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The Mind Gym

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by GrandpasArms, Sep 6, 2011.

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  1. GrandpasArms

    GrandpasArms Active Member

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    Bruce Maxwell forwarded a suggested reading list. I read one of the books this weekend, Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence, by Gary Mack and Alex Rodriguez. It is loaded with quality information, anecdotes, and tips. Toward the end of the book they relate the FIVE Ls (devised by some professors). Those 5 simple points have massive value - at least to me.

    Love - what you're doing.

    Labor - work at it.

    Learn - learn as much as you can, never stop studying

    Laugh - don't take any of it too seriously.

    Leave - get the heck out when you can no longer live up to the first 4 Ls.

    Bruce also offered a nifty mantra that I am incorporating into my shooting - soft focus on the area where the target should appear; see the target clearly; continue the shot after pulling the trigger. If I do just those three things I won't have time to shift my focus or my thoughts. I noticed a difference Sunday. I hope it continues Wednesday night. Thanks again, Bruce.

    Larry Frieders
     
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    This is good stuff, Larry. Good advise for many individual sports. Thanks, Jack
     
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    And don't forget the 6 Ps, proper planning prevents piss poor performance. HMB
     
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    You will find that Bruce Maxwell is one of the great ambassadors of our sport. I have known him for about 5 years now. He got me off the 20 yard line when Kiner, Leo, Nora, and Marshall couldn't. Birdtracker
     
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    Mind Gym is an excellent book. I have read quite a number of sports psychology books, and among those topping the list is Alan S. Goldberg's Sports Slump Busting. It goes into great detail on self-talk, imagery and dealing with setbacks in a positive manner. HIGHLY recommended.
     
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    Grandpa, why don't you post that list?
     
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    Another great book is The Way of the Champion by Jerry Lynch and Chungliang Al Huang. Anything by those two is great reading.
     
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    Good story in today's NYT, see link above. An excerpt.

    "Some players in the Open draw have faster serves than others or more penetrating ground strokes or better touch at the net. But at the elite level, those differences are negligible. Those who succeed are the ones who are really, really strong in the head."

    Dave Eberhart
     
  9. GrandpasArms

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    I'm fairly certain Bruce Maxwell wouldn't mind that I share this list. I have finished one and intend to read others. This will be part of L number 3 - LEARN.

    - PSYCHED TO WIN by Robert M. Nideffer

    - MIND GYM by Tom Maack

    - GOLF IS A GAME OF CONFIDENCE by Rotella

    - IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE by Terry Orlick

    - THE INNER GAME OF TENNIS by W. Timothy Gallwey

    - CATCH THEM BEING GOOD by Tony Dicicco and Colleen Hacker

    - MENTAL MANAGEMENT FOR GREAT GOLF by Dr. Bee Epstein-Shepherd

    There are several other books to read on the subject, but here are several others you might find interesting:

    - The World is Flat by Thomas Freedman (the world's access to information through the internet revolution)

    - Are You Really Listening by Paul Donoghue and Mary Siegel (communication between people - terrific book)

    - The Genius in All of US by David Shenk (this is the book I showed you today - about the relationship between Genetics, Talent, and IQ).
     
  10. Hal1225

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    Next to the Bible, "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. It's good mind training!!!


    Harry
     
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