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Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life by [Kramer, Garret]
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''As I reflect back on my personal quest to develop character through the sport of football, I greatly identify with the wisdom and principles of this book. Stillpower is a profound playbook for the athletic and life journey. Garret Kramer shows us that a person becomes what he thinks in his heart, not in his head.'' -- Tyrone Keys "Super Bowl-winning defensive end for the Chicago Bears, founder of All-Sports Community Services"

"I believe the principles introduced in" Stillpower "are the future of athletic mental performance; actually, performance of any kind. This book helped me to recognize that in grinding so hard, I was reducing my chances to perform up to my capabilities. I now see why the game wasn't always as enjoyable as I wanted it to be, and my 'effort' rarely feels like work. In "Stillpower, " Garret Kramer offers hope for discovering our potential to perform freely, regardless of the circumstances of our lives. I hope, like me, you find this perspective to be extremely valuable.''

--Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils Captain and member of the US Olympic Hockey Team

In his thought-provoking book"Stillpower"(the opposite of willpower), Garrett Kramer challenges the world of sports psychology as sports teams, athletes, writers and fans view it. In so doing, he has also presented a formula which could be applied to one s everyday life.
Christopher Ralph, "The Hockey Writers"

Kramer leaves you with agame plan for the future-essentially 10 points to deal with life when you re struggling -and who among us doesn t struggle at some point. These aresuccinctreminders and useful words that can help change your mindset and hence your reality.
Leigh McAdam, "Hike Bike Travel"

"Garret Kramer has overturned much of the conventional wisdom about coaching and performance . . . "Stillpower" is an insightful and profound book."
--Daniel H. Pink, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Drive "and "A Whole New Mind"

"A clear and quiet state of mind isn't just a key element in sports; it's also important in finance, relationships, and life. The principles introduced in this book apply to so much more than athletics."
--Jean Chatzky, author of the "New York Times "bestseller "Money 911"

"In covering sports for more than twenty years, I am always looking for what separates the good athletes from the great ones. Garret Kramer looks outside the box when it comes to athletics . . ." Stillpower" is a must-read for someone serious about performance, or for the casual fan who wants to learn what really makes athletes tick--on and off the field."
--Ian Eagle, CBS Sports/YES Network/Westwood One Radio

""Stillpower" is not just one of the best books on improving sports performance ever written--it is a must-read for coaches and performers in any field of human endeavor. While you work on your game or career, the ideas in this book will go to work on you."
--Michael Neill, author of "Supercoach"

"The brilliance of Garret Kramer's perspective is that he takes the often complicated process of achieving one's best performance and turns it into a direct, natural, and positive understanding . . . "Stillpower" provides the simple, yet powerful message the sports world has been looking for."
--Sean Hutchison, US Olympic swimming coach

"As I reflect back on my personal quest to develop character through the sport of football, I greatly identify with the wisdom and principles of this book. "Stillpower" is a profound playbook for the athletic and life journey. Garret Kramer shows us that people become what they think in their heart, not in their head."
--Tyrone Keys, founder of All Sports Community Services, Super Bowl-winning defensive end--Chicago Bears

"Garret Kramer understands the importance of having 'your head right.' "Stillpower" reveals the optimum mental functioning of an athlete and the real source of that functioning. Under this paradigm, individuals involved in sports will enjoy the character-building benefits often promised by participation. Even children will find athletics more enjoyable and, at the same time, achieve high levels of success. I know this may all sound like a tall order, but this book honestly offers that potential."
--George Pransky, PhD

"I was first introduced to sports psychology in the 1970s when I was playing professional baseball. Like all athletes, I was constantly in search of that magical place called 'the zone, ' where the game slows down and pitches are suddenly easy to track. Contrary to what most people think, however, finding your way to 'the zone' doesn't come from grinding or strength of will-- it comes from another source. Stillpower reveals this surprising source. If you're a serious athlete, coach, sports parent--in fact, anyone--I strongly suggest you read what Garret Kramer has to say about getting to the top of your game, on and off the field."
--Rick Wolf, sports psychology expert and host of THE SPORTS EDGE, WFAN Radio, New York

"I first heard Garret Kramer speak in 2009, and I was instantly intrigued by his message and approach to athletic mental performance. "Stillpower" takes a unique perspective that will challenge your traditional beliefs. If you keep an open mind and really listen to what this book has to say, you will realize how much easier and more positive life can be, and why the notion of 'no pain, no gain' will never help in your pursuit of success."
--Rob Naddelman, president of Baseball Factory

"The message introduced in this book is the reverse of any mental strategy or technique that I have ever tried. "Stillpower" has shown me that my thoughts and moods create my perceptions. So, instead of being victimized by my circumstances, I determine my own performance level--no matter what is happening outside of me. As a result of understanding the principles of thought and consciousness, I now find myself in 'the zone' way more often. Thanks to Garret Kramer I just had the best year of my professional career."
--Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators forward

"I have often invited Garret Kramer to speak to our elite prep athletes throughout the country. He has opened their minds to a new way of looking at performance. He has taught them that free will is the number one ingredient for success on and off the football field. Take your time reading Stillpower. These thoughtful lessons will change the way you look at the athletic journey. This book is invaluable to anyone who wants to perform better in the heat of competition."
--Richard McGuinness, president of Football University, creator and producer of the US Army All-American Bowl on NBC

"Garret Kramer has refused to accept preexisting concepts about understanding the cerebral part of athletic competition. Through perceptive analysis and examples, "Stillpower" unlocks a thought-provoking and groundbreaking approach. Over the past three decades, I have been fortunate to observe, from close range, thousands of athletes and coaches in their pursuit of excellence. All of them could benefit from reading this book, not only to reach new heights on the playing field but in their lives away from the game as well."
--Rob Cowen, nine-time Emmy Award-winning sports television producer

"Having represented professional athletes for more than twenty-five years, it isn't often you come across a book so crucial for an athlete. From high school and college prospects to the pros, "Stillpower" provides athletes a unique edge. In a counterintuitive sense, Garret Kramer takes the player back to a childlike and free state of mind, where external circumstances are irrelevant. The inner peace and mind-set that an athlete can achieve through the understanding revealed in this book can transform the athlete and create a happier day-to-day existence, eventually allowing the player to become extremely effective in the game."
--Jay Grossman, president of PuckAgency, LLC

"In his thought-provoking book "Stillpower "(the opposite of willpower), Garrett Kramer challenges the world of sports psychology as sports teams, athletes, writers and fans view it. In so doing, he has also presented a formula which could be applied to one's everyday life."
--Christopher Ralph, "The Hockey Writers"

"Kramer leaves you with a game plan for the future - essentially 10 points to deal with life when you're struggling -and who among us doesn't struggle at some point. These are succinct reminders and useful words that can help change your mindset and hence your reality."
--Leigh McAdam, "Hike Bike Travel"

Garret Kramer has overturned much of the conventional wisdom about coaching and performance . . . "Stillpower" is an insightful and profound book.
Daniel H. Pink, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Drive "and "A Whole New Mind""

A clear and quiet state of mind isn t just a key element in sports; it s also important in finance, relationships, and life. The principles introduced in this book apply to so much more than athletics.
Jean Chatzky, author of the "New York Times "bestseller "Money 911""

In covering sports for more than twenty years, I am always looking for what separates the good athletes from the great ones. Garret Kramer looks outside the box when it comes to athletics . . ." Stillpower" is a must-read for someone serious about performance, or for the casual fan who wants to learn what really makes athletes tick on and off the field.
Ian Eagle, CBS Sports/YES Network/Westwood One Radio"

''I believe the principles introduced in" Stillpower "are the future of athletic mental performance; actually, performance of any kind. This book helped me to recognize that in grinding so hard, I was reducing my chances to perform up to my capabilities. I now see why the game wasn't always as enjoyable as I wanted it to be, and my 'effort' rarely feels like work. In "Stillpower, " Garret Kramer offers hope for discovering our potential to perform freely, regardless of the circumstances of our lives. I hope, like me, you find this perspective to be extremely valuable.''
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils Captain and member of the US Olympic Hockey Team"

"Stillpower" is not just one of the best books on improving sports performance ever written it is a must-read for coaches and performers in any field of human endeavor. While you work on your game or career, the ideas in this book will go to work on you.
Michael Neill, author of "Supercoach""

The brilliance of Garret Kramer s perspective is that he takes the often complicated process of achieving one s best performance and turns it into a direct, natural, and positive understanding . . . "Stillpower" provides the simple, yet powerful message the sports world has been looking for.
Sean Hutchison, US Olympic swimming coach"

As I reflect back on my personal quest to develop character through the sport of football, I greatly identify with the wisdom and principles of this book. "Stillpower" is a profound playbook for the athletic and life journey. Garret Kramer shows us that people become what they think in their heart, not in their head.
Tyrone Keys, founder of All Sports Community Services, Super Bowl winning defensive end Chicago Bears"

Garret Kramer understands the importance of having your head right. "Stillpower" reveals the optimum mental functioning of an athlete and the real source of that functioning. Under this paradigm, individuals involved in sports will enjoy the character-building benefits often promised by participation. Even children will find athletics more enjoyable and, at the same time, achieve high levels of success. I know this may all sound like a tall order, but this book honestly offers that potential.
George Pransky, PhD"

I was first introduced to sports psychology in the 1970s when I was playing professional baseball. Like all athletes, I was constantly in search of that magical place called the zone, where the game slows down and pitches are suddenly easy to track. Contrary to what most people think, however, finding your way to the zone doesn t come from grinding or strength of will it comes from another source. Stillpower reveals this surprising source. If you re a serious athlete, coach, sports parent in fact, anyone I strongly suggest you read what Garret Kramer has to say about getting to the top of your game, on and off the field.
Rick Wolf, sports psychology expert and host of THE SPORTS EDGE, WFAN Radio, New York"

I first heard Garret Kramer speak in 2009, and I was instantly intrigued by his message and approach to athletic mental performance. "Stillpower" takes a unique perspective that will challenge your traditional beliefs. If you keep an open mind and really listen to what this book has to say, you will realize how much easier and more positive life can be, and why the notion of no pain, no gain will never help in your pursuit of success.
Rob Naddelman, president of Baseball Factory"

The message introduced in this book is the reverse of any mental strategy or technique that I have ever tried. "Stillpower" has shown me that my thoughts and moods create my perceptions. So, instead of being victimized by my circumstances, I determine my own performance level no matter what is happening outside of me. As a result of understanding the principles of thought and consciousness, I now find myself in the zone way more often. Thanks to Garret Kramer I just had the best year of my professional career.
Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators forward"

I have often invited Garret Kramer to speak to our elite prep athletes throughout the country. He has opened their minds to a new way of looking at performance. He has taught them that free will is the number one ingredient for success on and off the football field. Take your time reading Stillpower. These thoughtful lessons will change the way you look at the athletic journey. This book is invaluable to anyone who wants to perform better in the heat of competition.
Richard McGuinness, president of Football University, creator and producer of the US Army All-American Bowl on NBC"

Garret Kramer has refused to accept preexisting concepts about understanding the cerebral part of athletic competition. Through perceptive analysis and examples, "Stillpower" unlocks a thought-provoking and groundbreaking approach. Over the past three decades, I have been fortunate to observe, from close range, thousands of athletes and coaches in their pursuit of excellence. All of them could benefit from reading this book, not only to reach new heights on the playing field but in their lives away from the game as well.
Rob Cowen, nine-time Emmy Award winning sports television producer"

Having represented professional athletes for more than twenty-five years, it isn t often you come across a book so crucial for an athlete. From high school and college prospects to the pros, "Stillpower" provides athletes a unique edge. In a counterintuitive sense, Garret Kramer takes the player back to a childlike and free state of mind, where external circumstances are irrelevant. The inner peace and mind-set that an athlete can achieve through the understanding revealed in this book can transform the athlete and create a happier day-to-day existence, eventually allowing the player to become extremely effective in the game.
Jay Grossman, president of PuckAgency, LLC"

In his thought-provoking book "Stillpower "(the opposite of willpower), Garrett Kramer challenges the world of sports psychology as sports teams, athletes, writers and fans view it. In so doing, he has also presented a formula which could be applied to one s everyday life.
Christopher Ralph, "The Hockey Writers""

Kramer leaves you with a game plan for the future - essentially 10 points to deal with life when you re struggling -and who among us doesn t struggle at some point. These are succinct reminders and useful words that can help change your mindset and hence your reality.
Leigh McAdam, "Hike Bike Travel""

Review

''As I reflect back on my personal quest to develop character through the sport of football, I greatly identify with the wisdom and principles of this book. Stillpower is a profound playbook for the athletic and life journey. Garret Kramer shows us that a person becomes what he thinks in his heart, not in his head.'' -- Tyrone Keys "Super Bowl-winning defensive end for the Chicago Bears, founder of All-Sports Community Services"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (5 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL54N2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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Garret Kramer is a coach who works in a context where results are very visable, ie sports. Yet instead of more techniques that we SHOULD be using he writes about our state of mind and the relationship between our state of mind and our activity in the world. This is a profoundly optimistic book, Garret shows us that our minds are essentially positive and creative and not getting in our own way is the answer.
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While this isn't the perfect book for me there are nuggets of gold in here. The only reason it isn't perfect for me, is not to do with the quality of the writing or the thought and most importantly experience behind it. It's just that it's aimed at a specific market which I'm not part of - ie sports coaches.

This book explains 'the zone' brilliantly and how to enable people to get into that place of flow. Useful for anyone wanting to find their flow, too, which was why I read it. An easy read, enjoyable and very thought provoking.
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This book takes you to an understanding of what not to do when you are struggling not just in sport but in life in general. If coaches and leaders in the sporting world come to understand what this author's message offers, our young sports people will truly learn life skills through sport.
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I am a martial arts instructor and I will also say that I have had the pleasure of meeting Garret in person. Over the past year I have read the book three times and each time I have seen something new. In Stillpower, Garret doesn't refer to martial arts but it is clear that what he is proposing applies to any activity and to how we engage with life in general. Garret really does walk his talk so I would encourage anyone to give this book a try. It is well written, easy to read and challenging. What's more I think he is right in what he is saying.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Garret Kramer a couple of years ago and knew very little about him. I had spent 10 years reading books on self-development, attending courses and listening to tapes/cds. Garret had a completely different approach and I found myself disagreeing with what he was saying as it went against my view of how the world worked. However, as I continued to listen to him, I saw the logic in what he presented and subsequently purchased his book. I went on to deliver his concepts within the company I worked for at the time and it was very well received. I now recommend his book highly to anyone looking at a different approach to high quality performance whether on the field or off it.
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I value the concept of performing from a calm state, having found it healthy and effective in my own experiences in sports and acting, so find value in discussing this state.

Some of the analysis of other peoples' mental processes at critical moments appears to be purely speculative which undermines my faith in the concepts built upon these 'insights', and proposing real-world insights from a feature film drama is unsound.

Overall, an interesting book essentially arguing for operating from a state of 'flow'.
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This book explains and demonstrates some important truths about performance that are often overlooked. The wealth of real world example and stories really help to bring what the author is sharing to life, making it easy to see in all other areas of life - not just sport. Whether you're interested in sport, performance, performance psychology or if you just have an interest in what makes people tick, you'll find this book thought provoking.
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