Wheel of excellence demonstrates pursuit for performance
Seven critical elements guide the pursuit of personal excellence: focus, commitment, mental readiness, positive images, confidence, distraction control, and ongoing learning. These elements combine to form the wheel of excellence.
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Reach your potential! Whether you are an athlete, a coach, or a promising high achiever in another walk of life, In Pursuit of Excellence provides the expert advice and proven techniques to help you fulfill your aspirations.
Author Terry Orlick, an internationally acclaimed sport psychologist, has helped hundreds of Olympic and professional athletes maximize their performances and achieve their goals. In this fourth edition, Orlick provides new insights and a powerful step-by-step plan for you to develop your own personal path to excellence.
You’ll learn to focus for excellence and high-quality living. You’ll gain a more positive outlook, a more focused commitment, better ways of dealing with distractions, and strategies for overcoming obstacles. You’ll also achieve greater personal and professional satisfaction and discover better ways to work with teammates, respond more effectively to coaching, and become more self-directed in your thoughts and actions.
Both practical and inspirational, In Pursuit of Excellence is a guide to daily living and motivation as well as a road map to long-term achievement. Read it, use it, and win with it—on and off the field.
Part I Envisioning Excellence
Chapter 1 Choice of Excellence
Chapter 2 Wheel of Excellence
Chapter 3 Focus for Excellence
Chapter 4 Journey to Excellence
Part II Preparing the Mind for Excellence
Chapter 5 Self-Examination
Chapter 6 Intensity and Relaxation
Chapter 7 Distraction Control
Chapter 8 Positive Images
Chapter 9 Simulation
Chapter 10 Self-Hypnosis
Chapter 11 Zen Experiences
Part III Building Toward Excellence
Chapter 12 Perspectives
Chapter 13 Goals
Chapter 14 Commitments
Chapter 15 Connections
Chapter 16 Challenges
Chapter 17 Actions
Part IV Realizing Excellence
Chapter 18 Composure
Chapter 19 Balance
Chapter 20 Consistency
Chapter 21 Resilience
Chapter 22 Coaching Relationships
Chapter 23 Team Spirit
Chapter 24 Positive Self-Direction
Terry Orlick, PhD, is a world-renowned leader in the applied field of sport psychology, mental training, and excellence. A former gymnastics champion and coach, Orlick has served as a high-performance coach for over 34 years to thousands of Olympic and professional athletes in more than 30 sports. He has served as a performance-enhancement consultant and mental skills coach in several Summer and Winter Olympic Games, as well as a consultant for various professional teams and leading business corporations.
Former president of the International Society for Mental Training and Excellence, Orlick has authored more than 20 highly acclaimed books. He has created innovative programs and books for children and youth to develop humanistic perspectives and positive mental skills for living, including Cooperative Games and Sports (2006, Human Kinetics) and Feeling Great: Teaching Children to Excel at Living (2004, Creative Bound).
Orlick, a graduate of Syracuse University, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Alberta, is a professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and founder of the innovative Journal of Excellence. He holds distinguished service awards from numerous Olympic and education associations, as well as certificates of merit from governments, universities, sport organizations, and schools for distinguished service to the community. He has given lectures on the pursuit of excellence in virtually every corner of the world. Orlick lives with his family at Meech Lake, Quebec.