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Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Gary Mack's book on the importance of your thinking processes in sport (and by extension in life) has two problems. Firstly, if you don't know American sports in the Nineties then many of the names in his anecdotes will be unfamiliar. Secondly, for those who do know American sports in the Nineties some of the teams he has advised are not exactly stellar. But this just means you need to read with care, and if you don't share the inordinate interest with golfers (or cannot avoid the thought that this is just sport, what about life?) you can go straight to the summary points at the end of each chapter. These are annoyingly smug and even more annoyingly they do seem to work.

Mack uses many of the processes of NLP with an helpful dollop of commonsense. So please don't be put off by the anecdotes concerning unknown but obviously revered athletes. He packs much the same message as an Anthony Robbins book but in much less space.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2008
This book is exceptional. I actually found this book by accident, but I'd like to put it another way, this book found me. Forget those who criticise it for its American sports examples, look beyond that. Apply it to your entire life. This book is simple. It draws on all those great sayings you've heard at some stage in your life. I reccommend you read a chapter of it every morning. Its a brilliant motivator. The only problem is, this read can't go on forever.....
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on 14 November 2009
A great little book broken down into digestible & small chapters dealing with a large range of subjects to motivate you into taking action & getting rid of all your phobias & ghosts that you keep in your emotional cupboard.

It really doesn't matter whether you're from "this side of the pond" or not & haven't got a clue what baseball & NFL mean. The positive stories are given just as a guide as to what can be achieved, why & how things can improve for you with a slight change in mind-set.

Its light easy reading, light-hearted. I would promote this book far ahead of any psycho-babble waffling manifesting type book. It's straight to the point & perfectly demonstrative.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2006
Once you get past the perhaps unfamiliar American sports, anic dotes etc, the message is simple and clear. It's not a cook book full of formulas, but straight to the point. and it does get results.
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on 28 April 2014
Lots of short chapters which was nice for someone who doesn't have much time on their hands. Each story has some something interesting to say which made me consider how I was mentally working best when doing my sport.
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on 29 September 2013
didn't hook me as much as i thought it would. still has a lot of good points but does tend to waffle on a bit.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2006
...and generally not very good either. When one reads a book that quotes and refers to our sporting heros, it's hard not to be emotionaly affected by the book - you can transfer the messages in the book to memories that you have of your particular sporting heros. When you have no knowledge of the people that are used, the book's real content becomes exposed - which is a collection of uninspiring anecdotes from athletes that I have never heard of.
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on 16 May 2015
Great read, gets me pumped for life and coaching. Thank you.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2007
I play badminton quite a bit and wanted some tips and techniques to help with the way I think about and think while I play the game - I found nothing useful here. Filled with unnecessary anecdotes and clearly geared towards those aiming to or actually competing at a high level, although I'm not sure if it would even be useful for them. Much of the contents seemed 'obvious' to me.
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on 1 June 2015
great book
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