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The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life

Narrated by: Dr. Eddie O'Connor
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice. Practice. Practice." Today, the relatively new science of performance psychology tells us that old answer is incomplete at best. In The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life, clinical sport psychologist Eddie O'Connor, PhD, shares the best ways for you to reach your personal Carnegie Hall based on the latest scientific research - whether your performance environment is music, dance, business, or sport. These often surprising research results will make you rethink your own performance strategies, offering approaches you might never have considered and busting myths you might have taken as truth.

As Dr. O'Connor explains, the work of a sport psychologist is not defined by sport, but by the science of performance psychology, the mental aspects of superior performance in settings where excellence is central - usually sports, the performing arts, business, and high-risk professions such as the military. In Dr. O'Connor's work and in this course, sport is a lens through which to view the issues of practice, anxiety, injury, confidence, and more - issues that apply to any performer.

We've always known that physical training can reshape our bodies. This exciting research reveals that mental training also can modify the structure and function of our brains, resulting in increased neurological ability to perform a particular skill. Purposeful practice gets you there. Learn why it's the only thing that can.

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Perfect for anyone who competes... or trains...

I climb, saw the cover and saw mountains, thought I would start with this as my first Audible journey and I was not disappointed! I have learned more about myself and the way I approach my sport from this than I thought was possible! Broken down into easily digestible chunks of information! It has poured into my day to day approach to getting things done!

#Audible1 #RecommendThisBook #Climber

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Recovering Entrepreneurs...

#Audible1 Few books have impacted me in such a timely way. He explained burnout in a way which I could both understand and accept. This book has definitely aided me in my journey
Good narration!

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Amazing guidelines to maximize performance

Mostly targeted towards sport, but the pointers can be taken and applied to any type of performance. The narration is super good, and it is easy to follow

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Well rounded and practical

Great book that’s well rounded and practical. A good read and scientifically based. Author cites many studies.

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  • tecsined
  • 2017-12-06

Excelente conferences and outstanding content.

I am an amateur musician and I got this audiobook to see if it can give some tips to improve, to my surprise I found that this has a lot of good information and pragmatic knowledge that I can use a parent as well. I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot

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  • Eagle Driver
  • 2017-12-07

Good Performance, Got Lost in Content,

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Dr. Eddie O'Connor?

Big fan of the Great Courses, would not purchase another book from this author.

Would you recommend The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life to your friends? Why or why not?

Marginal recommendation. Some chapters relevant. Would start with Chapter 3. Early part of book is history of sports psychology or interpreting psychological methods used in the past. I was looking for applications recommendations which are found in Chapter 3. Mid part of book was into meditation and positive thinking ... which started to lose me.

I felt like this was a 3 chapter book which was crammed into 12. Would only recommend if you ok skipping irrelevant content.

What about Dr. Eddie O'Connor’s performance did you like?

Pace and presentation are excellent. Dr. O'Connor is clearly an experienced and knowledgeable presenter.

Did The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life inspire you to do anything?

Helped me with some specific types of goal setting to achieve objectives.

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  • Sarah Janosik
  • 2018-08-13

This course helped me personally and professionall

Dr O'Connor's course was a great help to me. As an older dressage rider learning how develop my skill, this course helped me think through the steps I need to take to have my best outcome and quite frankly- fun- doing the sport I love. I learned how important clarifying my values and developing a mindfulness practice will help me act and react in ways that reflects those values. Even though as a psychotherapist, I know this in my daily life, I had not understood how it can change how I practice and how that will make me a better rider.
I have also used the information in this course to help my clients change their behaviors or at least understand why doing therapy along, without a daily practice of some kind, inhibits the progress they want.
Thank you Dr O'Connor and please do more.

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  • Alice in Dallas
  • 2018-07-12

Applicable outside of sports

Though this course is sport-focused, and this may resonate best with those who have played sports, essentially every lecture is more broadly applicable to other pursuits (work, relationships), and to life in general

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  • Brandon K. Kirkham
  • 2018-11-29

Excellent Course

The instructor ensures all aspects of performance translate into athletics and work. It’s a comprehensive approach to the psychology of performance.

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  • De'Von Walker
  • 2018-08-31

Good read, sport psychology focus.

pretty good book. heavy focus on sports psychology wish it had general information as well.

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  • Tim Wright
  • 2018-07-13

Excellent information. Very interesting.

Really interesting. Very thorough and engaging. Highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy sports.

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  • Grant Nielsen
  • 2018-01-03

Fantastic listen.

Would you listen to The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life again? Why?

Yes. There is s lot of great information. Enough that I'll need to go back several times.

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  • Daniel González
  • 2017-12-27

insightful and interesting

it was a self knowing experience. I love the way the author express possible course of action to several common problems

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