My Books

What Makes My Books Different?

I developed my sports psychology books because I saw the necessity for a system that could support athletes and coaches in the development of their mental games between our meetings.  A sports psychology system has to provide a way of helping us change our thinking and our behavior. I found other approaches to sports psychology were highly focused on changing thinking while the behavioral part was lacking a systematic approach to implement. Other approaches seemed be suggesting that all we need for meaningful change to occur are some sound sports psychology principles and inspirational stories. Then the athletes and coaches would magically know how to apply them skillfully in their situations. 


My books are essentially handbooks of mental game tools that you use on a daily basis rather than a collection of sports psychology ideas that you read about and try to implement. I developed my books beginning with the emphasis on implementing meaningful change and then supported the practices with just enough background  to provide context.   


If you purchase one of the mental practice books and try to read it like a novel, you'll find some helpful ideas, but you'll be missing the main purpose and what's unique about the books. I don't have any inspirational or motivational stories in my books. I provide you with the tools you need to inspire and motivate yourself. With daily mental practice, you'll read a couple paragraphs and then put your imagination into gear and see, feel and hear where your imagination leads you. You'll find that your imagination, with some practice, will be highly skilled at knowing how to move back and forth efficiently between thought and action. The experiences you'll have in your mental practices will lead to specific and effective strategies of getting into action and moving forward rapidly. 

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 Awakening: Meditation for Active People 


Many of us feel that we are constantly living at high speed, trying to balance the demands of work, family, relationships, health, mental well-being, and spiritual well-being. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do what we know we should do. We feel like we’re living out of control for increasingly larger portions of our lives. How can we take care of ourselves and make wise choices about balancing important commitments? How can we keep from exhausting ourselves so that we don’t feel that our “gas tank” is always nearing empty or already empty?


The beginning of a balanced and healthy active life is to be deeply centered about our most important commitments. There’s a huge chasm between knowing intellectually what we should be doing and knowing in our center what we should be doing. Our intellect is wonderful, but it only takes us so far in life. There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we live from our center, we find more clarity about our decisions and more strength to follow through on what will bring us what we truly seek.


When many of us think of the concept of “awakening,” we think primarily of a spiritual awakening. This book includes that idea but expands on it. This book expands the concept of awakening to make it holistic, personal, and more powerful. Awakening applies to every aspect of our life. We learn to integrate our active life with the rest of our life. We learn to live and perform in ways that are free and constantly developing.


Awakening is intensely personal. Because you are unique, no one can legitimately tell you how your awakened life should look. This book gives you the tools to awaken yourself in ways that make sense to you. This book is about being active, healthy, and having a wonderful life in addition.


Research continues to support what many of us already know intuitively, that there are strong links between staying active and being mentally and physically healthy. Staying active is both a physical and mental discipline. We can use our active lifestyle as a way of maintaining physical and mental fitness.


This book of meditations has a different theme for each chapter and individual meditations on different aspects of being an active person. Each meditation has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your daily meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation. This book includes chapters on motivation, confidence, being healthy, being centered, being on a vision quest, having an active life and community, being joyful, having a plan, being a free spirit, being mentally tough, being in the zone, and dealing with barriers to improvement.


Meditation is a powerful practice in conjunction with working out because we learn to perform “in the zone” more often. When we perform in the zone, we perform at optimal levels and we enjoy ourselves more. This book assumes that you have no experience with meditation. Meditation may not be what you think it is. This form of meditation doesn’t require you to sit for long periods in silence. You actively use your imagination. In as little as 15 minutes per day, you can make significant progress towards having the active lifestyle that you want.

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 Awakening: Meditation for Powerful Athletes 


Most of us know that we can perform at a higher level. We know we can be better. We’ve become frustrated with under performing. The most significant challenges we usually face are the mental ones and not the physical ones. We know that we sometimes sabotage and limit ourselves. We also suspect that there are ways in which we unconsciously sabotage ourselves because we don’t know what we don’t know. The key challenge is that we don’t know how to stop sabotaging ourselves. Intellectual knowledge is helpful, but isn’t sufficient to make deep changes. We’ve tried everything we know and it isn’t enough. We need something deeper and more powerful.


There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper self-knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we live, train, and compete from our center, we find more clarity about our strengths and weaknesses. We learn that the barriers that appear to be holding us back are actually invitations to develop, change, improve, and tap into the deep strength that we find inside in order to follow through on what will help us more forward as athletes and people.


When many of us think of the concept of “awakening,” we primarily think of a spiritual awakening. This book includes that idea but expands on it. This book expands the concept of awakening to make it holistic, personal, and more powerful. Awakening applies to every aspect of our lives as athletes and people. We learn to integrate our athletic life with the rest of our life. We learn to live and perform in ways that are free and constantly developing.

Awakening is intensely personal. Because you are unique, no one can legitimately tell you how your awakened life should look. This book gives you the tools to awaken yourself in ways that make sense to you. This book is about performing athletically at your highest levels and having a wonderful life in addition.


There’s a crucial difference between reading about our mental game and improving our mental game. Having knowledge is useful, but it isn’t usually sufficient to cause significant change. We need to apply our essential knowledge to make important changes and develop ourself so that we can be the athletes we desire to be. This book gives you a powerful way of bridging the gap between knowledge and effective action.


For many athletes, performing “in the zone” is an unpredictable event. They don’t know when or why it happens. After we have learned to meditate effectively, we recognize that the experiences that we have while meditating are similar to our experiences of performing in the zone. That’s because performing in the zone is a meditative state. We can learn to perform in the zone more often by learning to meditate in the right ways. When we learn to meditate, we learn to manage ourself in ways that are conducive to optimal performance.


This book assumes that you don’t have experience with meditation. This form of meditation might be different than you think. This form of meditation is simple to learn and practice. Each of the meditations in the book has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation. With this book, you have a program for developing your mental approach to sports in as little as 15 minutes per day.

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 Daily Mental Practice 


 

Most athletes understand the need for physical practice. Reasonable athletes wouldn’t expect to improve their performances without the right kinds of consistent practice. However, the idea of mental practice is much less understood and effectively practiced. Even if athletes are self-aware enough to know that they are limiting or sabotaging their performances, they usually don’t know how to fix the problem. If they knew how to fix themselves, they would.


This book places at your fingertips a powerful method of sports psychology to improve  your mental approach to athletic performance. The essence of a strong mental approach or “mental game” is when we correctly manage our thinking, emotions , and physical body in ways that work the best for us as individuals. We do that by regularly working on improving our mental game. We mentally practice.

Now you have a simple and effective way of mentally practicing. You have a way of discovering and correcting the ways in which you are limiting or sabotaging yourself. You can start to mentally practice in as little as 15 minutes per day.


This book is for athletes who are serious about fulfilling their potential. Development of a strong mental game takes practice and persistence. Development of a strong mental game is similar in scope to the development of physical skills in sports. Think of this book as working out. You’re working out your mind and training yourself to perform your best.


This book contains individual mental practices which are organized by the calendar. Each month has a unique topic. Each day has a unique mental practice. You can use the mental practices according to their date or you can use them by topic and what applies to you right now.


The chapter topics are

January: Being in the Zone

February: Vision Quest

March: Being Mentally Tough

April: Being Confident

May: Being a Champion

June: Welcoming Challenges

July: Training Well

August: Being a Free Spirit

September: Being Healthy

October: Developing

August: November: Leading

December: Planning for Success


The goals of mental practice are to learn how to perform consistently at your highest levels. To do that you’ll learn how to use “power thoughts” in your daily mental practices. A power thought is a short sentence that we use to engage our imagination and help us focus as we mentally practice, physically practice and as we compete.


See how good you can be.



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Meditation for Active People


 

Many of us feel that we are constantly living at high speed, trying to balance the demands of work, family, relationships, health, and physical and mental well-being. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do what we know we should do. We feel like we’re living out of control for increasingly larger portions of our lives. How can we take care of ourselves and make wise choices about balancing important commitments? How can we keep from exhausting ourselves so that we don’t feel that our “gas tank” is always nearing empty or already empty?


The beginning of a balanced and healthy active life is to be deeply centered about our most important commitments. There’s a huge chasm between knowing intellectually what we should be doing and knowing in our center what we should be doing. Our intellect is wonderful, but it only takes us so far in life. There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we live from our center, we find more clarity about our decisions and more strength to follow through on what will bring us what we truly seek.


Research continues to support what many of us already know intuitively, that there are strong links between staying active and being mentally and physically healthy. Staying active is both a physical and mental discipline. We can use our active lifestyle as a way of maintaining physical and mental fitness.


This book of meditations has a different theme for each chapter and individual meditations on different aspects of being an active person. Each meditation has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your daily meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation. This book includes chapters on motivation, confidence, being healthy, being centered, being on a vision quest, having sports and community, being joyful, having a plan, being a free spirit, being mentally tough, being in the zone, and dealing with barriers to improvement.


Meditation is a powerful practice with sports or exercise because we learn to perform “in the zone” more often. When we perform in the zone, we perform at optimal levels and we enjoy ourselves more. This book assumes that you have no experience with meditation. Meditation may not be what you think it is. This form of meditation doesn’t require you to sit for long periods in silence. you actively use your imagination. In as little as 15 minutes per day, you can make significant progress towards having the active lifestyle that you want.


There’s a crucial difference between having knowledge about something and actually using the knowledge to affect change. Having knowledge can be useful, but it isn’t sufficient to cause change. We need to apply our essential knowledge to make important changes and develop ourselves so that we can have the active lives we want. This book gives you a powerful way of bridging the gap between knowledge and effective action. In meditation, we discover our essential knowledge and strategies for applying our essential knowledge in our lives. We learn how to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states in effective ways as we live our dreams.

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Mental Practice I-X


 

The Mental Practice book series evolved out of Dr. Chandon’s sports psychology coaching experience. He found that athletes develop in their mental games in predictable stages. The speed of their development depends on how vigorously they apply themselves in their mental practices, physical practices and competitions. When motivated athletes are open to learning, practicing the right things in the right sequences and in the right ways, they rapidly progress.


The Mental Practice sports psychology series reflects the ideas of progressive development modeled by the martial arts. Mental Practice books I-X have different color covers to signify that they are modeled after martial arts development and the wearing of different color belts. The different color belts in the martial arts indicate mastery levels of the students and teachers.


The Mental Practice book covers are yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, black and red. As you develop in your mastery of each book, you earn that color “belt” in Mental Practice. You’ll find that as you progress through the books, you’ll be challenged to use your imaginative and creative abilities more. Imagination and creativity are key components of a well-developed mental practice.


There are no legitimate short cuts to take in mental practice development. The learning is sequential and developmental. It’s like climbing over a series of hills. You can only see what’s over the next hill by climbing it and the next hills after that. Commit yourself, do the work and you’ll progress in accordance with your effort level.


Although there aren’t shortcuts to take in mental game development, improving your mental game is a shortcut to high performance compared to athletes who don’t work on their mental games.


Now you can have a simple and effective way of mentally practicing. You have a way of discovering and correcting the ways in which you are limiting or sabotaging yourself. You have a way of learning to know what you don’t know. You can start to practice mentally in as little as 15 minutes per day.


This book is for athletes who are serious about fulfilling their potential. Development of a strong mental game takes practice and persistence. Development of a strong mental game is similar in scope to the development of physical skills in sports. Think of these books as working out. You’re working out your mind and training yourself to perform your best.


The chapters in Mental Practice I are

  • Mental Toughness
  • Developing Mental Skills
  • Being a Champion
  • Handling Challenges
  • Planning for Success
  • Being Healthy
  • Training Well
  • Confidence and Motivation
  • Being a Leader
  • Being a Free Spirit


Mental Practice II: This book includes an expanded assessment, more tools, and mental practices. You’ll learn to develop and use your Power Word Chart that will guide you in your mental and physical practices, and while you compete. You’ll learn how to do One Minute Mental Practices that can significantly increase your mental practices. You take your mental practices with you throughout your day.


Mental Practice III: This book includes more mental practices. You’ll have more assessment tools to help know what to work on. You’ll learn how to undo deeply held beliefs that limit your performance. You’ll understand how to recognize disempowering words versus empowering words. You’ll learn how to create your own 30 Day Challenge. You’ll learn how to evaluate your performances in a productive way. You’ll learn a philosophy that is more powerful than simply focusing on wins and losses.


Mental Practice IV: This book includes the “Sanctuary” which is a powerful tool to use in your mental practices. You’ll design your own sanctuary that will help you use your imagination in vivid and powerful ways. This book also includes a chapter on how to design your sanctuary in detail.


Mental Practice V: This book includes separate and expanded chapters on Confidence and Motivation. In addition, you’ll have additional mental practices on leadership power words, mental toughness power words, champion power words, and health power words. You also learn how to deal with negative spirals, energy and body movement, all emotions being good, dieting well, what we way matters, and what to do when you struggle.


Mental Practice VI: This book includes a chapter on performing in The Zone.


Mental Practice VII: This book includes description of the phases of learning from unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence and how mental practice helps you move from state to state. Mental Practice VII also includes a chapter on unconscious competence. Further, the book includes the “kingdom” mental practice technique and updated mental practice retreats.


Mental Practice VIII: This book includes mental practices on boundlessness, deep mental practices, power word competence, social competence, two kinds of problem solving, readiness to compete assessment, mental art gallery, being a great person and how to deal with bad circumstances. Mental Practice VIII also includes mental practices on high-speed and slow-speed mental practice. This book also includes descriptions of greatness, vision quest, and forgiveness lands and a new vision quest retreat. 


Mental Practice IX: This book includes mental practices on cultures of greatness, dream themes, evolving power words, getting through challenges, identifying high performance states, loving fear, right kind of energy, seeing the right picture, seeing what isn’t there, symbolic power words, symbols of greatness, two kinds of knowing, we are our choices, your opponent’s best, emotions and energy, and a passion for winning. In addition, the Introduction chapter now includes a discussion of the use of anchors in mental practices. The Appendix chapter now includes a number of different scripts that are used to being mental practices.


Mental Practice X: This book includes mental practices on super power words, 80/20 practice, managing fear powerfully, better every day, increasingly powerful words, doing and being power words and soft eyes. Mental Practice X also includes a chapter on archetypes and a description of the four types of power words.

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Mind Games: Daily Meditations for Great Athletes


Most of us know that we can perform athletically at higher levels. We know we can be better.  We notice that we seem to be stuck in patterns of similar mistakes. Many of us are on an endless search for changes in technique and technology, searching for the missing key ingredients to success. If we’re paying close attention to how we train and compete, we notice that we sabotage and limit ourselves. We may also suspect that we unconsciously sabotage ourselves because we find ourselves doing things that we know are counterproductive, but can’t seem to get out of our own way. We also can’t usually figure out why we undercut our ability.


The most significant challenges we usually face are the mental ones and not the physical ones. The key problem that many of us have is that we don’t know how to stop sabotaging ourselves. Even if we recognize how we are sabotaging ourselves, we may not be able to stop. Intellectual knowledge is helpful, but it isn’t sufficient to make deep and powerful changes. We’ve tried everything we know and it isn’t enough. We need something deeper and more powerful.


There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper self-knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we live, train, and compete from our center, we find more clarity about our strengths and weaknesses. We learn that the barriers that appear to be holding us back are actually invitations to develop, change, improve, and tap into the deep strength that we find inside in order to follow through on what will help us more forward as athletes and people.


This book of daily meditations for athletes has a different theme for each month and a different meditation for each day. Each meditation has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation. The book includes the chapters, Being on a Vision Quest, Being a Champion, Being Triumphant, Being Proactive, Being in the Zone, Being Confident, Being in Training, Being Free, Being Healthy, Being Centered, Being Creative, and Being Mentally Tough.


The essence of a strong mental approach to high performance is the ability to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states in order to perform at our highest levels. We learn to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states by practicing the right kinds of meditation. All athletes want to perform “in the zone” more than they do currently. Performing in the zone is a meditative state. To learn to perform in the zone more often, athletes can learn to meditate on the right things in the right ways. Now you can develop your mental game in as little as 15 minutes per day.


There is a crucial difference between reading about our mental approach to sports and improving our mental approach. Having knowledge is useful, but it isn’t sufficient to cause change. We need to apply our essential knowledge to make important changes and develop ourself so that we can be the athletes we desire. This book gives you a powerful way of bridging the gap between knowledge and effective action.


This book assumes that the reader does not have any experience with meditation. Meditation may not be what you think it is. This form of meditation does not require you to sit for long periods of time in silence. This form of meditation actively uses your imagination. You will learn straightforward and powerful methods for meditating on the right things in the right ways.


The Second Edition is simpler to use and more powerful to practice. It has an updated Introduction, including an assessment to help athletes figure out what parts of their mental game need work. A number of the meditations have been updated for clarity and simplicity. The affirmation are simpler, which makes meditation easier. There is new a chapter on confidence and a new chapter on being a powerful athlete. The meditation techniques in the introduction and the Meditation Scripts chapter are updated. The sanctuary meditation technique is more integrated throughout the book. The language in the book is more conversational.

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 Mind Games: Daily Meditations for Great Golf


Most of us golfers believe that we are capable of playing at a higher level. We know we can be better. We notice that we seem to be stuck in repeatable patterns of mistakes. Many of us are on an endless search for changes in technique and technology, searching for the missing key ingredients to success. Technique and technology are essential, but we usually find out that they aren’t the secret ingredient to success.  If we’re paying close attention to how we practice and compete, we notice that we sabotage and limit ourselves. We may also discover that we unconsciously sabotage ourselves because we find ourselves doing things that we know are counterproductive, but can’t seem to get out of our own way. We don’t know why we do things that undercut our ability.


The most significant challenges we usually face are the mental ones and not the physical ones. The key problem that many of us have is that we don’t know how to stop sabotaging ourselves. Even if we recognize how we are sabotaging ourselves, we may not be able to stop. Intellectual knowledge is helpful, but it isn’t sufficient to make deep and powerful changes. We’ve tried everything we know and it isn’t enough. We need something deeper and more powerful.


There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper self-knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we live, train, and compete from our center, we find more clarity about our strengths and weaknesses. We learn that the barriers that appear to be holding us back are actually invitations to develop, change, improve, and tap into the deep strength that we find inside in order to follow through on what will help us more forward as athletes and people.


This book of daily meditations for golfers has a different theme for each month and a different meditation for each day. Each meditation has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation. The book includes the chapters, Being on Your Way, Being Proactive, Being Triumphant, Being a Champion, Being in the Zone, Being Powerful, Being in Training, Being Healthy, Being a Great Short Gamer, Being a Superb Ball Striker, and Being Mentally Tough.

The Second Edition includes a mental game assessment so that readers can know how to use the book most effectively. The introduction is simpler. The meditations and affirmations have been updated and simplified for ease of use. The sanctuary meditation technique is more integrated throughout the book. The Meditation Scripts chapter has been updated and simplified. The language in the book is more conversational.


There is a crucial difference between reading about our mental game and improving our mental game. Having knowledge is useful, but it isn’t sufficient to cause change. We need to apply our essential knowledge to make important changes and develop ourself so that we can have the golf game we desire. This book gives you a powerful way of bridging the gap between knowledge and effective action.


This book gives you a powerful way of developing your golf mental game. The essence of a strong mental game is the ability to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states in order to perform at our highest levels. We learn to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states by practicing the right kinds of meditation. This book will coach you in how to do that.


For many of us golfers, playing at a high level or “in the zone” is an unpredictable event. We don’t know when or why it happens. After we have learned to meditate effectively, we recognize that the experiences that we have while meditating are similar to the experiences we have while playing in the zone. That’s because playing in the zone is a meditative state. We can learn to play in the zone more often by learning to meditate in the right ways. When we learn to meditate, we learn to manage ourself in ways that are conducive to optimal performance. That’s what this book teaches you to do.


Meditation may not be what you think it is. This form of meditation does not require you to sit for long periods of time in silence. This form of meditation actively uses your imagination. The book assumes that you do not have any experience with meditation. With this book, you have a program for developing your mental game in as little as 15 minutes per day.

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Mind Games: Meditation for Great Coaches

 

Most coaches believe that their athletes and their teams can perform better. If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we can also be better coaches. Every coach has had under performing individuals and teams. The athletes and teams may have all the talent they need to be superb performers, but they just can’t seem to get out of their own way. Technique and physical ability are essential, but we find with some athletes and teams, that technique and physical ability aren’t enough to make them into top competitors. If we’re paying close attention to how our athletes practice and compete, we notice that they sabotage and limit themselves. We also find that they unconsciously sabotage themselves because they keep doing things that are counterproductive, but they can’t seem to recognize it or stop.


The most significant challenges our athletes and teams usually face are the mental ones and not the physical ones. The key problem that some of our athletes and teams have is that they don’t know how to stop sabotaging themselves. Even if they recognize how they are sabotaging ourselves, they may not be able to stop. Intellectual knowledge is helpful, but it isn’t sufficient to make deep and powerful changes. They need something deeper and more powerful.


There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper self-knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we live, train, compete, and coach from our center, we find more clarity about our strengths and weaknesses. We find more clarity about our athletes’ and teams’ strengths and weaknesses. We learn that the barriers that appear to be holding us and our athletes back are actually invitations to develop, change, improve, and tap into the deep strength that we find inside in order to follow through on what will help us more forward as coaches, athletes, and teams.


The purpose of this book is to help coaches perform at their highest levels. To do that, coaches will learn how to coach in the zone. The idea of athletes performing in the zone is widely accepted and discussed. However, coaches also can perform in the zone. This book teaches you how to coach in the zone and how to coach your athletes to perform in the zone.


This book of meditations for coaches in all sports has a different theme for each chapter and individual meditations on different aspects of the coaching mental game. Each meditation has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation. The book includes chapters on performing in the zone, confidence, planning success, being a strong leader, having powerful conversations, dealing with barriers to success, have a powerful vision, training well, being health, being a free spirit, being centered and creative, and being mentally tough.


If coaches want to coach in the zone and teach their athletes to perform in the zone more often, coaches need to learn to meditate in the right ways for sports. This book teaches coaches how to improve your effectiveness by acquiring some new tools to manage your thinking, emotions, and physical states in different ways. You will also learn to relate to your athletes in ways that help them maximize their ability. Meditation may not be what you think it is. This form of meditation is active and imaginative. You don’t have to sit for hours in silence. You can learn to meditate in as little as 15 minutes per day. This book assumes you have no experience with meditation.


There is a crucial difference between reading about our mental approach to coaching and improving our mental approach. Having knowledge is useful, but it’s not sufficient to cause change. We need to apply our essential knowledge to make important changes and develop ourself so that we can be the athletes we desire. This book gives you a powerful way of bridging the gap between knowledge and effective action.


This second edition is simpler and more powerful. Many meditations have been reorganized, changed, and updated for clarity. The affirmations are also simpler and easier to use as you meditate. The meditation techniques in the Meditation Scripts chapter are simpler. The sanctuary meditation techniques are integrated more throughout the book. The language in the book is more conversational.

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Mind Games: Meditation for Great Putting

 

Putting is one of the simplest part of golf mechanically, yet many golfers struggle with putting. Ironically, many of us struggle with short putts, which should be the easiest putts because there aren’t typically large amounts of break or speed variability. The reason so many of us struggle with putting is because successful putting is substantially a mental activity. We struggle because we don’t know how to manage our mental game effectively.


Most of us golfers believe that we are capable of putting more effectively. We know we can be better. Many of us are on an endless search for changes in technique and technology, searching for the missing key ingredients to putting well. Technique and technology are essential, but we usually find out that they aren’t the secret ingredient to success.  If we’re paying close attention to how we practice and compete, we notice that we sabotage and limit ourselves. We may also discover that we unconsciously sabotage ourselves because we find ourselves doing things that we know are counterproductive, but can’t seem to get out of our own way. We don’t know why we do things that undercut our ability.


The most significant challenges we usually face are the mental ones and not the physical ones. The key problem that many of us have is that we don’t know how to stop sabotaging ourselves. Even if we recognize how we are sabotaging ourselves, we may not be able to stop. Intellectual knowledge is helpful, but it isn’t sufficient to make deep and powerful changes. We’ve tried everything we know and it isn’t enough. We need something deeper and more powerful.


There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper self-knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we practice and compete from our center, we find more clarity about the ways we sabotage our ability. We learn that the barriers that appear to be holding us back are actually invitations to develop, change, improve, and tap into the deep strength that we find inside in order to follow through on what will help us more forward as athletes and people.


When golfers putt “in the zone,” they are in a meditative state. If you want to putt in the zone more often, you can learn to meditate on the right things in the right ways. This book of meditations for putting has a different theme for each chapter and individual meditations on different aspects of the putting mental game. Each meditation has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your daily meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation.


The topics in the book include confidence, motivation, mental toughness, being a free spirit, health and putting, putting in the zone, being a champion, overcoming barriers, effective practice, planning for success, and putting subconsciously. The book also includes a discussion of the foundations of great putting, meditation scripts, putting drills, and recommended statistics to track progress.


This book is a way for you to develop your mental game, rather than simply read about your mental game. By meditating in the right ways, you learn to manage your thinking, emotions, and physical states on the golf course. With practice, you learn to putt with a quiet, confident mind. You learn to rely more on feel than the physical mechanics of putting. You learn to free yourself mentally to putt your best.


The primary goals of the second edition are to make the book simpler to use and more powerful to practice. A number of the meditations have been reorganized, changed, and updated. The affirmations are simpler, which makes the meditations easier to use. The meditation techniques in the Meditation Scripts chapter are simpler. The sanctuary meditation techniques integrate more throughout the book. The language in the book is more conversational.


This book shows you how to meditate in a way that is simple and easy to learn. The book assumes that you don’t have any experience with meditation. Meditation may not be what you think it is. This form of meditation doesn’t require you to sit for long periods of time in silence. You actively use your imagination. With this book, you have a program for working on your mental game in as little as 15 minutes per day.

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Mind Games: Meditation for Inspired Athletes


Most of us know that we can perform at a higher level. We know we can be better. We’ve become frustrated with underperforming. The most significant challenges we usually face are the mental ones and not the physical ones. We know that we sometimes sabotage and limit ourselves. We also suspect that there are ways in which we unconsciously sabotage ourselves because we don’t know what we don’t know. The key challenge is that we don’t know how to stop sabotaging ourselves. Intellectual knowledge is helpful, but isn’t sufficient to make deep changes. We’ve tried everything we know and it isn’t enough. We need something deeper and more powerful.


There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper self-knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we live, train, and compete from our center, we find more clarity about our strengths and weaknesses. We learn that the barriers that appear to be holding us back are actually invitations to develop, change, improve, and tap into the deep strength that we find inside in order to follow through on what will help us more forward as athletes and people.


The root word for “inspiration” is “spirit.” Our spirit is the deepest part of us that invites us to train and compete with passion and skill. When we learn to meditate effectively, we gain access to powerful resources that reside in our subconscious mind. In time, we learn to follow our spirit and its wisdom. We learn to unleash our potential and play with all of our ability. When we perform as inspired athletes, we begin a journey of self-discovery to find out just how good we can be.


This book is for athletes at all levels who are looking for a program to work on developing their mental approach to sports. The book is based on Mind Games: Daily Meditations for Great Athletes. It is reorganized by chapter rather than date and includes new chapters on motivation and leadership for athletes.


There’s a crucial difference between reading about our mental game and improving our mental game. Having knowledge is useful, but it isn’t sufficient to cause change. We need to apply our essential knowledge to make important changes and develop ourself so that we can be the athletes we desire to be. This book gives you a powerful way of bridging the gap between knowledge and effective action.


Mature athletes wouldn’t expect to perform at their highest levels without training well and consistently. The same holds true for the mental components of high performance. We have to train our mind well and consistently to perform at our highest levels. This book gives you a powerful way of developing your mental approach to sports. The essence of a strong mental approach is the ability to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states in order to perform at our highest levels. We learn to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states by practicing the right kinds of meditation. This book will coach you in how to do that.


For many of us athletes, performing at a high level or “in the zone” is an unpredictable event. We don’t know when or why it happens. After we have learned to meditate effectively, we recognize that the experiences that we have while meditating are similar to the experiences we have while performing in the zone. That’s because performing in the zone is a meditative state. We can learn to perform in the zone more often by learning to meditate in the right ways. When we learn to meditate, we learn to manage ourself in ways that are conducive to optimal performance. That’s what this book teaches you to do.


Meditation may not be what you think it is. This form of meditation simple to learn and practice. It actively uses your imagination. This book assumes that you don’t have experience with meditation. Each of the meditations in the book has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation. With this book, you have a program for developing your mental approach to sports in as little as 15 minutes per day.

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Mind Games: Meditation for Inspired Golfers

 

Most of us know that we can play at a higher level. We notice that we seem to be stuck in patterns of similar mistakes. Many of us are on an endless cycle of changes in technique and technology, searching for the missing key ingredients to success. We’ve tried everything we know and it still isn’t enough to create the kind of improvements that we want. Technique and technology are essential, but we usually discover that they are not the secret ingredient to success.


The most significant challenges we usually face are the mental ones and not the physical ones. If we’re paying close attention to our golf game, we recognize that we often times sabotage and limit ourselves. We may also suspect that there are ways in which we unconsciously sabotage ourselves. The key problem that we face is that we don’t know how to stop sabotaging ourselves. Intellectual knowledge is helpful, but isn’t sufficient to make the deep changes that we need. We need something deeper and more powerful.


There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper self-knowledge that we find when we develop a meditation practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we practice and compete from our center, we find more clarity about our strengths and weaknesses. We learn that the barriers that appear to be holding us back are actually invitations to develop, change, improve, and tap into the deep strength that we find inside in order to follow through on what will help us more forward as golfers and people.


The root word for “inspiration” is “spirit.” Our spirit is the deepest part of us that invites us to live and play golf with passion and skill. When we learn to meditate effectively, we gain access to powerful resources that reside in our subconscious mind. In time, we learn to follow our spirit and its wisdom. We learn to unleash our potential and play with all of our ability. When we play inspired golf, we choose to see just how good we can be.


This book is for golfers who are looking for one comprehensive volume on all aspects of the golf mental game. The book combines, reorganizes, and modifies two previous golf books, Mind Games: Daily Meditations for Great Golf and Mind Games: Meditations for Great Putting.


There is a crucial difference between reading about our mental game and improving our mental game. Having knowledge is useful, but it isn’t sufficient to cause change. We need to apply our essential knowledge to make important changes and develop ourself so that we can have the golf game we desire. This book gives you a powerful way of bridging the gap between knowledge and effective action.


Mature athletes wouldn’t expect to perform at their highest levels without training well and consistently. The same holds true for the mental components of high performance. We have to train our mind well and consistently to perform at our highest levels. This book gives you a powerful way of developing your golf mental game. The essence of a strong mental game is the ability to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states in order to perform at our highest levels. We learn to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states by practicing the right kinds of meditation. This book will coach you in how to do that.


For many of us golfers, playing at a high level or “in the zone” is an unpredictable event. We don’t know when or why it happens. After we have learned to meditate effectively, we recognize that the experiences that we have while meditating are similar to the experiences we have while playing in the zone. That’s because playing in the zone is a meditative state. We can learn to play in the zone more often by learning to meditate in the right ways. When we learn to meditate, we learn to manage ourself in ways that are conducive to optimal performance. That’s what this book teaches you to do.


Meditation may not be what you think it is. This form of meditation does not require you to sit for long periods of time in silence. This form of meditation actively uses your imagination. The book assumes that you do not have any experience with meditation. Each of the meditations in the book has some thoughts for your reflection and has a unique affirmation at the end, which you use for your meditation. You mindfully read the reflection and then meditate on the affirmation. With this book, you have a program for developing your mental game in as little as 15 minutes per day. 

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 Practical Sports Psychology



This is book is for athletes and coaches who have a deep desire for success and are committed to doing everything they can to succeed. You’ll learn how to use your mind as your best competitive advantage as you as you acquire powerful sports psychology tools. You’ll learn practical ways of improving your mental game that often produce dramatic results.


Over the years, I’ve added different pieces to my sports psychology coaching approach. My approach has ultimately become a combination of meditation, hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, breakthrough thinking and Jungian psychology. However, you’ll find virtually no sports psychology theory in this book. The ideas have been baked into the book in practical and simple ways. This is a sports psychology practice book, not a book that you’d read to understand sports psychology theory.


This is a complete volume of sports psychology mental practices whose topics are wide and deep for dedicated athletes or coaches who want to explore deeply an effective sports psychology practice. This book can help guide you on your sports journey for a lifetime if you choose.


If you’re new to sports or sports psychology, you might want to consider Mental Practice I-X which is a ten volume, book series that presents similar ideas as this book, but in a logical progression from beginner to expert.


This book is different from the Mental Practice X book in that it has some new mental practices and new sections in the book including how we learn and essential mental practices. It also has simplified suggestions to use for anchor words and it has a new hypnosis script and a deep sleep script to use in mental practice.


This book has its beginnings in my own sports adventures. I competed well in football, wrestling and track in high school and enjoyed some successes. However, my defining moment in sports came when I joined the track team in my first year of community college and started throwing the javelin. I had no prior experience throwing the javelin, but had some immediate successes and wins in meets. I eventually qualified for the state championship and had a very good season.


For my sophomore season, I was highly motivated to improve. I worked hard on strength and conditioning, studied lots of film on technique and practiced daily until I was worn out. I did everything I knew to improve with the goal of winning the state championship and more.


The result of all of my hard work and dedication was complete disappointment. I didn’t even come close to repeating the performances of my freshman year. The harder I tried, the worse my performances became. I continued to work hard through the frustration of that season with increasingly diminished returns.


That defining experience, for which I am now exceedingly thankful, fueled what has become a forty-year journey to discover what was missing for me that sophomore season with the javelin. Ultimately, what was missing was a strong mental approach. I wish I knew then what I know now. However, now I have an even greater satisfaction of sharing what I’ve learned with other athletes who may be searching for what’s missing for them.


This book also evolved out of my sports psychology coaching experience. Athletes develop in their mental games in predictable stages. The speed of their development depends on how vigorously they apply themselves in their mental and physical practices and competitions. When motivated athletes are open to learning, practicing the right things in the right sequences, they rapidly progress. I’ve seen it time and again. The methods in this book work, often dramatically.


In addition, this book has also evolved out of my experiences of competing in golf and action pistol shooting over the past seventeen years. I’ve personally tested every idea in this book. Golf and action pistol shooting have been my laboratory to test and refine my ideas.