BookPerform to your potential with proven mental training techniques! Achieving Excellence: Mastering the Mindset for Peak Performance in Sport and Life offers a variety of peak performance strategies to help athletes, coaches, and performers of all kinds achieve a winning mindset. The book explores sport psychology concepts and provides practical, proven strategies to incorporate into your daily life and competitive career.
Renowned mental skills coach and performance psychology expert Colleen Hacker has helped hundreds of Olympic and professional athletes to achieve their individual and team goals. In Achieving Excellence, she shares her approach for cultivating confidence, focus, and habits of excellence. She will teach you how to create action plans for success and develop performance routines that optimize achievement. Inside, you will discover the strategies and practical tools needed for success in life and sport, such as these:
- Bulleted checklists that offer step-by-step application tips for mental skills
- Sidebars that highlight strategies for overcoming common challenges
- Success stories from top athletes and firsthand accounts of their experiences using different techniques
With Achieving Excellence, you will develop a winning mindset with evidence-based, step-by-step plans that lead you to peak performance.
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AudienceAthletes and coaches of all sports, both competitive and recreational.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Getting to the Starting Line
Chapter 2. Believing You Can
Chapter 3. Chatter Matters
Chapter 4. Being in the Moment
Chapter 5. Harnessing Imagination
Chapter 6. Energy Management
Chapter 7. Control of Calm
Chapter 8. Revving the Engine
Chapter 9. The Three Cs of Performance Success
Chapter 10. Creating an Action Plan
Chapter 11. Focusing on the Right Things at the Right Time
Chapter 12. Preperformance Routines
Chapter 13. Prioritizing Self-Reflection
Chapter 14. Growing Through Adversity
Chapter 15. Bouncing Back
Chapter 16. Highlighting We Before Me
Chapter 17. Inclusive Excellence
Chapter 18. Career and Life Transition
Appendix. Learning More
Quotes“Dr. Hacker is one of the leading authorities on performance excellence. This book includes some of the same techniques and strategies she has been implementing in her own work with professional, elite, and international competitors for the last two decades. Her approach with our team wasn’t simply ‘plug and play’ coaching. It was individualized and personalized. That showed me that she respected each of us as individuals and was committed to making us the best that we could be. Whether you are a corporate executive, youth athlete, teacher, coach, artist, parent, or elite athlete, the knowledge and opportunities for application in this book will assist your training and performance.”
Mia is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She was named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year five years in a row and won three ESPY awards, including Soccer Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. The Women's Sports Foundation named her Sportswoman of the Year twice. A co-owner of Los Angeles FC and Angel City FC, Hamm is also chair of the Mia Hamm Foundation. She has been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, was the first woman inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame, and was recently inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
“In cutthroat, competitive arenas, the focus is often (mis)placed on your opponent or the other team. In Achieving Excellence: Mastering Mindset for Peak Performance in Sport and Life, Dr. Hacker helps center you, the performer, by highlighting the mental skills and strategies that will help close your performance gap in sport and life. By focusing on your own game through self-awareness and personal control, you are much more likely to enjoy the journey in your own pursuit of excellence.”
Nomar is a retired Major League Baseball player and current SportsNet LA analyst. He played nine seasons as a shortstop for the Boston Red Sox and played shortstop, third base, and first base for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Oakland Athletics. He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams during a single game and is the only player to achieve the feat at his home stadium. Garciaparra is a six-time All-Star, was the American League Rookie of the Year, and was the American League Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop. He is a lifetime .313 hitter, had the highest single-season batting average by a right-handed batter in the post–World War II era, and was the first right-handed batter since Joe DiMaggio to win the American League batting title in consecutive seasons. Nomar is a minority investor in Los Angeles FC.
ExcerptsBeing in the Moment
Creating an Action Plan
Developing Inclusive Excellence in Performance Domains