Something is stressful only if you view it as stressful, accept it as stressful, and experience it as stressful. Otherwise, it is just something that happens during your day, week, or life. You can choose to feel stressed about it or choose to not feel stressed about it.
From what you have already read in this book, it has probably become clear to you that the doing side of deciding has the greatest positive effect on your performance and your life. Three critical steps are present in dociding.
One of the most satisfying experiences in sport or any other domain is being a member of a team that gets along well and works as a cohesive, collaborative unit. When you live, work, and play together in harmony, the chances of enjoying the journey and achieving mutually beneficial goals increase significantly.
Transitioning Out of High-Performance Pursuits: Kerrin Lee-Gartner
Many high-performance athletes and performers in other meaningful high-performance pursuits experience challenges or difficulties when transitioning out of their high-performance pursuit. I asked Kerrin Lee-Gartner, an Olympic gold medalist athlete with whom I had the pleasure of working over the course of her entire career, if she would update me on her life since winning her Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France.
In Pursuit of Excellence offers a prescriptive and practical means of gaining a competitive edge on or off the field through mental training. Athletes, coaches, and professionals will develop a positive outlook and focused commitment, overcome obstacles, improve performance, and achieve higher-quality living.
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Whether you’re an athlete, aspiring coach, or business professional, the ultimate goal remains the same: reaching your potential.
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 new fifth edition, Orlick provides the most effective strategies and step-by-step plans for you to develop your personal path to excellence.
You’ll learn to focus for excellence while living and enjoying life to the fullest. You’ll gain a more positive outlook, a more focused commitment, better ways of dealing with distractions and pressures, 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 guidance, and become more positive and 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— personally and professionally.
Part I Discovering Excellence Chapter 1. Choice of Excellence Chapter 2. Wheel of Excellence Chapter 3. Focus for Excellence Chapter 4. Journey to Excellence
Part II Focusing for Excellence Chapter 5. Self-Examination Chapter 6. Intensity, Relaxation, and Recovery Chapter 7. Distraction Control Chapter 8. Positive Images Chapter 9. Simulation Chapter 10. Zen Experiences
Part IV Living Excellence Chapter 17. Composed Chapter 18. Balanced Chapter 19. Consistent Chapter 20. Coachable Chapter 21. Team-Oriented Chapter 22. Self-Directed Chapter 23. Adaptable Chapter 24. Transition
Terry Orlick, PhD, is a professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He obtained his PhD in the psychology of sport and physical activity from the University of Alberta in 1972. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the psychology of excellence and quality living and has worked with some of the world’s top performers. His research has focused on enhancing the quality of life and quality of performance with children and high-level performers in a variety of disciplines.
Orlick has worked with thousands of Olympic and professional athletes and coaches; corporate leaders; astronauts; surgeons; top classical musicians; dancers, opera singers, and other performing artists; mission control professionals; and many others engaged in high-stress performance missions.
Former president of the International Society for Mental Training and Excellence, Orlick has authored 30 highly acclaimed books, has published hundreds of articles in a variety of professional journals, and is founder of the Journal of Excellence, Positive Living Skills, and the Zone 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.
“This book is for those who are not satisfied with good enough. I have known Terry for over 20 years, and his insights have provided me with the guidance I need to stay focused on the things that really matter to achieve my goals. I regularly use the strategies he shares in Pursuit of Excellence in my work with coaches around the world, from youth sport to the world’s best Olympic and national team coaches.”
Wade Gilbert, PhD-- Professor, Department of Kinesiology California State University–Fresno