Performing in the Zone

Performing in the Zone

What is The Zone? The Zone is intangible. It is that ideal - that place - that state of mind - where performing is easy, your actions are effortless, and your results exceed all expectations. Actors, musicians, public speakers, dancers, models, sports-people, entertainers, and singers - we're all performers. We all receive training, practise for countless hours, enter the performance environment, and sooner or later, for better or for worse, we get affected by the performance situation. We experience performance arousal - a phenomenon which can either get us into The Zone or cause devastating performance anxiety. So what really is performance arousal? How can you better understand it? How can you control your performance arousal instead of letting it control you? With Performing in The Zone, you too can discover the secrets of performance arousal and unleash your true performing potential! You too can perform in The Zone!

Back to the Zone

Sport and Inner Experience

Back to the Zone

For athletes in any sport: a guide to entering “the Zone” at will “The Zone” is that quasi-mystical state achieved only rarely by athletes, when everything flows effortlessly and you can do no wrong. Unfortunately, we enter the Zone seemingly at random, when it is least expected. The great hope of all competitors is to be able to summon the Zone at will. Toward this end, Back to the Zone breaks the Zone down into its many components and helps the athlete optimize each one: balance, absorption, clarity, feedback, concentration, control, loss of self-consciousness, imagination, positive thoughts, energy, self-esteem, meditation, and quiet mind. Ultimately, Damien Lafont shows us that reaching the Zone is more about freeing our mind from the unnecessary rather than learning new techniques and concepts. This is a short, clear, practical guide for athletes in all sports. With it the golfer or the baseball player, the runner or the swimmer, the tennis player or the cyclist will all reach new levels of performance, and will find themselves “in the Zone” more often. _____________________ “Every athlete must go beyond; transcend the barriers of pain, mind and fear. Here, they reach a holy land within themselves that gives the athlete the gift and power of feeling oneness—a connectedness. Every athlete and person has the ability to experience this grand unity and I applaud anyone who reads this book and is inspired to allow this true and natural experience for themselves.” —Catherine Louise Birmingham, international equestrian rider, coach, and author of Ride for Life: Three Golden Principles for Riders “Words often feel inadequate to describe the quasi-mystical state of ‘being in the Zone.’ Damien Lafont’s Back to the Zone remarkably achieves a new level of understanding, insightfully using the voices of those who experienced it, blending them as in a Bach fugue, as in a collective jazz improvisation. Reading this book, we feel closer to it, we feel it.” —Marco Iacoboni, professor, UCLA, and author of Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others

Empowerment

The Competitive Edge in Sports, Business & Life

Empowerment


Scripture and Sport Psychology

Mental-Game Techniques for the Christian Athlete

Scripture and Sport Psychology

"Scripture and Sport Psychology: Mental-Game Techniques for the Christian Athlete is the first book to combine principles from the Holy Bible and sport psychology literature into a straightforward and practical guide for improving mental skills and athletic performance. Without a strong mental-game, athletes limit their ability to perform optimally. Drawing from enlightening parallels from the Bible and sport psychology research, the author provides effective techniques to enhance the mental fortitude necessary for peak performance."--Back cover.

From the Stage to the Studio

How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers

From the Stage to the Studio

"The fact is, you will teach." from the Foreword by Stephen Clapp, Dean Emeritus, The Julliard School. Whether serving on the faculty at a university, maintaining a class of private students, or fulfilling an invitation as guest artist in a master class series, virtually all musicians will teach during their careers. From the Stage to the Studio speaks directly to the performing musician, highlighting the significant advantages of becoming distinguished both as a performer and a pedagogue. Drawing on over sixty years of combined experience, authors Cornelia Watkins and Laurie Scott provide the guidance and information necessary for any musician to translate his or her individual approach into productive and rewarding teacher-student interactions. Premised on the synergistic relationship between teaching and performing, this book provides a structure for clarifying the essential elements of musical artistry, and connects them to such tangible situations as setting up a studio, teaching a master class, interviewing for a job, judging competitions, and recruiting students. From the Stage to the Studio serves as an essential resource for university studio faculty, music pedagogy teachers, college music majors, and professionals looking to add effective teaching to their artistic repertoire.

Sport Hypnosis

Sport Hypnosis

Harness the power of your own mind! Hypnosis is now a mainstream, modern training technique used by top professionals; it's not the submissive state that has been portrayed in movies and misunderstood by the public. It can help you sharpen your mental focus, relax your body, visualize success, stimulate healing, and control your emotions during training or when facing important competitions. The positive effects are similar to what sport psychologists, coaches, and athletes refer to when they talk about “getting in the zone.” In this state of mental functioning you channel attention and energies fully toward the task at hand. Sport Hypnosisis a guide to that special psychological realm and the higher performance athletes aspire to. First, Sport Hypnosispresents an overview of mental training and hypnosis. Next, the book provides specific information on how you can use hypnosis to enhance a variety of mental skills. These skills include relaxation, imagery, goal setting, concentration, easing pain, and increasing inner strength. Finally, because athletes rarely focus on one skill at a time, Sport Hypnosisdescribes in detail how coaches and athletes can apply and combine different hypnotic techniques. Five case studies explain how athletes improved several aspects of their performance through hypnosis. You'll read how hypnosis helped a soccer player eliminate a long-standing, debilitating hamstring pain and how a basketball player achieved a higher free-throw percentage. Author Dr. Don Liggett presents the hypnosis techniques that he has applied effectively with athletes in many different sports. You can adopt these techniques readily to your own training and competitions. If you're looking for a way to improve the mental side of your performance equation, Sport Hypnosisjust may be the edge you need to become a champion.

The Practice Player

A Hustler’s Odyssey

The Practice Player

For Marine Sergeant Henry Chaney, billiards is more than just a way to pass the time. He knows that the perfect game can be found for those who dare to accept the challenge to master it. When the spirit known as the Force mysteriously takes over your endeavor, he believes, you will experience an “in-the-zone” performance—the epitome of invincibility. Henry now understands that aiming is not done with the eyes; it is done with the spirit within. He becomes the confident master of the mysterious “in-the-zone” technique. His dreams of being a professional are finally within his reach. First, he needs to square things up with Scully, his longtime nemesis—a constant thorn in his side. But Scully has other plans for Henry’s future. Before Henry can put the secret of this mystical mindset to work to further his professional billiards aspirations, he is incapacitated by a brutal attack. Soaked in bitterness, he vows to take the secret to his grave. Twenty-two years later, Henry reemerges, no longer a viable player. He meets Jason Reese, another player, struggling to enter the Zone again. Now, these two players, a generation apart, will search for answers on parallel paths back to greatness. Events reach a head in a $100,000 tournament with even bigger stakes. It’s a do-or-die match for the money—enough to save a seven-year-old boy’s leg from amputation. Will the Zone embrace those who seek it—or will the very human weaknesses of the players overcome their desire to master the spirit instead?

30 Key Questions that Unlock Management

30 Key Questions that Unlock Management

This book will show you how to: obtain the best from your staff and improve the productivity of your team to manage and build a better working relationship with your boss increase your personal power – to get noticed and increase your circle of influence recognise and use new opportunities to your full advantage, helping you to achieve your full potential deal with difficult political situations, have an impact in the wider organisational context and help change happen create allies and advocates and enhance your reputation achieve a healthy work–life balance without compromising your career prospects.

Working Toward Excellence

8 Values for Achieving Uncommon Success in Work and Life

Working Toward Excellence

“Weaves together thoughts, stories, and quotes from top performers in music, business, and sports to help you achieve excellence” (Jeff Janssen, founder and president of the Janssen Sports Leadership Center). Does excellence relentlessly drive you? Does mediocrity constantly bother you? In Working Toward Excellence, Clemson University professor Paul Buyer identifies eight values for achieving excellence in work and life including hunger, effort, process, quality, consistency, leadership, time, and perseverance. Each chapter features inspiring stories, questions, and quotes from respected professionals who have achieved uncommon success in business, sports, education, and the arts such as John Maxwell, Jim Collins, Stephen Covey, John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski, Wynton Marsalis, Isaac Stern, and many others. Also included is a Working Toward Excellence Evaluation to help you and your organization reach your true potential and further develop, improve, and measure these essential attributes of success. “Working Toward Excellence has captures my attention in a big way. It is filled with valuable and practical information. It will make a major difference in your life.” —Pat Williams, Orlando Magic, senior vice president, author of Leadership Excellence