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Good advice for sports and life

  • Aug 16, 2011
Sigmund Freud revealed that a high percentage of human action is motivated by a person's subconscious. The pagan and Jewish philosophers Aristotle and Maimonides stressed that people should develop habits of behavior according to the golden mean, the middle between the extremes of avoidance and excess, so that when a situation arises they will react unconsciously in a proper manner according to their habits. The writer Ayn Rand advised other writers not to struggle over their manuscripts but to let their subconscious write for them. Without mentioning these or similar sources Garret Kramer applies this idea to sports: do not struggle to perform well; relax, and insights will flow from the player's subconscious. This solution, he writes, is simple and understandable.

Kramer doesn't address how to develop skills initially, but how to use them in a successful and enjoyable manner once the skills are achieved. He does so with many examples, quotes, and true stories of success on virtually every page. Kramer writes that his solution can be used in sports and daily life; it can instill proper discipline and make life more enjoyable.

He shows how sport players who are successful describe their high performance as freedom, natural, and easy; as coming out of nowhere and requiring no thought. This occurs because players don't need to think, struggle, or worry; their subconscious, which knows how to act correctly, does the work. Nervousness, for example, is natural and neutral. It doesn't help or hinder performance. The answer to nervousness is "just let them be. If allowed (rather than fought), they will clear up on their own…. Simply quite down and contrast the feeling of willpower with the feelings of stillpower, ease, clarity, and responsiveness…. The zone (of success) exists in the depths of every person's soul."

Thus, to site another example, the general practice of coaches passionately motivating their players will work, at best, only for a short while and will not give the players the same success and satisfaction that comes from their own inner being. In contrast, stillpower, he writes will establish an enjoyable way of life.
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''Garret Kramer has overturned much of the conventional wisdom about coaching and performance. With persuasive logic and an array of interesting stories, he shows the limits of grind-it-out willpower and the potential of insight, mindfulness, and even love.Stillpoweris an insightful and, at times, profound book.'' --Daniel H. Pink,New York Timesbest-selling author,DriveandA Whole New Mind

''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. His views have provided me with incredible insight. When I'm calling the action, I now have an appreciation of an athlete's true mental state. 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, CBA Sports/YES Network/Westwood One Radio

''A clear and quite state of mind isn't just a key element in sports; it's also important in finance and life. Without the understanding that Garret Kramer conveys, the best advice can be lost or forgotten, and the worst could be followed--no matter how smart you are. The principles introduced in this book apply to so much more than athletics.'' --Jean Chatzky, New York Times best-selling author, Money 911

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ISBN-10: 1608321851
ISBN-13: 978-1608321858
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press

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