The Mindful Athlete

Author: George Mumford
Publisher: Parallax Press
ISBN: 9781941529072
Release Date: 2015-04-17
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Michael Jordan credits George Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership of the Bulls, helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships. Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom and countless other NBA players turn around their games. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford is sharing his own story and the strategies that have made these athletes into stars in The Mindful Athlete: The Secret to Pure Performance. His proven, gentle but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques can transform the performance of anyone with a goal, be they an Olympian, weekend warrior, executive, hacker, or artist. Mumford’s deeply moving personal story is unforgettable. A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved. The meds that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin. After years as a functioning addict, Mumford enrolled in Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, and made meditation, on and off the cushion, the center of his life. He kicked drugs, earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology and began teaching meditation to inmates and others. When Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls to play baseball in 1993, the team was in crisis. Coach Phil Jackson, a long-time mindfulness practitioner, contacted Dr. Kabat-Zinn to find someone who could teach mindfulness techniques to the struggling team—someone who would have credibility and could speak the language of his players. Kabat-Zinn led Jackson to Mumford and their partnership began. Mumford has worked with Jackson and each of the eleven teams he coached to become NBA champions. His roster of champion clients has since blossomed way beyond basketball to include corporate executives, Olympians, and athletes in many different sports. With a charismatic teaching style that combines techniques of engaged mindfulness with lessons from popular culture icons such as Yoda, Indiana Jones, and Bruce Lee, Mumford tells illuminating stories about his larger than life clients. His writing is down-to-earth and easy to understand and apply. The Mindful Athlete is an engrossing story and an invaluable resource for anyone looking to elevate their game, no matter what the pursuit, and includes a foreword by Phil Jackson. "Self-consciousness is when you’re focused on how you’re doing instead of what you’re doing. We have to learn how to push and challenge ourselves, but not in an insensitive way. Honing your performance really comes down to being comfortable with being uncomfortable."—George Mumford

Visions to the Top

Author: Justin O. Ledford
Publisher:
ISBN: 1533434352
Release Date: 2016-05-01
Genre:

Are you struggling to attain massive results in your life/business? Are you tired of having mediocre results only to see others achieve top performance status?No matter what your definition of success is, each one of us has the dream of being successful and living healthy.Maybe you want to be an entrepreneur, business owner, coach, or top salesperson. Maybe you just have the dream of living a level 10 life and achieving all your goals.Success of this magnitude does not have to continue to be a dream. It can be a reality. Visions To The Top reveals the proven approach that all the top experts and millionaires are using to become successful: Increasing finances, health, productivity, overall happiness, and physical well-being.From Napolean Hill to Tim Ferriss, from Tony Robbins to Albert Einstein - and even Oprah Winfrey...you'll discover their top techniques on how to use mental imagery and visualization, meditation, and productivity. You will also be given the tools you need to unlock the awesome powers of your subconscious mind to build your dream life, create long term wealth, ultimately live intentionally with true fulfillment.You may be asking yourself: How is it possible to live your dream life with how busy you are? And how can you be more productive and make more money now and in the future? How can you seize opportunities with ease? In this conversational, and action-oriented book, Justin Ledford answers each of these questions and much more through a tried, tested, and proven Daily V.I.S.I.O.N.S(tm) formula. With raving reviews for Visions To The Top: A Millionaires Secret Formula To Productivity, Visualization, And Meditation, Ledford has personally used every piece of information in this book for himself. In this how to guide the reader will be given: * A guide to getting more done in less time without getting stuck* How to visualize, meditate, and use mental imagery to create the life of your dreams in a way that is guaranteed for success* Journaling techniques that top performers use to maximize their day, increasing success and overall abundance* A fail safe blueprint for creating long term wealth, how to retire in the top 5%, and live a life of comfort and ease that 95% of world misses out on. * How to use specific techniques to positively transform your life, increasing your work-related health, and maximize each dayBut, don't get it twisted... This time management book is not meant to be the end all be all for productivity management. (Instead, think of these productivity tips as a whole new set of tools for your productivity tool bag.)Visions To The Top is concisely written with your valuable free time in mind, and it teaches how to design a dream life for entrepreneurs, sales people, high achievers, or anyone who struggles with work-life balance.Know that by following the step by step guide in Visions To The Top, you will successfully achieve your best life ever. Most importantly, you can use these tactics immediately to grow your business, make more money, help more people, and to see definite results.Don't you feel its time to live a life of design instead of default... create your dream life, become more productive, and enjoy higher levels of abundanc?If so scroll to the top and click the "buy now" button

Explorers of the Infinite

Author: Maria Coffey
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440631504
Release Date: 2008-05-29
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Real-life psychic, near-death, and paranormal experiences are combined with cutting-edge science and vivid adventure stories in this energetic look at why extreme athletes and mountaineers take the risks that allow them to push the limits of consciousness, and what they encounter there. In the life-or-death world of extreme adventure sports, there is one thing that athletes often keep quiet about: the “forbidden” territory of paranormal experiences. Ranging from fleeting moments of transcendence to full-blown encounters with ghosts and everything in between—visions, near-death experiences, psychic communication—many extreme athletes have experienced these moments of connection with the beyond, but have been reluctant to talk about them. In Explorers of the Infinite, award-winning outdoors journalist and lifelong adventure sports devotee Maria Coffey probes the mystical and paranormal experiences of mountaineers, snowboarders, surfers, and more. She reviews cutting-edge science, and consults the history of philosophy and spirituality to answer the question: Could the state of intense “aliveness” that is the allure of extreme sports for so many actually be a route to a connection with the beyond? Coffey investigates the scientific explanations for mystical phenomena, ranging from simple explanations to theories from consciousness studies and quantum physics, and leaves us wondering where science ends and spirituality begins. An energetic, you-are-there look at the spiritual lives of extreme athletes, Explorers of the Infinite asks why extreme athletes take the risks that allow them to push the limits of consciousness, what they encounter there, and what we can learn from them.

The Secret Power Within

Author: Chuck Norris
Publisher: Broadway
ISBN: 055306908X
Release Date: 1997-01
Genre: Philosophy

Chuck Norris explains his beliefs about Zen and everyday life, describing his acting career and martial arts training and sharing his Zen-based philosophies regarding stress, overcoming failure, achieving self-confidence, and becoming spiritually rich. Reprint.

You Already Know How to Be Great

Author: Alan Fine
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101444474
Release Date: 2010-10-14
Genre: Business & Economics

A bold new approach to performance by one of the top coaches in the country. In trying to improve-on the playing field, in the office, or even at home-most people seek out new information to get to the next level. They read a book, attend a class, or hire an expert to give them an edge. But Alan Fine, an accomplished tennis, golf, and executive coach and a renowned authority on peak performance, believes that this "outside-in" method is precisely what's holding you back from doing your best work. He's found the biggest obstacle to improved performance isn't not knowing what to do; it's not doing what you already know. Ironically, the quest for information and instructions designed to help you get ahead can often interfere with your ability to focus on doing something. Fine reveals his simple and proven approach to achieving breakthrough performance. It starts with reducing the interference that blocks your potential through an amazing process called G.R.O.W. (Goal, Reality, Options, Way Forward). No matter who you are or what you do, You Already Know How to Be Great will help you eliminate what is standing in the way of your goals.

Train Your Mind for Athletic Success

Author: Jim Taylor
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442277090
Release Date: 2017-10-06
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Much too often, the mental aspect of sport performance is overlooked. While all top athletes are in outstanding physical condition and technically exceptional, mental preparation is often what separates the best from the rest. This is just as true for young athletes as it is for pros and Olympians. And even though relatively few athletes will ever reach the top of their sport, the attitudes and life lessons learned from mental training—such as motivation, confidence, focus, perseverance, and resilience—will serve them well in all aspects of their lives. In Train Your Mind for Athletic Success: Mental Preparation to Achieve Your Sports Goals, Dr. Jim Taylor uses his own elite athletic experience and decades of working with some of the world’s best athletes to provide competitors of every ability with insights, practical exercises, and tools they can use to be mentally prepared when it really counts. His Prime Sport System explores the attitudes that lay the foundation for athletic success, the mental obstacles that can hold athletes back, the preparations they must take, the mental muscles they should strengthen, and the mental tools they need to fine tune their competitive performances. Most importantly, Dr. Taylor shows athletes practical strategies they can use to become mentally strong so they can perform their best when it matters most. Train Your Mind for Athletic Success goes well beyond the typical mental skills that are discussed in other mental training books. Readers will not only learn why mental preparation is so important to athletic success, but also where they personally are in each area thanks to brief mental assessments in each section of the book. In addition, each chapter includes exercises to show athletes how to incorporate mental training directly into their overall sport training regimen. The most comprehensive and in-depth book on mental preparation for athletes available, Train Your Mind for Athletic Success is an essential read for athletes, coaches, and parents.

Thoughts Without A Thinker

Author: Mark Epstein
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465063925
Release Date: 2013-07-30
Genre: Psychology

The line between psychology and spirituality has blurred, as clinicians, their patients, and religious seekers explore new perspectives on the self. A landmark contribution to the field of psychoanalysis, Thoughts Without a Thinker describes the unique psychological contributions offered by the teachings of Buddhism. Drawing upon his own experiences as a psychotherapist and meditator, New York-based psychiatrist Mark Epstein lays out the path to meditation-inspired healing, and offers a revolutionary new understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life.

Zen Golf

Author: Joseph Parent
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385507158
Release Date: 2002-06-18
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and most important, concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. The goal of achieving clear thought is also at the heart of Buddhist teachings. In his highly original and groundbreaking book, noted PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot. Zen Golf presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery.” Dr Parent’s unique PAR Approach (focusing on Preparation, Action, and Response to Results) guides golfers with specific techniques for each aspect of their games. In chapters such as “How to Get From the Practice Tee to the First Tee”, “You Produce What You Fear”, and “How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf”, the author shares a personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of professionals and amateurs alike. By combining classic insights and stories from Zen tradition, Zen Golf helps eliminate the mental distractions that routinely cause poor shots and loss of concentration, allowing golfers to feel in “the zone” that professionals have learned to master. Clear, concise, and enlightening, Zen Golf shows golfers how to prepare for, execute, and equally important, respond the results of any golf shot. A different approach to golf instruction, this book shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings. From the Hardcover edition.

Coherence

Author: Alan Watkins
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 9780749470067
Release Date: 2013-11-03
Genre: Business & Economics

Every business leader faces innumerable challenges every working day, each one taking their toll on precious energy levels and the ability to respond and react positively in a commercial environment. Coherence recognizes the key factors that take their toll on a leader's effectiveness and ability to lead, and provides the reader with unique solutions designed to improve physiological factors that impact on core competencies. Problems today cannot be solved with yesterday's level of thinking. CEOs fail and leaders burn out because our thinking has not sped up or powered up. The author not only recognizes that leaders have the potential for limitless processing power, but shows them how to access it, taking them back to fundamentals and, quite literally, to the heart of who we are and how we function successfully. By showing leaders how to be 'younger, smarter, healthier and happier' Coherence gives every decision maker the power to make influential decisions under pressure and achieve sustainable success at every level.

The Inner Game of Tennis

Author: W. Timothy Gallwey
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307758850
Release Date: 2010-06-30
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. Now available in a revised paperback edition, this classic bestseller can change the way the game of tennis is played. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Stillpower

Author: Garret Kramer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451688696
Release Date: 2012-06-05
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Unlock the keys to happiness and freedom, fuel performance, and achieve excellence in sports and in life with the clarity of stillpower—finding the ultimate zone within. What if everything you’ve been taught about performance is wrong? When the going gets tough, stillpower—not will power—is the best response. For years, athletes, coaches, parents, and organizations have searched for the secrets to optimum mental performance. Stillpower offers a simple, revolutionary, yet dynamic, approach for the future. Stillpower uses real-life examples to explore such questions as: What is “the zone” and what must we do (or not do) to get there? Why do we need to understand the difference between insight and intellect? Is goal setting really useful? Why doesn’t willpower work? And why do the best mentors focus on a person’s state of mind and not behavior? Virtually all of us—athletes and non-athletes alike—are looking outside of ourselves, trying to find the secret to success. Stillpower encourages us to look within to finally find the answers.

The Champion s Mind

Author: Jim Afremow
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 9781623361495
Release Date: 2015-05-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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.

The Zen of Listening

Author: Rebecca Z Shafir
Publisher: Quest Books
ISBN: 9780835630078
Release Date: 2012-12-20
Genre: Self-Help

TV, radio, traffic, telephones, pagers - our minds are bombarded daily by constant noise and clutter. No wonder so many people find it increasingly difficult to listen and comprehend. Simple pieces of information such as names go "in one ear and out the other." Poor listening may have tragic consequences such as the Challenger disaster and the Potomac River crash of 1982, or it can result in smaller tragedies such as lost promotions, stalled marriages, and troubled children. Rebecca Shafir assures us that we can transform every aspect of our lives, simply by relearning how to listen. The Zen of Listening is grounded in the Zen concept of mindfulness, a simple yet profound way of learning how to filter our distractions and be totally in the present. Rather than a list of tricks, this book is an all-encompassing approach allowing you to transform your life. Readers will be amazed at how simply learning to focus intently on a speaker improves the relationship, increases attention span, and helps develop negotiating skills. Learn the great barricades of misunderstanding, find out how to listen to ourselves, discover how to listen under stress, and boost our memory. This is a fun and practical guide filled with simple strategies to use immediately to enjoy our personal and professional lives to the fullest.

Presentation Zen

Author: Garr Reynolds
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780321601896
Release Date: 2009-04-15
Genre: Business & Economics

FOREWORD BY GUY KAWASAKI Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the Net — presentationzen.com — shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making "slide presentations" in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.