Mental Toughness in Sport

Author: Daniel Gucciardi
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136999918
Release Date: 2012-04-27
Genre: Sports & Recreation

First published in 2011. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Mental Toughness

Author: Michael Sheard
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415578950
Release Date: 2012

Mental toughness is one of the most common terms used in sport – by athletes, coaches, spectators and the media. However, it is also one of the least understood terms. This book examines the characteristics and development of mentally tough sport performers, and presents the cutting-edge research in this area. Within these chapters, the author proposes that mental toughness is a personality style and mindset, and presents a compelling case for its inclusion within the positive psychological paradigm. This second edition has been updated to include new material on the characterisation, conceptualisation, measurement, and development of mental toughness. As in the first edition the book includes a historical overview of empirical research, and also describes the conceptual arguments behind this research. Now packed with even more rigorous scientific evidence and bang up-to-date anecdotes from the world of sport, the book presents a fascinating explanation of why some athletes are successful, and how and why they stay on top. Mental Toughness: The Mindset Behind Sporting Achievement will be essential reading for all sport psychology, sport science, sport studies, and coaching students.

Mental Toughness for Sport Business and Life

Author: Robert Weinberg
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781452061597
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Business & Economics

Dr. Weinberg turns the abstract concept of mental toughness into an achievable reality. The book is a terrific read for anyone striving for excellence in business or sports. It is a clear guide through the processes and outcomes associated with attaining mental toughness.

Developing Mental Toughness

Author: Peter Clough
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 9780749463786
Release Date: 2012-02-03
Genre: Business & Economics

Mental toughness is about how effectively individuals respond when faced with stress, pressure and challenge. Understanding this concept is essential to improving performance for both the individual and the organization, and this book, one of the first in the field to take a look at mental toughness as a serious discipline, teaches you how to assess mental toughness in individuals and organizations to drive performance, improve your own ability to cope with stress and apply a range of techniques required to recognize, use and develop mental toughness effectively. Full of sample exercises and case studies, this book also features the Mental Toughness Questionnaire - a unique self-assessment tool to determine your mental toughness score and what this means. Tracing its development from sports psychology into the world of health, education and business, Developing Mental Toughness takes a deep look at mental toughness and its application at the organizational level.

Mental Toughness Training for Golf

Author: Dr. Rob Bell
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1449061907
Release Date: 2010-04-29
Genre: Psychology

“Dr. Bell’s book does a terrific job at breaking down the tools you need and to practice to become a mentally tough competitor.” –John Dal Corobbo- 2009 Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year " Mental Toughness Training for Golf is an excellent resource for coaches and players of all levels. Dr. Bell has done an excellent job compiling diverse and practical philosophies with a proven track record of success. Mental toughness and effective training is the final frontier of coaching our sport." -O.D. Vincent- 1999 National Coach of the Year " Dr. Rob has developed a road map for success. He has helped me numerous times and is very insightful about what it takes for every player to reach their full potential." -Mark Guhne- Three Time Southern Conference Coach of the Year “The practice ideas and tournament mental processes that Dr. Rob Bell reveals in this book are incredibly valuable to a player, coach, or parent. A "must read,” for anyone looking to develop mental toughness.” –Randy Wylie- Golf Digest “Best Teachers in State” Mental Toughness Training for Golf illustrates how to maximize our preparation. In this cutting edge book, you'll learn how great coaches and players create pressure in practice, how to build a human taproot, why suffering is needed, and the don'ts of mental toughness.

Mental Toughness

Author: Dr. Timothy S. Wakefield
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1468529234
Release Date: 2008-10-14
Genre: Family & Relationships

It is often said that 80% of what happens to us in life is based upon how we think. Initially, I wrote this as a letter to read to our children when they graduated from high school. I thought of this bookas I was driving down the road, takingour childrenfrom practice to practice and game to game. After we got past "how was your day?" There were many times with periods of awkward silence. Neither one of us knew what to talk about.This was a very difficult time for me. I am used to speaking in front of large crowds, but at this point I did not know what to say to my 10 year-old son. What was wrong with me? I felt foolish. So I stepped back, and analyzed my life and the lives of the successful people around me. I decided to teach my children about the things that it took me 40+ years of listening to my family, friends, mentors, taking seminars, reading books, listening to the tapes/CDs, etc. to learn to achieve success and happiness. There are hundreds of self help books, CDs, DVDs and seminars for adults. Why not teach this to kids and young adults? So I started talking to our children about positive life experiences and ways to lead a positive, happy, successful, productive life. This is what this book is about, helpingus to understand the game of life. I wanted our children to have a reference when struggling with the game of life and this book was the result of those efforts. This is a reference book that we can use again and againthroughout our life. Together we can change the world by recognizing one positive experience at a time.

The Mind Game Of Competition

Author: Kevin Seaman
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 9780983921462
Release Date: 2014-07-09
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Description by World Renowned Coach April Hartsook The only thing the truly sets individuals apart from one another is their ability to conquer their minds. Distinguishing fear based, from fact based actions and responses, allows us to overcome obstacles and achieve desired outcomes. Our thoughts are masterpieces of mental indulgence, always demanding us to harness their power again and again. Inviting us to dig deeper, expand broader, and evoke the necessary change from within, for profound personal growth. Often times we see the world as our competitor and our enemy. In reality it is the image of the world that we fight, and it is that image that paralyzes us. How we see it, and how we believe it sees us. The goal in life is not simply to exist; it is and should always be, to overcome: self, adversity, ego and fear. My role as a change agent on this planet is to teach individuals that change begins with a thought that is then followed by an action that is different from the way they have always done. In order to cease their repetitive nature and comfort of dysfunction their thinking must be altered. Only then can they embrace the possibility of a once un-achievable result. Kevin and I are very similar in the thought/action principle. Hence the reason I believe he asked me to write this foreword. After all, great minds think alike! The Mind Game of Competition is an action required book designed to educate, teach and invoke action to achieve greatness. Kevin Seaman has written a step-by- step guide that enlightens your journey by providing essential lessons and tools necessary to become a true champion in your life. Drawing on the synergies of the physical, mental and emotional aspects of competition, Kevin provides solution driven principles that will transform your thought processes and allow unbelievable results. I have spent many years writing and teaching similar ideals and principles, and I found myself motivated and inspired as I witnessed his alternative applications to those very same ideals. This book helps provide you with an understanding of who you are at this moment, coupled with an uncovering of who you want to be moving forward. Every lesson is designed to help you utilize the tools around you in order to become all that you were meant to be. In the ever-changing realm of competition, Master Coach Kevin Seaman provides the insight and initiative required to carry out all of your ambitious goals, no matter how unattainable you once thought they were. This Mind Game of Competition invites you to carve a distinctive path of unbelievable success for yourself. Competition is everywhere in all things, but application of the lessons found in this book can and will allow you to overcome anything. Go deep within your mind and learn how and why you think the way you do. Apply new techniques to propel and energize you forward, all the while reminding you that navigating this labyrinth we call life requires information, coupled with action. I have always proclaimed if you Want Different Do DifferentTM. I invite you to delve into this book deeply, process its contents again and again, and then apply them to your life on a daily basis. Stop fighting the world and start conquering yourself! April Hartsook- Fitness Philanthropist and Master Coach


Author: Sammy Franco
Publisher: Contemporary Fighting Arts, LLC
ISBN: 9781941845141
Release Date: 2015-05-04
Genre: Sports & Recreation


INVINCIBLE is a treasure trove of time-tested techniques and skills for improving mental toughness in the street, battlefield and playing field. It teaches you how to unlock the true power of your mind and achieve success in activities that demand peak performance.

Invincible: Mental Toughness Techniques for the Street, Battlefield and Playing Field is ideal for:

  • Athletes
  • High-risk professions such as law enforcement, military service, and private security
  • Self-defense students
  • Martial artists
  • Survivalists and preppers
  • Fitness enthusiasts
  • And many other activities requiring peak performance


Invincible is a life-changing book packed with practical strategies and proven techniques for mastering your mind, body and spirit! Unlike other mental toughness books, it doesn't bog you down with dry theories, mind-numbing case studies, confusing jargon or pointless anecdotal stories. Instead, it's written in simple, easily understood language, so you can immediately apply the mental toughness techniques and achieve personal success.


In this easy to follow step-by-step program, world-renowned martial arts expert, Sammy Franco takes his 30+ years of research, training and teaching and gives you simple and practical techniques to develop mental toughness and achieve new levels of personal and professional success. In fact, these are the very same techniques that have helped thousands of Franco’s students excel and achieve their personal goals.

  • Learn how to acquire the ideal mindset for peak performance
  • Learn how to confront, perform and prevail from extreme adversity
  • Maximize your performance with the complete mental toughness package
  • Learn how to achieve more success with less energy
  • Become a more confident and self-disciplined person
  • Learn how to develop laser-beam focus and concentration
  • Manage and control fear during stressful performance situations
  • Learn how to become more assertive and aggressive
  • Quickly overcome major obstacles and personal setbacks
  • Eliminate anxiety and negative thinking patterns during critical performance events
  • Pursue your goals and dreams with a renewed sense of energy and motivation
  • Overcome procrastination and inaction
  • Learn how to create and personalize your own mental toughness program
  • And much more


In this comprehensive mental toughness guide, you’ll also learn step-by-step strategies for dealing with the debilitating fear and anxiety often associated with high-performance situations. Invincible gives you the mental body armor necessary to cope, perform and prevail from all forms of extreme adversity. By studying and practicing the exercises in this book, you will feel a renewed sense of empowerment, enabling you to live life with greater self-confidence and personal freedom.

The Champion Mindset

Author: Joanna Zeiger
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781250096722
Release Date: 2017-02-14
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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 book aim to simplify this process to make it manageable and achievable. This book 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 readers to go all-in with their mental game.

HBR s 10 Must Reads on Mental Toughness with bonus interview Post Traumatic Growth and Building Resilience with Martin Seligman HBR s 10 Must Reads

Author: Harvard Business Review
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 9781633694378
Release Date: 2017-12-19
Genre: Business & Economics

Come back from every setback a stronger and better leader If you read nothing else on mental toughness, read these ten articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your emotional strength and resilience--and to achieve high performance. This book will inspire you to: Thrive on pressure like an Olympic athlete Manage and overcome negative emotions by acknowledging them Plan short-term goals to achieve long-term aspirations Surround yourself with the people who will push you the hardest Use challenges to become a better leader Use creativity to move past trauma Understand the tools your mind uses to recover from setbacks. This collection of articles includes "How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better," by Graham Jones; "Crucibles of Leadership," by Warren G. Bennis and Robert J. Thomas; "Building Resilience," by Martin E.P. Seligman; "Cognitive Fitness," by Roderick Gilkey and Clint Kilts; "The Making of a Corporate Athlete," by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz; "Stress Can Be a Good Thing If You Know How to Use It," by Alla Crum and Thomas Crum; "How to Bounce Back from Adversity," by Joshua D. Margolis and Paul G. Stoltz; "Rebounding from Career Setbacks," by Mitchell Lee Marks, Philip Mirvis, and Ron Ashkenas; "Realizing What You're Made Of," by Glenn E. Mangurian; "Extreme Negotiations," by Jeff Weiss, Aram Donigian, and Jonathan Hughes; and "Post-Traumatic Growth and Building Resilience," by Martin Seligman and Sarah Green Carmichael.

Developing Mental Toughness

Author: Timothy S. Wakefield
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781438975115
Release Date: 2009-04-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

We train people in many areas of life but we seem to forget one critical area, training their heads. You give me a person that thinks he/she will succeed, and they probably will. This is a learned behavior. A person must be taught how to act/react in many different situations. This can be the difference between succeeding and not. People must be taught how to respond to such things as winning, loosing, failing forward, dealing with jealousy, refusing to lose, competitiveness, being coachable/teachable, goal setting, developing passion, perseverance, work ethic, dedication, etc. It is often said that 80% of life is between the ears. We currently focus on training the 20% that is mostly physical. This book is designed to give us the tools we need to begin training the 80%: the mental portion of life. Coupling the physical and the mental aspects of life will assist others in becoming the best they can be. This book is about training people to get the best out of their lives. Most importantly this book is designed to teach success skills that people can use for the rest of their lives and share with others. How will the people you care about learn these skills? By chance? In the back yard? If you don't teach them, who will? People have to be trained how to use these skills or they will never be able to use them. People cannot apply what they do not understand. Will you be the one to teach them the success skills they will use for the rest of their lives? If not you, who? If not now, when? What if nobody taught them? This book is a reference that many will use for the rest of their lives.