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Performing Under Pressure: Gaining the Mental Edge in Business and Sport

Book Description

People in sport, business, the arts, and in virtually all walks of life are increasingly challenged with the pressure to perform and excel. In business the screws are continually being tightened. Customers need things done faster, better, and less expensively. In sport the push to compete and excel is ever present and the ethic is you are only as good as your last season or last game. Performing Under Pressure is for anyone interested in insights and techniques that will help them to succeed... and do so with more ease. The book is filled with a variety of engaging and illustrative examples and a training program to master the elements of performing under pressure.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  3. INTRODUCTION: WE ARE ALL PERFORMERS
  4. 1. PRESSURE
    1. 1.1. The Seminar
    2. 1.2. Feeling less Pressured: Two Approaches
    3. 1.3. Who Are You? What Are You About?
  5. I. WINNING PROGRAMS
    1. 2. POWER THOUGHTS
      1. 2.1. Professional Thoughts
        1. 2.1.1. TRAINING NOTES
          1. 2.1.1.1. Power Thoughts
    2. 3. HIGH-PERFORMANCE IMAGERY
      1. 3.1. Goal Imagery
      2. 3.2. Mental Rehearsal
        1. 3.2.1. Define what you want.
        2. 3.2.2. Relax—then image.
        3. 3.2.3. Be positive.
        4. 3.2.4. Easy first.
        5. 3.2.5. Create winning movies.
        6. 3.2.6. Keep it brief.
        7. 3.2.7. Use all the senses.
      3. 3.3. Stimulating or Identity Images
      4. 3.4. Three Guidelines for Using Your Identity or Stimulating Images
        1. 3.4.1. Choose something with which you can want to identify.
        2. 3.4.2. Keep focal images brief.
        3. 3.4.3. Enrich your images with feeling.
        4. 3.4.4. TRAINING NOTES
          1. 3.4.4.1. Winning Imagery
  6. II. THE SHIFT: Positive Focus, Positive Feelings
    1. 4. CHANGING CHANNELS
      1. 4.1. Fear
      2. 4.2. Pain
      3. 4.3. Difficulty
        1. 4.3.1. TRAINING NOTES
          1. 4.3.1.1. Changing Channels
    2. 5. TENSION RELEASE
      1. 5.1. Tension-Release
      2. 5.2. A Question I'm Frequently Asked
        1. 5.2.1. TRAINING NOTES
          1. 5.2.1.1. Tension Release
  7. III. CONSCIOUS BREATHING
    1. 6. RHYTHM
      1. 6.1. TRAINING NOTES
        1. 6.1.1. TRAINING NOTES
          1. 6.1.1.1. Rhythmical Breathing
    2. 7. INSPIRATION
      1. 7.1. A World Series Wonder
        1. 7.1.1. TRAINING NOTES
    3. 8. CONTINUITY
      1. 8.1. Waves of Power: A Review
      2. 8.2. Breaking That Tensing Habitual Stress Factor
        1. 8.2.1. Breathing for Doing... and Being
        2. 8.2.2. TRAINING NOTES
          1. 8.2.2.1. Coaching Continuity
    4. 9. STREAMING
      1. 9.1. Streaming
        1. 9.1.1. Streaming as a Way to Release Tension
        2. 9.1.2. Streaming as a Way to Enhance Performance
        3. 9.1.3. Streaming as a Way to Reduce Pain and Promote Healing
        4. 9.1.4. TRAINING NOTES
    5. 10. BLOWING OFF TENSION—ENERGIZING
      1. 10.1. Drawing the Power Back
      2. 10.2. Calming Down
        1. 10.2.1. TRAINING NOTES
  8. IV. ATTITUDE, INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, AND LIFESTYLE
    1. 11. A WINNING, PERFORMING-UNDER-PRESSURE ATTITUDE
      1. 11.1. Motivation
        1. 11.1.1. Clarity
        2. 11.1.2. Meaning
        3. 11.1.3. Belief
      2. 11.2. Commitment
      3. 11.3. Confidence
      4. 11.4. A Sense of Deserving
      5. 11.5. Mental Toughness
      6. 11.6. Identity
        1. 11.6.1. TRAINING NOTES
          1. 11.6.1.1. A Winning Attitude
    2. 12. INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
      1. 12.1. Coaching
      2. 12.2. Vive La Différence
      3. 12.3. Take Stock
        1. 12.3.1. TRAINING NOTES
          1. 12.3.1.1. Know Thyself
    3. 13. A HIGH-PERFORMANCE LIFESTYLE
      1. 13.1. Pay attention to your diet.
      2. 13.2. Exercise intelligently.
      3. 13.3. Experience quality recreation.
      4. 13.4. Re-lax.
      5. 13.5. Develop empowering relationships.
    4. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  9. BIBLIOGRAPHY