary wrestler Dan Gable; and many more. What are their secrets? How do they stay committed through years of training, craft a game plan, and adjust to the realities of the ring? How do they project strength when weak and remain mentally tough despite incredible physical pain? A fascinating book, bursting at the seams with incredible stories and insight, The Fighter's Mind answers these questions and many more.

©2010 Sam Sheridan (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Author: Sam Sheridan
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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Intangibles

2 ratings

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From baseball to biology, an award-winning journalist highlights the power of team chemistry in this "terrific" data-driven investigation of human relationships (Billie Jean King). Does team chemistry actually exist? Is there scientific or mathematical proof? Is team chemistry as real and relevant as on-base percentages and wins above replacement? In Joan Ryan's groundbreaking audiobook, we discover that the answer to all of the above is a resounding "Yes". As Ryan puts it, team chemistry, or the combination of biological and social forces that boosts selfless effort among more players over more days of a season, is what drives sports teams toward a common goal, encouraging the players to be the best versions of themselves. These are the elements of teams that make them "click", the ones that foster trust and respect, and push players to exceed their own potential when they work well together. Team chemistry alone won't win a World Series, but talent alone won't win it, either. And by interviewing more than 100 players, coaches, managers, and statisticians, as well as more than five years of extensive research in neuroscience, biology, physiology, and psychology, Ryan proves that the social and emotional state of a team does affect performance. Grit, passion, selflessness, and effort matter - but never underestimate the power of chemistry.

©2020 Joan Ryan (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Joan Ryan
Author: Joan Ryan
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Above All Else

Summary

World-famous competitive skydiver and coach Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld presents proven tools and techniques for success and explains how they can be used in everyday life. Dan survived a plane crash from which 16 of the 22 people on board were killed. He was left critically injured and woke up from a six-week-long coma with a broken neck, broken skull, severe head trauma, a collapsed lung, and other serious internal injuries. Against all odds, Dan recovered and went on to become one of the greatest competitive skydiver in the world. With the love and support of friends and family, Dan was able not only to resurrect his life but return to skydiving to achieve greater heights than he could have ever imagined. His techniques and methods for excelling are applicable to all people, no matter their goals. Dan uses his experiences to teach the lessons he's learned - as a competitor, coach, business owner, father, and husband - to help others achieve their dreams, overcome obstacles, and reach their peak performance.

©2011 Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Racing Wisely

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Race wisely to achieve your personal best. You've trained for your peak race for months. When the big day comes, how will you perform? All the training in the world is useless if you can't execute your race plan and cope with unforeseen events, and subpar training can be overcome if you approach race day with the right attitude. Whether you are new to racing or have been frustrated by underperformance or setbacks, Racing Wisely gives you tools - from the practical to the philosophical - to perform to the best of your ability. You'll learn how to: Choose the right race for your personal strengths. Test yourself in training to identify the right race pace and effort. Write a race plan that helps you feel calm, prepared, and in control. Manage your energy in the week, days, and hours before the race. Warm up properly to race at your best. Pace correctly for races of every distance. Race for a personal-best time, or race competitively for place. Recover physically and mentally to set up your next personal best. Coach Sage Rountree provides concrete tips and pacing tools for athletes racing endurance events including open-water races, bike races, track, road, and trail running, multisport races, and adventure races. Learn to plan and execute perfect pacing as you race to your personal best, and gain tools to make the best of whatever situation emerges on race day. Learn to race wisely: to use your experience to grow stronger, to move faster, and to come through when it really counts.

©2013 Sage Rountree (P)2013 Sage Rountree

Narrator: Sage Rountree
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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The Mental Game of Baseball

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In this book, authors H.A. Dorfman and Karl Kuehl present their practical and proven strategy for developing the mental skills needed to achieve peak performance at every level of the game.  The theory and applications are illustrated by anecdotes and insights from major and minor league players, who at some point discovered the importance of mastering the inner game in order to play baseball as it should be played.  Intended for players, managers, coaches, agents, and administrators as well as fans who want a more in-depth look at the makeup of the complete baseball player.

©2016 Anita Dorfman (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Matthew Josdal
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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See You on the Mat

1 rating

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This book is about a journey. A journey of perspective. We all go through life with our own perceptions and expectations based on our pasts, experiences, and beliefs. Beliefs of how things are or how they should be. We interpret experiences and assign meanings to them. Many times, the meanings we assign, and the perceptions we have based on them, are very limited. We project our preconceived notions into situations which oftentimes keeps us from fully understanding or appreciating the opportunities we have at our fingertips. In this story, you’ll meet Spencer, a young man who thinks he knows how things are. But as you’ll see, he’s about to find out that there is so much more to people and their situations than what’s on the surface.

©2020 Marty Josey (P)2020 Marty Josey

Narrator: Marty Josey
Author: Marty Josey
Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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Invincible Mind: The Sports Psychology Tricks You Can Use to Build an Unbeatable Body and Mind!

1 rating

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Discover how to use the secret strategies of top sports psychologists to create unstoppable motivation, banish nerves, and build a smarter, stronger brain, with INVINCIBLE MIND. The follow-up to number one best seller Mental Combat....   You may already know about the power of Sports Psychology to boost physical abilities, skyrocket motivation, and banish nerves, the only problem is that most of these strategies are reserved for pro-athletes and coaches, or found in thick technical books costing a fortune.   So what is going to give you the edge, at home, at work, or at your next big competition? You need more than just facts and figures. More than technical jargon. You need easy-to-use tips and techniques in plain English. You need an Invincible Mind.   As a best-selling author, martial artist, and fitness coach, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best experts around the world. With input from top instructors and cutting-edge research, I discovered proven tactics that can be effortlessly used by everyone, whatever your challenge. Invincible Mind is the follow-up to acclaimed best seller, Mental Combat, revealing more of the powerful sports psychology tips you can use in your daily life to give you an almost unfair advantage over the competition, whether it’s at home, at the office or in sports.   Opponents become easier to overcome...or become allies! A busy mind becomes laser-focused. Nerves are quickly banished and motivation triples as you develop a calm confidence through specific sports psychology tactics.   Inside Invincible Mind, you’ll discover:  How to read any opponent using body language How to turn pain into power  The secret method for mastering any skill in 30 days How to train for lightning reflexes  Why ____Words can revolutionize your training  The strategy for creating rock-solid positive habits  How to manipulate an opponent (the right way)  The mindfulness technique everyone should know  And much more!   Get your copy now! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Phil Pierce (P)2019 Phil Pierce

Narrator: Jay Prichard
Author: Phil Pierce
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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The Three Principles of Outstanding Golf

1 rating

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Is your golf driving you crazy? This audiobook will tell you why. To reach your potential as a golfer, it helps to understand two things: You need to understand the game, and you need to understand yourself. The game is simple; get the ball in the hole as quickly as you can. It’s the second element that leaves many golfers confused. A simple game becomes more complicated than it should be when a golfer doesn’t understand how their mind really works. This misunderstanding is revealed in the questions they ask themselves when they play or practice. Why do I rarely play my best golf when I really want to? Why is it so difficult to fix and improve my golf swing? Why do I feel so nervous on the first tee? Why do I always sabotage myself when I have a good round going? Why do I enjoy golf one day but find it frustrating and hard work the next? Many golf psychology guides offer mental strategies and techniques to cope with the apparent pressures of the game and to address how golfers feel on the golf course. This audiobook is different. It reveals the cause of the doubts and fears rather than trying to fix the symptoms. 

©2016 Sam Jarman (P)2020 Sam Jarman

Narrator: Sam Jarman
Author: Sam Jarman
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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It Takes What It Takes

60 ratings

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Performed by Trevor Moawad with a foreword written and read by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson From a top mental conditioning coach - "the world’s best brain trainer" (Sports Illustrated) - who has transformed the lives and careers of elite athletes, business leaders, and military personnel, battle-tested strategies that will give you tools to manage and overcome negativity and achieve any goal. He knows how to win. More, he knows the many ways - subtle, brutal, often self-inflicted - we lose.  As the most trusted mental coach in the world of sports, Trevor Moawad has worked with many of the most dominant athletes and the savviest coaches. From Nick Saban and Kirby Smart to Russell Wilson, they all look to Moawad for help finding or keeping or regaining their competitive edge. (As do countless business leaders and members of special forces.)  Now, at last, Moawad shares his unique philosophy with the general public. He lays out lessons he's derived from his greatest career successes as well as personal setbacks, the game-changing wisdom he's earned as the go-to whisperer for elite performers on fields of play and among men and women headed to the battlefield.  Moawad's motivational approach is elegant but refreshingly simple: He replaces hardwired negativity, the kind of defeatist mindset that's nearly everybody's default, with what he calls "neutral thinking". His own special innovation, it's a nonjudgmental, nonreactive way of coolly assessing problems and analyzing crises, a mode of attack that offers luminous clarity and supreme calm in the critical moments before taking decisive action.  Not only can neutral thinking raise your performance level - it can transform your overall life. And it all starts, Moawad says, with letting go. Past failures, past losses - let them go.  "The past isn't predictive. If you can absorb and embrace that belief, everything changes. You'll instantly feel more calm. And the athlete - or employee or parent or spouse-who's more calm is also more aware, and more times than not...will win." Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Trevor Moawad and Andy Staples (P)2020 HarperAudio

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10-Minute Toughness

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Mental training is a must for high performance both on the field and off. But simply hoping for mental toughness isn't going to build any mind muscles. You need a proven routine of daily exercises to get you where you want to go. 10-Minute Toughness is your personal coach for boosting brainpower and achieving a competitive edge in whatever game you play. With quickness and ease, you'll learn how to master your own mind and psych out your opponents using personalized techniques from one of America's most successful sport psychology consultants. Like no other program available, the 10-Minute Toughness (10-MT) routine gets you ready for the competition in just ten minutes a day. 10-Minute Toughness is expertly narrated by Brian Arens, an Audible Listener favorite. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2008 Jason Selk (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

Narrator: Brian Arens
Author: Jason Selk
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ultimate Bodybuilding Training Program: Increase Muscle Mass in 30 Days or Less Without Anabolic Steroids, Creatine Supplements, or Pills

Summary

For bodybuilders to develop consistent muscle growth, they need to have a solid training plan, and they need to supplement it with great nutrition. This book will provide you with an organized training plan and calendar. Both a normal and an intense version of this training program are included in case you find the normal version not challenging enough. Make sure to include the nutritional recipes suggested in your diet to see maximum muscle development. Eat right and train hard to see real results fast. The nutritional portion of this training program comes with delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes. Muscle shake recipes are also included to help increase additional muscle growth.

©2015 Correa Media Group (P)2015 Correa Media Group

Narrator: Andrea Erickson
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Empty Cup

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The Empty Cup provides listeners with the eight keys to developing a proper mind-set for success in their martial arts training. Presented in the form of parables, these life lessons are analyzed and explained in a way that is easy to understand.  Accompanied by real-life examples from the author’s 35 years of experience in the field, The Empty Cup is a must-listen for everyone who is serious about martial artists, regardless of rank, style, or lineage.

©2018 Jeffrey D. Webb (P)2020 Jeffrey D. Webb

Narrator: Mark Rabi
Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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The Shift

2 ratings

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With its three-hour-long contests, 162-game seasons, and countless measurable variables, baseball is a sport which lends itself to self-reflection and obsessive analysis. It's a thinking game. It's also a shifting game. Nowhere is this more evident than in the statistical revolution which has swept through the pastime in recent years, bringing metrics like WAR, OPS, and BABIP into front offices and living rooms alike.  So what's on the horizon for a game that is constantly evolving? Positioned at the crossroads of sabermetrics and cognitive science, The Shift alters the trajectory of both traditional and analytics-based baseball thought. With a background in clinical psychology as well as experience in major league front offices, Baseball Prospectus's Russell Carleton illuminates advanced statistics and challenges cultural assumptions, demonstrating along the way that data and logic need not be at odds with the human elements of baseball - in fact, they're inextricably intertwined.  Covering topics ranging from infield shifts to paradigm shifts, Carleton writes with verve, honesty, and an engaging style, inviting all those who love the game to examine it deeply and maybe a little differently.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Russell A. Carleton (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Kyle Tait
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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The Performance Cortex

5 ratings

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Athletic genius explained. A groundbreaking new perspective on the science of elite sporting performance. Why couldn't Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, hit a baseball? Why can't modern robotics come close to replicating the dexterity of a five-year-old? Why do good quarterbacks always seem to know where their receivers are? In this deeply researched book, sports and business reporter Zach Schonbrun explores what actually drives human movement and its spectacular potential. The groundbreaking work of two neuroscientists in Major League Baseball is only the beginning. Schonbrun traces the fascinating history of motor research and details how new investigations in the brain are helping explain the extraordinary skills of talented performers like Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, and Lionel Messi; as well as musical virtuosos, dancers, rock climbers, race-car drivers, and more. Whether it is timing a 95-mph fastball or reaching for a coffee mug, movement requires extraordinary computation that many take for granted - until now. The Performance Cortex ushers in a new way of thinking about the athletic gifts we strain to see in our cavernous arenas. It's not about the million-dollar arm anymore. It's about the million-dollar brain. Includes a bonus PDF with charts and graphs. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2018 Zach Schonbrun (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Head in the Game

2 ratings

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An intriguing blend of science and sports that explores how some of the world's greatest athletes are utilizing the last frontier of performance-enhancing technology - the mental mapping and engineering of their own brains - for peak performance and what it means for the future of athleticism, sports, and the rest of us. Moneyball showed how statistics were revolutionizing baseball. The Sports Gene revealed the role genetics play in sports. Now, Head in the Game examines the next evolution: how mental engineering - the manipulation of the cognitive processes of the brain - can make gifted athletes even better. For years technology - from EEG (electroencephalogram) to fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to video games, tablets, and personal data collection devices - have been used with soldiers to understand their physical and mental functioning. Touching on brain functionality vital to sports - both the "hard" (coordination, stimuli processing, functional memory, decision making, load processing) and the "soft" (emotion regulation, visualization, psychology, mindfulness) - this tech is now being adopted by scores of championship franchises and top athletes - including scrappy underdogs forced to innovate and elite players looking for an advantage. Star NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, the NBA's Kyle Korver, and Olympic volleyball champion Kerri Walsh are using mental engineering to up their game. It's not luck that has transformed the San Antonio Spurs into a formidable force - it's science, Sneed demonstrates. As mental engineering becomes widespread - taking athletes who are already freaks of nature and making them better - the impact on the multibillion-dollar sports industry will be dramatic on players, managers, trainers, owners, and even fans. Interviewing athletes and coaches, visiting training camps and sports science firms, Brandon Sneed offers a firsthand, on-the-ground look at this exciting breakthrough that has the potential to transform the game - and all our lives.

©2017 Brandon Sneed (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Take Relief

Summary

Rediscover your love for the game! Remember the freedom you felt playing golf as a kid? No fear, no worries, no overthinking. You stepped up on the first tee with confidence and excitement, rather than fear and anxiety. You saw every shot as an opportunity to learn or enjoy, rather than a challenge to be overcome. Now imagine playing with that mindset today, but with all the skills, technique, and experience you have gained since. What’s stopping you? Sam Jarman is a PGA Golf professional, coach, and author of the best-selling book The Three Principles of Outstanding Golf. He played elite level golf for 10 years before becoming a coach to golfers of all levels, as well as athletes in other sports. In this new book, Sam exposes the myths and misunderstandings which stop you playing the golf you know you can. You will discover: Why your pre-shot routine could be getting in the way of hitting your best shots Why you play well one week, but badly the week after Why you forget your good shots in minutes, but remember the bad ones for years Why trying to control your thinking and mindset leads to more clutter and tension Why "hard work" might not be the "one size fits all" solution the golf instruction industry suggests it to be This book explains how you can fall in love with golf again - without changing your swing or spending hours on the driving range. Grab your copy today by clicking the "Buy Now" button.

©2019 Sam Jarman (P)2020 Sam Jarman

Narrator: Sam Jarman
Author: Sam Jarman
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Mental Training Guide for Elite Athletes

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A mental toughness playbook for athletes, parents, and coaches. In sports, and in life, mental toughness matters - even more than raw talent and skill. But young athletes can't develop it, and master other vital aspects of the "inner game", on their own. Coaches and parents play a vital role as well. In The Mental Training Guide for Elite Athletes, David Angeron speaks to all three audiences. He draws on his expertise as a sport psychology coach and his background as a college athlete and baseball scout to help listeners overcome the fear, doubt, and negativity that derail players and teams. In this audiobook you will learn: The fundamentals of the "Mental Master Method" How personality type plays into athletic excellence How to develop traits like work ethic, grit, and desire Why tools like visualization and imagery and deep breathing help "weaponize" pressure and supercharge your game How positive energy can change the trajectory of a losing season In The Mental Training Guide for Elite Athletes, Angeron will teach you the routines and exercises that great athletes use to take their performance to the next level - whether “next level” for you means making the team for the first time, or moving up to varsity, or being offered your first professional contract. When you practice these regularly and incorporate them into your life, you will be able to set and exceed goals and eventually reach your true potential. Packed with self-assessments, exercises, and engaging examples, this audiobook is a must-listen for athletes who want to transform their game and coaches and parents who guide and support them on the journey.

©2020 David L. Angeron (P)2020 David L. Angeron

Narrator: Allen R. Wazny
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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The Greatest

1 rating

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What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be as individuals, teams and organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its elusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.

©2017 Matthew Syed (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Simon Slater
Author: Matthew Syed
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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The Broken Rice Bowl

Summary

Most books on teaching the martial arts, pertain primarily to one’s wallet. The Broken Rice Bowl is a book which appeals to one’s heart. It is not a quick fix to anything. Rather, it is the telling of a tale of one man, on the quest for making better human beings through individuals stories across time. In The Broken Rice Bowl, such stories focus on what makes for a less-than-worthy teacher, and how to avoid such pitfalls with common sense and technical know-how. The Broken Rice Bowl examines leadership, conduct, morality, and identifies the difference between good and bad teaching principles.

©2020 Jeffrey D. Webb (P)2020 Jeffrey D. Webb

Narrator: Mark Rabi
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Rewire Your Mindset

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Are you in charge of your life? Or are you being swept away by things that are seemingly out of your control? In Rewire Your Mindset, the bestselling author of The Fitness Mindset, shows you how to take control of your mental, emotional and physical world. If you have ever set a goal for yourself and then self-sabotaged the moment you hit it, let fear dictate what you do, been emotionally broken by a failure, lacked confidence and felt full of self-doubt or let negative people influence you, then this is the book for you. Listen to Rewire Your Mindset to: Learn how to get the success your desire and the life you deserve! Take 100% responsibility because then you can control and change your life, Decide exactly what you want to achieve then make it happen, Believe whatever you want is possible.

©2019 Brian Keane (P)2019 Brian Keane

Narrator: Brian Keane
Author: Brian Keane
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Art of Captaincy

1 rating

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Mike Brearley is one of the most successful cricket captains of all time, and in 1981 he captained the England team to the momentous Ashes series victory against Australia. In The Art of Captaincy, his treatise on leadership and motivation, he draws directly on his experience of man-managing a team, which included a pugnacious Ian Botham and Geoffrey Boycott, to explain what it takes to be a leader on and off the field. Giving an insight into both his tactical understanding of the game as well as how to get a group of individuals playing as a team in order to get the best out of them, The Art of Captaincy is a classic handbook on how to generate, nurture and inspire success. With a new introduction by former England player and BBC commentator Ed Smith to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first publication, The Art of Captaincy remains urgently relevant for cricket fans and business leaders alike. Covering the ability to use intuition, resourcefulness and clearheadedness and the importance of empathy as a means of achieving shared goals, Brearley's seminal account of captaincy is the ultimate blueprint for creating a winning mind-set but also shows how the lessons in the sporting arena can be applied to any walk of personal or professional life.

©1985 Mike Brearley (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: Roger May
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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The Champion Mindset

1 rating

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Champions, as the familiar adage preaches, are not born - they're made. Reaching the top of any sport, or any aspect of life, takes years upon years of dedication and proper preparation. But if there's a huge pool of individuals who have undertaken the same commitment and steps towards becoming the best, what truly separates the winners from everyone else? Joanna Zeiger believes proper mental preparation is the answer. The Champion Mindset is a much-needed and long overdue look into how to program a competitor's mind to achieve optimal success. Changing behaviors and ways of thinking are never easy, but the chapters in this audiobook aim to simplify this process to make it manageable and achievable. This audiobook is for every athlete - from the weekend warrior who wants to complete in his or her first 5k running race to those who have aspirations of one day becoming Olympians and world champions. The Champion Mindset is a compendium of Zeiger's own personal journey from struggling novice swimmer to Olympian and world champion. Through steps including proper goal setting, keeping it fun, building your team, intention in training, improving motivation, promoting self-confidence, and mind/body cohesion, among others, Zeiger uses her decades of personal experience, doctoral-level research, and professional success to prepare listeners to go all-in with their mental game.

©2017 Joanna Zeiger (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Joanna Zeiger
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Motivation: Stories on Life and Success from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts

5 ratings

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This is a collection of intimate and sometimes shocking conversations about motivation with 12 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts. The end result is 12 fascinating and unexpected stories about overcoming adversity and achieving success in life and Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu has often been used as a metaphor of life, but you can replace Jiu-Jitsu with any sport, business or ambitious pursuit - the lessons are universal. What drives ambitious people is often shaped by our subconscious mind. We are not always aware of the influences driving our behavior, but you will discover underlying themes which reveal answers to the following questions: What drives highly successful people? Are they born ambitious or is it learned? What is common among extremely motivated people? What lessons have they learned during their journey? Were the sacrifices worth the rewards?

©2016 Chuck J. Rylant (P)2017 Chuck J. Rylant

Narrator: Pete Ferrand
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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GOLF: The Art of the Mental Game

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Dr. Joe Parent, PGA tour instructor, executive performance coach and best-selling author of ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game and ZEN PUTTING: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens, has drawn on a career coaching the masters to write a hundred easy to understand yet powerful tips for improving any golfer’s score, from the essentials of the mental game to helpful hints to keep your composure. As with his other books, you will find yourself returning time and again to hear what Masters and PGA Champion Vijay Singh call “lessons that make the mental game seem so simple”.

©2008 Joseph Parent (P)2010 Joseph Parent

Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
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Running & Being

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Written by the late, beloved Dr. George Sheehan, Running and Being tells of the author's midlife return to the world of exercise, play, and competition, in which he found "a world beyond sweat" that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. But Running and Being focuses more on life than it does, specifically, on running. It provides an outline for a lifetime program of fitness and joy, showing how the body helps determine our mental and spiritual energies. Drawing from the words and actions of the great athletes and thinkers throughout history, Dr. Sheehan ties it all together with his own philosophy on the importance of fitness and sport as well as his knowledge of training, injury prevention, and race competition. Above all, he describes what it means to experience the oneness of body and mind, of self and the universe. In this, he argues, we have the power to discover "the truth that makes men free".

©1978 The George Sheehan Trust; foreword copyright 2013 by Andrew Sheehan; introduction copyright 2013 by Kenny Moore (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Fear Less

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Brought to you by Penguin.  If we were truly free from fear, what could we achieve? We strive for success, but we are rarely happy. The more we try to win - putting on a brave face for work or family - the more we risk losing ourselves. And even reaching our goals can feel strangely hollow. The culprit? Fear. It makes us anxious, or shameful, or turns us into perfectionists. We pretend to be someone else while aiming for a status that’s never truly satisfying. There is another way. A way to find our true voice, to win on our own terms. Building that open mindset is at the heart of this mould-breaking book by Dr Pippa Grange, the psychologist who helped transform the England team, taking them all the way to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018. In Fear Less, Pippa Grange shows all of us how, by starting to live with less fear, we can find our real passions and deeper fulfilment. Her simple manifesto enables us to replace stress with courage and connect with the people around us on a far deeper level. This type of success isn’t about trophies or beating others, it’s about winning at the very deepest level: winning from within. It’s time to fear less.

©2020 Dr Pippa Grange (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Dr Pippa Grange
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Becoming a True Champion

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Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence from the Inside Out fills a critical need by speaking in a frank and direct voice directly to today's aspiring athletes about these crucial, controversial issues and the personal choices they face. At the same time the audiobook presents them with the antidote to these negative influences - the fundamental values, attitudes and concepts, both mental and practical, that support and lead to athletic excellence. A “true champion” is an athlete with the specific qualities of character, mental discipline, and physical skills necessary to generate and keep increasing athletic excellence and success throughout his or her career. These qualities can be learned and developed; they need not be inborn. Becoming a True Champion goes deeply into each quality to show developing athletes how adopting it directly affects and enhances athletic performance, longevity, and dignity. Through relevant examples, inspiring stories, and a personalized approach, the audiobook shows athletes how to avoid the many pitfalls, and overcome the inevitable obstacles, so common in today's sports culture.

©2012 Kirk Mango with Daveda Lamont (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Bob Goding
Author: Kirk Mango
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Jailhouse Strong

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Are you tired of all the latest self-help programs that drain your pocketbook and offer no real practical plans for self-improvement? Are you tired of putting in the time but continually driving down a highway of perpetual failure? For half the price of self-medicating with a six-pack, you can develop and immediately implement a plan to develop a successful mindset. Bryant and benShea share the blueprint, explained in layman's terms, for taking your mental game to the next level. The Successful Mindset is for the competitive athlete, the entrepreneur, or anyone who strives to get better and be the best.

©2014 Josh Bryant and Adam benShea (P)2015 Josh Bryant and Adam benShea

Narrator: Frank George
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Perform Under Pressure

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The transformative mind-model for performing under stress and making pressure your advantage. Used by the planet’s top performers. In Performance Under Pressure, forensic psychiatrist Dr Ceri Evans gives you the tools to take control of the moment. Beat doubt, worry, regret and burnout with simple mind techniques and discover the secret of how to be ‘comfortable being uncomfortable’. No one is immune to pressure. We all fall victim to its effects in the same ways. But pressure is misunderstood. Pressure can be your greatest ally in leading a fulfilling and successful life. The more discomfort there is in a situation, the better it is for those who have prepared. In this, his very first book, Dr Ceri Evans shares the life-changing methods he uses with some of the planet’s top performers. This book will give you a better understanding of how the brain behaves under pressure using the Red-Blue mind model, a simple, contagious and universally applicable recipe for dealing with whatever pressure you have in your life, whatever form it takes.

©2019 Ceri Evans (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Author: Ceri Evans
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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In Pro Football Black Quarterbacks and the N-Word Matters

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Ralph Cuffeea Allsopp wrote In Pro Football Black Quarterbacks and the N-Word Matters: The Acceptance of the Black Quarterback and the Black Male in Society to inform and sensitize the public with his unique perspective. Provocative and powerful, In Pro Football Black Quarterbacks and the N-Word Matters is a story crafted from personal passion and cultural perspective.

©2019 Ralph Cuffeea Allsopp (P)2020 Ralph Cuffeea Allsopp

Narrator: T.S. Coleman
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Zen Jiu Jitsu: Over 40

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Over 40 and training in BJJ? Zen now offers new concepts that will change the way you think and train instantly. This is the audiobook I wish I had when I began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. My age, I didn't think was a factor at the time and now after many years on the mats, I've found that certain strategies and concepts when applied save me from constantly being injured or de-motivated by plateaus. I know how it feels to wonder if this is a long term game or just something I wish I could be good at. Follow the advice and ideas in this audiobook and you'll be training into your 70s! Topics covered include: Having a training life Motivation Age versus talent Getting and staying fit Staying Injury Free... and much more The features in Zen Jiu Jitsu for the over-40s cover a lot of ground... Drilling and how it impacts your progress; promotions and their ability derail or support your game; nutrition tips; advice on training aids and resources.

©2012 Barry Crowther (P)2014 Barry Crowther

Narrator: Kirk Hanley
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Mind Hack Your Golf

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How would you like to take charge of your mind and play your golf on your own terms?  While most mental-skills guides for golf adopt a narrow focus on teaching skills that target performance, this audiobook uses a holistic approach and provides tools to organize your thinking. You will learn to direct your mind with focused purpose to help you achieve your goals. Mind Hack Your Golf explores the five Ps of a great golf mind: Preparation - focuses on building self-awareness as one of the essential key ingredients that will help you to develop the golf champion mind-set. Practice - introduces you to mindfulness practices, concentration techniques, self-talk, and imagery that helps to build your mental-skills tool kit. Performance - highlights the stages of skill development and the importance of managing your emotions so you can consistently perform without fail. Pursuit - explores the benefits of positive emotional states and identifies core values that build character while promoting enjoyment and success. Progress - promotes an action-learning approach that encourages you to keep things simple while focusing on specific aspects of practice. The tips, tricks, and strategies in this audiobook will provide a solid platform for you to create your own mind mastery. All you have to do is implement the tactics in this audiobook to take your golf game to the next level.

©2018 Dr Margaret Potter (P)2018 Dr Margaret Potter

Narrator: Xana Chambers
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Success

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This book is a collection of intimate and sometimes shocking conversations about success. Each story will inspire, enlighten, and entertain you. In Success, not only did I seek to discover what motivates high achievers, but I also dug for the philosophies that lead to success. During these interviews, I asked uncomfortable questions that led to answers that often surprised even the athletes being interviewed, because it is the subconscious mind that drives most ambitious people to achieve. Each athlete came from a diverse background, but there were common themes that every reader can embrace and model in their own lives. A key takeaway was how each fighter defined success - often their answers contradicted societal norms. Jiu-Jitsu has often been used as a metaphor for life, but in these stories, you can replace Jiu-Jitsu with any ambitious pursuit - the lessons are universal. Get ready for an intense journey.

©2019 Chuck Rylant (P)2019 Chuck Rylant

Narrator: Pete Ferrand
Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible