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The Art of Mental Training: A Guide to Performance Excellence, Collector's Edition | [D. C. Gonzalez]

The Art of Mental Training: A Guide to Performance Excellence, Collector's Edition

In this concise and highly acclaimed training guide, Peak Performance Coach DC Gonzalez teaches a blend of unique mental training technologies, sports psychology essentials, and peak performance methods that are effective and motivational. Get ready to increase your self-belief, self-confidence, and mental toughness using this powerful guide designed to help you reach new levels of success, sports performance and personal development.
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Publisher's Summary

Achieve the champion mindset for peak performance.

Reach new levels of success and mental toughness with this ultimate guide.

Learn the "Science of Success" and prepare to excel. In this concise and highly acclaimed training guide, Peak Performance Coach DC Gonzalez teaches a blend of unique mental training technologies, sports psychology essentials, and peak performance methods that are effective and motivational. Get ready to increase your self-belief, self-confidence, and mental toughness using this powerful guide designed to help you reach new levels of success, sports performance and personal development.

Peak Performance Coach DC Gonzalez is among a very fortunate few who have had the unique experience of learning from the late Peter Siegel, a world renowned sports and peak performance authority, sports hypnotherapist, and Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner.

This audiobook is powerful. In it, Dan explains, teaches, and helps you develop the psychological skills required for peak performance, while pointing out the underlying mental training strategies that will help anyone reach higher levels of achievement and performance - not by random chance, but by focused choice.

The Art of Mental Training teaches the critical essentials while interwoven with stories from Dan's fascinating background as a Naval Aviator, Federal Agent, Military Cyber-Security Specialist, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and Peak Performance Coach. Dan creates a powerful teaching connection between his adrenaline-filled life experiences and the mental skills and mental training that make all the difference.

The lessons and techniques presented in this book are essential for anyone seeking more success and peak performance, whether it be on the playing field, in business, or life in general.

©2014 Daniel C. Gonzalez (P)2014 Daniel C. Gonzalez and Robert Caleb Lane

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    Sara 08-04-14
    Sara 08-04-14
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    "Sports Psychology Excellence"
    Where does The Art of Mental Training rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top at the higher levels because of it's inspirational lessons mixed with all the actionable advice and processes. I found the book to be both entertaining and educational. Loaded with instructions and explanations on how to apply the science of sports psychology, NLP, and success conditioning in order to help take one to higher levels of achievement and personal success. This is not a positive thinking type of book. It's much more powerful than that. It provides tools, knowledge, and techniques that sets this book apart from the rest.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Mental Training to and why?

    This is a pretty unique book because although there are other books out there that present pretty much the same body of knowledge, none of them do it in such an entertaining and detailed way. The book is skillfully written. Very original in it's approach to teaching all the essential material.


    What does D. C. Gonzalez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've read the book and I like the genuine pleasant tone that the author brings to the narration of the story with his voice. He brings his mentor Leo-tai alive. I also felt like I was listening to a personal coach who cared about my ability to achieve higher levels of personal success.


    What did you learn from The Art of Mental Training that you would use in your daily life?

    There is so much good advice and step by step instructions embedded and presented throughout this audio book that the list of what I learned and will be using daily would be long. However, I'd say that for sure one thing I'll be doing starting right away is using the deep relaxation technique that is taught and begin using "Imagineering" and the success conditioning process explained so well in this audio book.

    Also, now that I understand the Champion Mindset much better, and how to achieve it, I will be thinking like a champion much more consistently as I face each new day. Having the right mindset is a big part of what gets you to the next level of your true potential and that's a big part of what DC Gonzalez teaches throughout this material.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are committed to excellence and are looking for a good coach who can help you understand how to get there, then you won't be disappointed with this audio book.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    W. Ruehl 07-29-14
    W. Ruehl 07-29-14

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    "Best Sports Psych Book Out There"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. It gives very practical suggestions and skills to improve mental performance for sports or even life situations. I especially enjoyed the way the concepts and skills are introduced in the form of a story. This really helped me to connect to these ideas and kept me interested the entire time. I feel the material will help me achieve my very best in whatever I do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the relationship between Leo-tai and Danielsan. It personalized the principles and techniques in the book and made me believe that these work in real life. Danielsan seems to truly appreciate the impact Leo-tai had upon him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite chapter/scene was the battle with the raccoons and establishing the absolute importance of self-belief in anything we hope to achieve in life. The humor of the situation makes this important principle stand out to me and easy to remember.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Way to Achieve Your Goals and Dreams.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audiobook. I'd highly recommend it!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    debra kelowna, BC, Canada 08-28-14
    debra kelowna, BC, Canada 08-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A MUST for mental training"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Mental Training the most enjoyable?

    This is a fantastic book that deals with our mental thinking and how that impacts our performance. - better yet the narrative gives simple steps on how to improve on many aspects of the process. I don't often recommend books but this one is too good to miss - highly recommend!


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 07-23-14
    Shannon 07-23-14
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    "A Powerful Concise Classic with Expert Instruction"
    If you could sum up The Art of Mental Training in three words, what would they be?

    I'd start by saying this book was Excellent, Motivating, and Actionable. I learned how to set the Warrior Champion free with this great book. It taught me how to achieve the Champion Mindset with step by step instructions from Peak Performance expert D.C. Gonzalez.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way the author blended ancient wisdom with modern psychology of change technologies and sport psychology essentials while teaching with engaging stories from his life path.The details and specific instructions provided throughout by the author on how to bring together all the required elements of The Science of Success is great. He covers what to practice along with exactly how to practice the techniques that make all the difference. That's what makes this book so powerful.


    What about D. C. Gonzalez’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfect for telling the story and teaching and explaining the concepts. Since he wrote the book, the narration flows with perfect tempo and tone. The audio quality is excellent. He clearly recorded the audio in a state-of the art studio with expert production and editing. He comes across as genuine, knowledgeable, and as the internationally respected expert that he is. No wonder this book is not only a best-seller but also available in several foreign languages too.


    What did you learn from The Art of Mental Training that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned exactly how to achieve the Champion Mindset.

    I learned exactly how to gain the Mental Edge over the competition or challenging situations.

    I learned the exact strategies that lead to higher levels of performance and the author provided me with all the step by step instructions I needed in order to implement them and use them in my daily life.

    I learned exactly how to improve my self-belief, self-confidence, performance, and how to achieve at higher levels at whatever is important to me.

    I learned how to change my mental state from a disempowered state into the totally empowered state of a Champion ready to dominate.

    I learned about Imagineering, The Critical Three, Focused Breathing, the importance of deep Mental Relaxation sessions and exactly how to practice in order to improve performance results and achievements.

    I learned how to approach controlling anger, how to deal with losing and real adversity.I learned how to beat my Fear of Failure.

    I learned techniques to Control Fear, and how to stay cool under pressure.

    I learned how to shut down the Internal Critic. How to throttle my intensity before and during my event so I don't sabotage my performance.

    I learned how to get out of my own way.

    This book helped me pinpoint my dreams and how to properly set goals to achieve them. It taught me how to take the steps necessary and to do the work that is required.

    I learned how to find the quite mind and that internal state from which peak performance springs forth.

    I learned what to do and how to achieve the ability to perform in the present moment.

    I learned how a Champion prepares to win.

    The list goes on. That's why this book is so well received by people who demand exact instructions on how to become the best that they can be without getting bogged down with research details that don't help one learn.

    Instead Gonzalez packs this concise and easy to read book with detailed instructions, insight, sport psychology excellence, and stories that teach. It's entertaining and powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    Take action - listen to and enjoy this great little book. It's all memorable, motivational, inspiring and worthwhile but the ending especially hit home with me. This is one book I will listen to again and again.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce United States 09-22-14
    Bruce United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't bother with this!!!"

    After reading some glowing reviews about this book, I purchased it. First, the author reads his own book, and my opinion, whenever that happens, it seems our ears suffer. One would think that reading his own book, the author might have voice inflection when needed. This one - not so much. The content of this book is questionable. First, I have never heard of D.C. Gonzalez, which really doesn't mean anything. Second, some of his stories sound like they came from the movies. For instance, the story of him and his crew being pinned down by a drug lord sniper and not being allowed to go rescue the others because of an overbearing supervisor, sounds like half the cop movies made today. Third, if the author is going to use his martial arts master in this book, at least make him believable. Leo-tai, sounds like the turtle from Kung Fu Panda. Fourth, the story of him and his master fending off a pack of ravenous raccoons by throwing stones was quite funny. I will have to remember that, when I come across raccoons that might have rabies. Fifth, this book is severely lacking in training concepts. You are better off watching several Kung Fu movies. At least you know what you are getting there.

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    Aaron 08-04-14
    Aaron 08-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Same ol' motivational book"
    What would have made The Art of Mental Training better?

    I suppose I was expecting something with a bit more (any?) science rather than the typical "think positive if you want to be successful" messages that are nice to hear but don't really provide much actionable information or details. At the price point, it wasn't too bad, but I probably won't listen to it again. :-\


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    Kevin 07-22-14
    Kevin 07-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A lengthy motivational book lacking instructions."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think that athletes or those currently in the military or paramilitary organizations would enjoy this book more than I did. However, I would STRONGLY caution them to supplement it with detailed and thorough instructions on HOW to practice the techniques and exercises. Better yet, one could cut out the middle man and simply initially seek out ONLY those resources.


    If you’ve listened to books by D. C. Gonzalez before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of D. C. Gonzalez?

    I cannot think of a famous person off-hand whom I would have cast as narrator, however the author would have done well to have chosen practically ANY OTHER NARRATOR than himself. Gonzalez reads the book in a monotonous, droning, almost sleep-inducing manner. Additionally, the audio editing/producing was very substandard. It honestly seemed as if Gonzalez recorded the entire program a sentence or two at a time, after which it was also "pasted" together, a disturbance to which it took nearly two chapters to get accustomed.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Art of Mental Training?

    This book does not have an "excess" problem, rather it greatly lacks instruction. It does not show the reader HOW to perform the different parts of mental training, it only stresses its importance, sometimes a LIFE-OR-DEATH importance: Gonzalez give an anecdote of his time in military flight training during a chapter of the book, saying that it's not uncommon for some applicants to DIE during one particular training exercise, in part, because they lack a particular "mental training" skill. Then, he fails to give thorough, step-by-step instructions of HOW to practice and perfect that skill. Heaven forbid someone planning to be in such situations relies on this book to prepare them. This book is only a "guide", indeed. Instruction, instruction, instruction.


    Any additional comments?

    The way the self-help process is interwoven with the story of how Gonzalez's wise coach taught him the techniques, is, admittedly, above-average and charming.

    2 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting but very poorly informative"
    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting have more insight from this book. It gives two good advices in the very beginning of the book, and spend the rest of the book giving examples about it. This was a downer. The advice is good and the examples also, but I was disappointed.

    0 of 20 people found this review helpful
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