Sports participation - from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level - is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their game may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: they want to excel. In The Champion's Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, LPC, now offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, and professional athletes, including tips and techniques based on high-performance psychology research, such as how to get in a "zone", thrive on a team, and stay humble; how to progress within a sport and sustain excellence long-term, and customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is dropped. The Champion's Mind distills actionable advice into clear and concise steps for athletes looking to find confidence, concentration, and mental preparedness - the mental edge that sets champions apart.
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"The Champion's Mind is loaded with great lessons, advice, and perspectives on how to be successful." (Dan Jansen)
Yes, I listen to it frequently. While not an athlete, I find the concepts in the book very effective at keeping me focused and motivated in my work and life.
Win Forever, by Pete Carroll. More motivation and concepts to achieving greatness.
Yes, but I'd prefer other narrators. Eric's narration is clear and understandable, but often sounds a bit mechanical and unnatural. Sometimes it's as if my computer is narrating for me.
I get extremely pumped and motivated for my week
Would be 10/10 if the narration were a bit better, but it's not so bad. I still listen to it frequently.
No, The narrator's monotonous drone and lack of emotional involvement in what is totally an emotion based topic basically made the audible version boring and unmemorable. I DO think it would probably be a good read where the narrator is you.
yes, IF narrated better. The book was highly recommended and I thought I'd be able to listen in the truck or during down time.
He lacked emotional involvement- or really any interest in the material. just a distant voice reading the material.
no and I found I tuned it out most of the time. I would consider buying the book.
Yes. It provides plenty of good ways to look at life. Very motivating not just for the athlete - but anyone looking to get ahead in whatever the endeavor.
Think Gold, and settle for nothing less.
Because there are many exercises and things that make more sense if you review them several times in a row, I bought the book. I would suggest listening to a chapter in the book first. THEN, using the book as mental refreshers to do the exercises and re-read the quotes. But overall, a very good instructional book for life.
The Olympian Stories
I connected with the part about Michael Phelps and taking all the energy and using it to propel himself forward and advance his goals and dreams.
Read, Re-Read, and Read again...excellent book and information.
Not only about the Mental Game or Sports Psychology, but one of the best books I've read in personal development. From the start it dives right into applicable skills, scenarios, affirmations, and awesome quotes. This book is not only a book on Championship thinking for Athletes but also for business professionals, leaders, and daily life.
Dr Afremow looks at every challenge as an opportunity for growth no matter the circumstance and staying present to achieve success on and off the field. I began applying some of the skills immediately as I was going through the book. Something simple as listening to a certain type music to get into the rhythm and flow of an activity can determine how well we focus especially during a difficult period of a day i.e. mid afternoon for me. And that rhythm and flow can be applied to our sports practice or performance. Even the pre-game prep is something many of us overlook in the importance of creating an environment that'll boost our performance rather than create resistance and stress.
Highly recommended reading and/or listening. See more below for additional review.
Great reader. Voice and level of enthusiasm was just right for this book.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is "The goal for any Athlete is to be Master of the injury rather than letting the injury master the Athlete. Bring your champion's mindset to the training room and make rehab your new sport until you get your game back, and you will get that game back." Reminds me of what I did during my recovery after spine surgery. If it wasn't for my mental game and making rehab my sport and part of my daily fitness activity, I wouldn't have recovered as quickly and as well as I did while discovering a new passion. If you think about it, your Physical Therapist during rehab becomes your Strength Coach. Their goal is to get you back in the condition you were at pre-injury through exercise.
I end this review on another quote that really stood out to me, "Focus on your performance not on unwanted outcomes. To perform at a champion's level, you must understand the importance of a long term memory for success and a short term memory, selective amnesia, for failure. Every Athlete fails but Champions do not dwell on their failures. Instead, they focus on the positive experiences and keep confidently moving forward." - Dr. Jim Afremow
I've read a lot of books on sports psychology. I give this one a C+ since it covers a lot of common themes. this is your first book on the topic it's a probably a B+.
Still, it's good to be reminded of key points so the reminders were helpful.
Audible fan since 2003.
Have a sense of humour, cuz once there was this famous coach who made a joke before a big game, and they went on to win the championship.
That's the level of empirical research you will find in this book. If you're looking for some motivation, and hearsay anecdotal tricks will do it for you, then this will be great. If you can't buy into something just because a motivational speaker said it's a great mantra, there are a lot of other excellent books that present analysis and evidence of how good techniques actually work.
For me, without the science, it's just your best guess. What that superstitious pro did that one time with his underwear while on a winning streak is not a motivator for me.
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