Author: Dave Alred
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2016-04-28
Genre: Sports & Recreation
The coach who taught Jonny Wilkinson how to deal with pressure now shows all of us how to cope with life's challenges Pressure is a constant in our lives. The pressure to hit a deadline, deliver that speech, interview for the job we really want - they are all challenges we need to meet. Like a footballer taking a penalty or a golfer making a putt, how we respond to pressure defines us at work and at home. Dave Alred is an elite performance coach who works with the world's top sports stars and teams - from rugby's Jonny Wilkinson to Premiership footballers and golfers - helping them deliver when the tension is at its most extreme. In The Pressure Principle he finally shares his eight groundbreaking principles and shows how we can all apply them to our lives. From how a child-like approach can help us through tough moments, to the best ways to face an audience, to why language is the ultimate performance-enhancing drug, Pressure is the definitive guide to dealing with our challenges. Packed with accessible stories and tips, it shows how we can harness pressure to produce our best at home, at work, and in our sport or exercise - by the man who has spent his life coaching the very best. 'Dave Alred is a genius. There is simply no-one around to match him in his field' - Jonny Wilkinson Dr Dave Alred MBE is an elite performance coach who has worked with some of the biggest names in sport. His clients have included rugby's Jonny Wilkinson, George Ford and Johnny Sexton, golfers Luke Donald, Brad Kennedy and Padraig Harrington, the England Rugby team (four World Cups), the British Lions (three tours), the Springboks, the England Cricket team, and Premiership sides Manchester City, Sunderland, Watford and Newcastle. He holds a PhD in Performing under Pressure from Loughborough University. A genuine pioneer in performance mindset and attitude, his approach optimises the abilities of sports and business people alike.
Pressure is a constant in all our lives. The pressure to hit a deadline, deliver a speech, or cook for a dinner party. But how would life look if we could harness pressure and turn it to our advantage? Dealing with pressure is a skill just like any other. Even sports stars rely on tried-and-tested strategies when the stakes are high. For many, their success is down to one man: Dr. Dave Alred, MBE, widely acknowledged as one of the best coaches on the planet. A pioneer in performance psychology, he nurtured Jonny Wilkinson into rugby's most feared kicker, and has helped Premiership soccer players, number one golfers, and England cricketers deliver on the biggest stage. Now Dave Alred is finally ready to share his eight groundbreaking principles, distilling his life's work into this accessible, inspirational book. From cultivating a no-limits mindset to unleashing the performance-enhancing powers of language, The Pressure Principle will help you produce your best in work and at home.
Offers more than 20 different strategies to use to downplay and reduce the feelings of stress while under pressure in both personal and professional situations, from public speaking, sales presentations to job interviews and even playing a friendly, but competitive, game of golf. 40,000 first printing.
Jonny Wilkinson's impact on global sport has been extraordinary. Yet Jonny has faced a battle all his life to achieve success and, crucially, happiness. A crippling fear of failure, the targets he set himself and a string of injuries have caused Jonny to question his attitude to life. In this startling new book, writing with Steve Black, Jonny opens up for the very first time, revealing his darkest moments and explaining in a practical way the steps and techniques he has taken to ensure success in all aspects of his life. He still wants to be the best, but he now enjoys the journey. With never-before-told stories from his life and rugby career, this book will act as a powerful inspiration for anyone wanting to bring to the field of play - be it business, personal or sport - the very best they have to offer.
Ben Hunt-Davis won Olympic Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as part of the Men’s Rowing Eight. He and Executive Coach Harriet Beveridge have teamed up to show you how to use similar strategies to improve your own life. The pair have been road-testing these methods for 10 years, with clients from all walks of life; managers, leaders, call centre staff, sales reps, athletes and shop assistants; whatever your challenges, whatever your goals, there are ideas that will help everyone. Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? is divided into 11 chapters, each of which is split into 2 halves. Firstly, Ben provides a narrative, recounting an episode from the eight’s journey to Gold, and shows the team using the methods in action. Then comes the analysis, explaining why and how the crew did what they did. Simple and chatty, the book is a warts-and-all authentic account of a journey to success that will show you how you can succeed in whatever you want to do. It is aimed at readers interested in personal development and managers wanting to achieve corporate goals. It will appeal to sports enthusiasts, practitioners and coaches who will find the Olympic story compelling and learn plenty of techniques for improving their own game strategies.
Learn the secrets to a vastly improved memory and see if you have what it takes to be a Russian spy in this "found" KGB manual--a #1 bestseller in Russia. When most people think of the word spy, they imagine gadgets – laser pens and exploding cigarette lighters – but the most important piece of equipment an agent has is their brain. Memory is vital to the work of an agent. The need for total secrecy often prevents them from recording anything, so operatives have to rely on their brains to retain and reproduce an incredible amount of information with absolute accuracy. Inside this book we will teach you how to enhance your memory and sharpen your mind with a range of exercises developed over many years and used to train the most skillful spies the world has ever seen. You will develop skills tested in the most extreme of environments and unlock the full capability of your brain. Full of puzzles, tests tricks and brain hacks, all interspersed with a cold war spy story, the Russian bestselling phenomenon Spy School is now translated into English for the first time.
Author: Kevin Currell
Publisher: The Crowood Press
Release Date: 2016-08-31
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Performance Nutrition provides an overview of how nutrition can be used to maximize human performance. Starting with the end in mind, each chapter takes the reader from the science through to the practical application, making the science of sports nutrition accessible. The book shows how nutrition can be used to: reduce the risk of injury and illness for athletes; maximize strength gains in the gym; adapt effectively to endurance training; minimise the negative effects of concurrent training; improve competition performance (whether for football or for the Tour de France), and finally, lose weight safely and effectively to maximize performance. Packed full of information, each chapter takes the reader from the science through to the practical application. Illustrated with 40 diagrams and 18 tables.
Author: Matthew Syed
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2010-04-20
Genre: Business & Economics
In the vein of the international bestselling Freakonomics, award-winning journalist Matthew Syed reveals the hidden clues to success—in sports, business, school, and just about anything else that you’d want to be great at. Fans of Predictably Irrational and Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point will find many interesting and helpful insights in Bounce.
Even among the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn't necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience—its the mental game that matters most. Sports participation—from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level—is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their games may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: the desire to excel. In The Champion's Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, and professional athletes, including: • How to get in a "zone," thrive on a team, and stay humble • How to progress within a sport and sustain long-term excellence • Customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is dropped With hundreds of useful tips, breakthrough science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers, The Champion's Mind will help you shape your body to ensure a longer, healthier, happier lifetime.
Author: David L. Cook
Release Date: 2009
Golfers and non-golfers alike will be moved by the powerful transformation that takes place in GolfÆs Sacred Journey.ÔRead it. Devour it. Keep it as a reference book. YouÆll be glad you did. GolfÆs Sacred Journey is a remarkable and encouraging story with an entirely different approach on how to succeed in your golf game.ÖÙZig Ziglar, leading motivational expert and bestselling authorÔThis book is full of wisdom that will enhance your game and I believe it just may change your life.ÖÙDavid Robinson, NBA MVP, 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, Two Time World ChampionÔA truly thought provoking and straight-forward story that prompts you to close it up on occasion and say, ÆI got it!ÆÖÙTerry W. Darrow, Amazon« review, 10/17/08This book is about influence. The story is based on thousands of athletes the author has counseled, and the great mentors and teachers from whom he has learned, told through thelives of two charactersÙa rancher with a passion for teaching truth and a young golf professional at the end of his rope.They represent each of us in the various stages of growth. In life we must be willing to coach and be coached, for either one alone will leave us empty.
What psychological traits link Novak Djokovic and Jessica Ennis-Hill? Or Sebastian Vettel and Nadia Comaneci? What goes through an athlete's head when their life's work is at stake? What separates those who can stay at the top from those who can't? How do daredevils suppress the fear of death? What exactly is that near-mystical state known as 'the zone'? Drawing on over a hundred exclusive interviews with elite athletes from sports ranging from F1 to swimming, base jumping and cycling, In the Zone investigates with intelligence and clarity the mental processes by which champions are made.