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In Pursuit of Excellence: How to Win in Sport and Life Through Mental Training [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Terry Orlick
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2 Jun 1997
This two-cassette package brings the book of the same title to life by helping listeners put mental concepts and strategies into practice. Covering topics like mental imagery, relaxation, distraction control, simulation and self-hypnosis, the cassettes instruct the listeners how to develop a positive outlook that should help them achieve their aspirations in athletics and beyond.

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  • Audio Cassette: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 2 Abridged edition (2 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880117230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880117234
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,130,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terry Orlick, PhD, is a world-renowned leader in the applied field of mental training and excellence. A former gymnastics champion and coach, Orlick has served as a sport psychology consultant for the past 28 years to hundreds of Olympic athletes in more than 25 different sports, including alpine skiing, canoeing, figure skating, basketball, and ski jumping. He has acted as a performance enhancement consultant and mental skills coach for several Olympic Games, as well as a consultant for various professional and developmental teams.

Former president of the International Society for Mental Training and Excellence, Orlick has authored more than 20 highly acclaimed books, including Embracing Your Potential (1998 Human Kinetics) and Psyching for Sport (1986 Human Kinetics). He has created innovative programs for children and youth to develop humanistic perspectives and positive mental skills for living, and his two books The Cooperative Sports and Games Book (1978 Pantheon Books) and Feeling Great: Teaching Children to Excel at Living (1998 Creative Bound) have had great impact on children and their quality of life.

Orlick is a professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and founder of the innovative new Journal of Excellence. He holds distinguished service awards from numerous Olympic and education associations, as well as a certificate of merit from the Canadian government for distinguished service to the community. He has given lectures on the pursuit of excellence in virtually every corner of the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Terry Orlick manages to weave anecdotal examples of how the mind can be the difference between performance and "peak performance". This book is packed with practical exercises, check lists and "how-to's" to learn and apply the mechanics/techniques of sports psychology. Nifty quotes at the beginning of each chapter. WARNING: It won't turn miracles. It will not give you talent you never had or replace hard work.
If you've ever found yourself belaboring a performance error, regularly using negative self-talk or "choking" in those key situations... then this book is for you.
It does require a belief... the belief that mental training will work. "Belief is the mother of reality."
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better sports psychology works 14 Dec 2000
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One of the better sports psychology works which I have come across. Unlike most of the literature this goes into some fair detail concerning the 'how' rather than just the 'what', that is to say, practical steps for the reader to take for improved mental approach and consequent performance. Well written, too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book has many useful tools not just for athletes but also for individuals seeking something better for their everyday lives.

The best section I thought was on setting goals, the wheel of excellence, maintaining positive perspectives and outlook, and how to deal with distraction control, quest for consistency, etc etc.

These are all very important concepts not just for the athlete in training but also for everyday people seeking a goal or purpose in life, maintaining that path to success, and knowing how to deal with every day bumps and grinds and highs and lows.

Book talks about: - Setting a goal, Make commitment to that goal, & Initiate Action to accomplish your goals. Don't let distractions, criticism, or other people distract you from your path.

Sounds simple? But for most of us we really have to work on it! Takes lots' work and discipline to know what you want, work to towards getting it, and not stray from distractions or criticism.

I can't add more than that or I'd be repeating material from the two glowing & highly acknowledged testaments below.

If you feel the need to follow on & be inspired by more GREAT works like this to motivate you further, you really must read "GOALS!" by Brian Tracy. It'll get you pumped!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars outdated 1 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
OK, but old and outdated. I got bored early on but stuck with it to the end. If this is one of the first books you read on the subject, then it's fine, but if you read a lot on this subject, I suggest you give it a miss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellence 23 July 2009
Format:Paperback
It was just what I was looking for, I wanted to refine some information already known but this book gave me more than I wanted, let's say it's helping me for excellence in life!! Surely all the interviews inside help to understand better what the author is trying to pass on..
I think the book can be used not just for the athlete in training but also for everyday people seeking a goal or purpose in life, maintaining that path to success, and knowing how to deal with every day bumps....
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