mind gym by gary mack is quite good.
very american though and not very well written but its pretty easy to understand,i think its helped me a lot
competitive fire cant mind who wrote it but human kinetics published it
also a real good book called slump busting again i cant remember who wrote it but its one of the best sport psychology books ive read
Possibly Killed Micheal Jackson
Damn, the Gold Medal Mental Workout isn't available on Amazon,struggling to find it in the uk.
this is the link you need
Lloyd Irving stuff is good, so it tony robbins and some rhadi ferguson cd's
The best and easiest book I ever read on this was Wrestling tough by mike chapman
great stories about gable, coture, angle and even arnie! Very easy to read, just read a chapter and I swear you will want to do some push ups!!!
[QUOTE=Levo;218391]It's a package of a couple of books (a basic sports psychology book and a workbook of exercises), a set of CDs (basically covering what's in the books) and a DVD (Mike Fowler on his competition gameplan).
Can't remember how much it was, but it was expensive.
I got it from Lloyd Irvin. You had to pre-order it at the time, not sure if you can get it anymore. I've seen the workbook and CDs online to download a couple of times so you might be able to find some of it.
A lot of the information is available elsewhere and it's not perfect but it's specific to combat athletes and I did learn a lot from it. Worth the money? I don't know, but it was good and very convenient getting it in one package.
i have thought about buying it on a few occassions..if its knocking about i'll have a look for it again..
[QUOTE=Lou;217905]Just wondered if anyone could recommend any good
when you are having one of these bouts of lack of confidence try to be aware that you are in that state of mind. once you are aware you can then try and centre your self again. i.E reconnect with your five senses ( what do i see what can i smell what can i feel.) also try and rember what you were thinking of just before you have on of these bouts. There may be an open door.
I'd recommend the book called "the power of now" by eckhart tolle. On the surface it's a new age woo woo spiritual drivel book or at least I found it that way but after a long and difficult time absorbing the information in it, I found it helped me a LOT!
Most confidence issues stem usually from some form of negative thinking and the power of now basically trains your mind to pickup of negative thought patterns and cancel them immediately and "stay in the present" which basically means focusing 100% on whatever it is your doing so that your mind doesn't have the chance to wander to negative thoughts.
Just if you are as shallow as me, don't youtube him as just seeing what he looked liked, his body language and his dress sense put me off him for four months before I finally succumed to believing his teachings offered value.
Originally Posted by Lou
I have found Geoff Thompson's writing to be very useful not only for training but for every other aspect of life. He worked on the doors as a bouncer for 10 years and has a lifetime of martial arts experience behind him. He actually has a book spefically about conquering fear:
But I would recommend his other book stuff as well.
Hope this helps,
Gary 'Smiler' Turner
Can't wait until you post you've cracked it!
I like Sir Ranulph Feines fear technique - don't give yourself a chance to feel it, just do it!
For example, if he had to jump a ravine, he'd just get on with jumping, rather than thinking about the worry...
He says the worst thing to fear is fear itself...
I'm involved with a post traumatic stress disorder charity, and the correct hypnotherapy techniques are having incredible effects and the programme is about to go onto clinical trials now...but in two weeks they've had more success with their sample group than years of NHS...
Through this attachement I've been also working with a talented hypnotherapist NLP specialist. I know now how easy it is to manipulate a mind. One suggestion is to go to a talented and recommended local hypnotherapist, it could give you the answers you are looking for....
Best regards and good luck,
Female MMA Mod
I'm going to throw a spanner in the works here. Good sports psychology is great, but it's important to look at it in conjunction with your training.
Originally Posted by Lou
What I mean is that having a load of great tools to use, or even reassessing your view on life and what fear means to you - or whatever - is all very well. However, I think confidence is very closely related to how you train. Often the answer isn't to "stop being afraid", but to change how you're doing things. Very often fear is there for a reason, and sometimes it's sending you a message that you really should pay attention to.
For example - if you are just learning to box, and every time you try to do something your training partner who is larger and more experienced than you punches you in the face, then you're going to develop a lack of confidence in your boxing. The answer is not to read lots of sports psychology books to discover how to get over your lack of confidence. It may be to find better training partners.
I'm not suggesting that this is necessarily problem - but just pointing out the importance of looking at the situation from all angles. "Getting over your fear" or "feel the fear and do it anyway" are popular themes for self help books, but it's not always that simple - and nor would you necessarily want to. Good sports psychology takes this into account. Bad pop psychology often doesn't.