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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Mental Game, Part Deux

So what is involved in the mental game? Obviously, quite a bit, if we are to judge by the number of books written on the subject! (And that's not even counting the additional number written about the mental game of [name of sport here].)

Let's take a look at a few titles from our shelves:

Dorfman, H.A. Coaching the Mental Game: Leadership Philosophies and Strategies for Peak Performance in Sports--And Everyday Life [796.077 DOR]. From the jacket flap:
With sections devoted to leadership style and substance, communication processes and techniques, and impact terms from the perspective of both coach and athlete, Dorman presents a tremendously readable and practical guide to putting mental theory into effective practice and performance.

Huang, Chungliang Al. Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life [796 HUA]. From the back cover:
WHY FIGHT YOUR WAY TO THE TOP WHEN YOU CAN RISE TO IT? Let go of the obsession to win--and you will be victorious. Acknowledge your vulnerabilities--and turn them into strengths. Find the courage to risk failure--and begin your journey to success.

Orlick, Terry. In Pursuit of Excellence: How to Win in Sport and Life Through Mental Training [796 ORL]. From the back cover:
...Orlick presents his special insights and experience to help you make the most of your potential. He also identifies the Seven Essential Elements of Human Excellence and provides a step-by-step plan for proceeding along your personal path to excellence.

I think the "dancing mind" philosophy appeals to me. Do you think it'll help me in my library mental game? (If you think there's no mental game involved in working at the circ desk, have I got news for you!)

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