Essay on In Pursuit of Excellence Book Review

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In Pursuit of Excellence Book Review If I were new to the topic of sport psychology, and I asked someone to suggest a book that would give me an in-depth, how-to description of learning to control your mind and use it to your advantage, then I would expect them to suggest In Pursuit of Excellence. I have read a few different books on sport psychology, with all of them discussing the same information and techniques, but none of them go into the type of depth that this book does. It is almost as though this is the Bible of sport psychology; that is just how well Terry Orlick has written the fourth edition of his book, In Pursuit of Excellence. Like most North American athletes, I developed a passion for the physical part of the game at a …show more content…
The “Journey to Excellence” is a long and winding road, and it is one that requires a strong commitment, a single focus, and a very positive belief in yourself if you want to be the best, and I understand that more than ever now after reading this chapter. The chapter that has to be my absolute favorite is the one that talks about self-hypnosis because I have always wanted a much more broken down explanation of how to do it. I’ve read a few books and some articles but have never had a 100% clear explanation of how to do it, and do it effectively. The benefits of self-hypnosis are highly underestimated and misunderstood because when most people think of hypnosis, they think of magic shows where people are brought up on stage and made to do crazy things. They don’t understand that when used correctly, that self-hypnosis can be a great tool to use to improve your everyday life. The use of self-hypnosis allows us to reprogram our minds, getting rid of the negative beliefs we have about ourselves and our abilities, and replacing them with confident, positive affirmations that allow us to grow as individuals. The book states that “we all live and function far below our maximum mental and physical limits until something of sufficient importance triggers the use of our dominant mental and physical powers.” While a match or game is of sufficient importance to us, we most likely have not implanted the belief in our minds that we need to function to our

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