The Courage to Win in Sports Ebook Review
I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially since it's free; but in case you want to know more before you click on the link (or image on the right), here's my review...
Who Is Lisa Lane Brown?
Lisa is a former world-class athlete-a three-time world champion in her sport-not an ivory tower sports psychologist trying to sell you something she read in a book.
For over 14 years, Lisa has worked with thousands of professional and amateur athletes, helping them master the mental side of the game. It's been her lifelong career.
It was her failures that ignited her desire to find the solution to the pressure situations all athletes face when competing.
After many years of searching, developing and refining, Lisa now has a system that enables athletes to perform their best under pressure.
The first part of the system is explained in The Courage to Win in Sports ebook, which consists of four chapters.
Chapter 1 - "What Is The Courage To Win?"The first chapter explains why athletes feel pressure in the first place:
"What all athletes (including your competitors) are doing is focusing on winning. They're wondering how they can look good to spectators, coaches, and teammates. They're wondering how to stop themselves from choking. Most of all, they're wondering how to avoid losing.
These impulses are a big disadvantage to winning. They are a big disadvantage because they put pressure on you by creating fear, because you cannot control any of these things. Your edge will come from approaching your competition differently than your opponents."
Lisa also explains her story; how she didn't perform well in her sport, Ringette (a sport similar to ice hockey); how she realized the importance of the mental game, and how she basically read all about mental toughness, took certification training, and eventually came up with her own system.
Chapter 2 - "Breakthrough Confidence"The second chapter explains the vital role of confidence for an athlete to perform at their best:
"When you are confident, you BELIEVE in your athletic self. You have the conviction that you can do it-you can win. You might not always win, but you believe in your heart of hearts that you can, and this keeps you aggressive and gives you the will to win. When you are fearful instead of confident, you are passive."
And why do athletes often lack confidence?
"Virtually every athlete tries to gain confidence by trying to CONTROL, and this is what your competitors are doing: they're trying to control the outcome. They're obsessed with winning, which is an outcome. They're thinking about how to perform well and look good, which is an outcome."
You can find an article about control on this site, too and what Lisa says is that there is a direct connection between control and confidence, which makes sense of course.
The more you focus on controlling the outcome, the more you realize (deep inside) that the outcome is not guaranteed and, therefore, you cannot really feel confident about achieving it.
There's an exercise in this chapter that will help you identify where you are focusing on the wrong things and, as a result, keep losing confidence.
You'll also learn what you need to focus on so that you will play your best game, whether it's tennis or basketball or golf, when it is most needed.
Chapter 3 - "How To Psych Up The Day Of Your Event"The third chapter will teach you how to put up your game face. Here's why you need it:
"You need a GAME FACE because success at the highest levels of sport is as thin as a razor's edge. It's not the best team or athlete that wins on competition day; it's the athlete who performs the best that wins."
Lisa will teach you how to use a special type of visualization, Emotional Visualization, that will bring out the game face, the key to confidence, during competition.
While many athletes may visualize, they don't do it correctly or they don't follow through long enough to achieve results.
You'll also learn how to ease performance anxiety in case you're really agitated before a competition.
Chapter 4 - "How to Be Resilient in the Face of Adversity, Challenges, and Setbacks in Competition"The last chapter of The Courage to Win in Sports ebook explains what stressors are and how you can deal with them.
"If you are fortunate enough to have a day when nothing bad happens to you, you will perform well and win. In the world of mental training, bad things that happen to you are known as "distractions" or "stressors" because they distract you from your "A" game-your best performance. Every time these stressors show up, you tend to lose confidence and your performance suffers."
You'll learn how to identify your personal stressors and how to overcome them. There are a few different strategies that Lisa suggests, but I am going to reveal just one here:
"A final strategy for being resilient in the face of adversity is to accept yourself. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you do not win or put forth a peak performance. Unless you heal yourself of these traumas, they will build up in your unconscious mind and cause you to choke-simply because you have not faced and healed them in your heart."
The Courage to Win in Sports free ebook from Lisa Lane Brown is an excellent guide to mental toughness with some ideas and connections that are new, even to me.
The connection between control and confidence definitely makes sense, and I really recommend you download the free ebook and take the time to read it.
It will teach you how to focus on the right factors that will release you from the stress in competition and allow you to play your best.