Psychology of Champions

Psychology of Champions

How to Win at Sports and Life With the Focus Edge of Super-athletes

Book - 2008
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ABC-CLIO
In this unprecedented book, two psychologist researchers interview sports legends and super-athletes across sports to explain the thinking that powers stellar performers, pushing them to amazing and historic successes.
The first book to gather firsthand accounts of successful practices, and thinking habits, of sports legends and super-athletes--from across sports including football, baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, car-racing, and swimming--this work holds lessons that can power not only athletic success, but winning in any daily challenges of life or work. The result of years of research, Psychology of Champions offers the very personal words of star athletes who explain how they overcame such obstacles as fear, discouragement, and anxiety, and were able to move on to success. Each story--including from those of baseball great Ted Williams, basketball star Michael Jordan, football's famed Deion Sanders, and dozens more from across sports --is unique. Yet, the authors determine that, when all is said and done, the overriding variables accounting for the greatest success fall into three categories: motivation, confidence, and concentration. Barrell and Ryback spell out the "rules" for such success after each section in this absorbing book. The result is a book that not only entertains and educates us with firsthand accounts of ever-popular sports heroes, but also instructs athletes, amateur or professional, and arguably anyone with a goal to achieve in work or life.

Greenwood Pub Group
The first book to gather first-hand accounts of successful practices, and thinking habits, of sports legends and super-athletes - from across sports including football, baseball, and basketball to boxing, golf, car-racing, and swimming - this work holds lessons that can power not only athletic success, but winning in any daily challenges of life or work. The result of years of research, Psychology of Champions offers the very personal words of stellar athletes who explain how they overcame such obstacles as fear, discouragement, and anxiety, and were able to move on to success. Each story - from those of baseball great Ted Williams, basketball star Michael Jordon, football's famed Deion Sanders, NASCAR's, and dozens more from across sports - is unique, but the authors determine when all is said and done the overriding variables accounting for the greatest success fall into three categories - motivation, confidence, and concentration. Barrell and Ryback spell out the "rules" for such success after each section in this absorbing book. The result is a book that not only entertains and educates us with first-hand accounts of ever-popular sports heroes, but also instructs atheletes, amateur or professional, and arguably anyone with a goal to achieve in work or life.

Book News
Educator, research and consultant Barrell and psychologist Ryback mine a rich collection of commentary from dozens of sports notables from golf, boxing, football, baseball, basketball, car racing and swimming to assemble a systematic approach to focusing energy on what really matters when the goal is to win. Most important, they find is motivation, confidence and concentration, traits all winners have and the second-tier seem to forget. Punctuated by anecdotes, this will entertain fans as well as educate them about how behaving like a sports legend can pay off in professional life. Includes a range of biographical sketches of sports figures and plenty of quotable moments. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, c2008
ISBN: 9780313354366
0313354367
Characteristics: xxxviii, 196 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ryback, David

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