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  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Personal Growth / Success
  • Language:English
  • Pages:230
  • eBook ISBN:9780985146115

Performance Thinking

Mental Skills for the Competitive World...and for Life!

by Jacques Dallaire, Ph.D.

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Overview

“Performance Thinking – Mental Skills for the Competitive World…and for Life!”, by Dr. Jacques Dallaire of Performance Prime, addresses two basic but profoundly important questions that are relevant to every human being on the planet: ‘How do I mentally sabotage my own performance?’ and ‘How can I control my thinking in order to optimize my performance?’ This interactive book provides a simple, powerful framework of mental “Rules” that the reader can use to understand clearly how the way that they think – directly and indirectly – influences how they perform. Fear of failure and the influence of distractions are the two most common complaints that people identify when it comes to the self-sabotage of their own performance. Internal negative thoughts increase anxiety and heightened anxiety levels ultimately lead to a fundamentally incorrect focus that corrupts performance and negatively influences mental and physical health. This book discusses the dangers associated with an overriding focus on results, explains how we mentally process information at a basic level, describes the direct impact that imagery has on performance, and explores in detail what the ‘skill’ of focus or concentration is actually about...and how to control it. The A.C.T. Model© process that Dr. Dallaire shares is a methodology that has been proven over decades to help thousands of top performers from many different walks of life achieve – and even exceed – their performance goals. The process, while simple in design and execution, is a powerful tool that can help the reader to control their thoughts in challenging situations and as a result, optimize their performance. It describes a systematic process of self-analysis and self-correction that engages the unconscious mind in a way that fosters the mental “Zone” associated with optimal performance. Visit the website to find out more about “Performance Thinking” and Dr. Dallaire’s work in the high performance domain. Book Foreword written by Patrick Dempsey.

Description

“Performance Thinking – Mental Skills for the Competitive World…and for Life!”, by Dr. Jacques Dallaire of Performance Prime, addresses two basic but profoundly important questions that are relevant to every human being on the planet: ‘How do I mentally sabotage my own performance?’ and ‘How can I control my thinking in order to optimize my performance?’ This interactive book provides a simple, powerful framework of mental “Rules” that the reader can use to understand clearly how the way that they think – directly and indirectly – influences how they perform. The disruptive influence of distractions is one of the most common complaints that people identify when it comes to the self-sabotage of their own performance. Distractions (both internal, in their own mind and external, from the environment around them), cause individuals to struggle and have difficulty remaining correctly focused on the task in front of them. These distractions negatively impact performance because focus of attention is diverted away from the task to the source of their worry. Dr. Dallaire makes the case that, at its most basic level, the secret to the mental game ultimately is the ability to control focus of attention so that it is directed to the correct thing at the correct time. “Performance Thinking” clearly outlines the nature of this problem and presents practical and effective solutions to address this thorny issue. Fear of failure is also often cited by individuals as an overriding, emotional response that consumes their thinking and drives their behavior. This is especially true in challenging or difficult situations. In environments where results are seen as critical and where the task being targeted is challenging, fear of not being successful or concern over what others might think of them if they do fail, often influences performance in a negative way. Internal negative thoughts increase anxiety and heightened anxiety levels ultimately lead to a fundamentally incorrect focus that corrupts performance and negatively influences mental and physical health. “Performance Thinking” sheds light on why? and how? this decay in thinking occurs and exactly how self-doubt leads to inferior performance. It also establishes a practical framework of thinking that can reshape your dominant thought and positively influence your ability to perform. The book discusses the dangers associated with an overriding focus on results, explains how we mentally process information at a fundamental level, describes the direct impact that imagery has on performance, and explores in detail what the ‘skill’ of focus or concentration is...and how to control it. The A.C.T. Model© process that Dr. Dallaire shares in the final section of the book is a methodology that has been proven over decades to help thousands of top performers from many different walks of life achieve – and even exceed – their performance goals. The process, while simple in both design and execution, is a powerful performance modeling tool that can help readers control their thoughts in challenging situations and as a result, optimize their performance. It describes a systematic process of self-analysis and self-correction that engages the unconscious mind in a way that fosters the development of the mental “Zone” that is associated with optimal performance. The mindset that appears to be characteristic of champions can be modeled and learned, and “Performance Thinking” provides a road map to the development of this kind of thinking. It is truely a mental skills ‘toolkit’ to optimize personal performance.

About the author

Dr. Jacques Dallaire received his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta (Canada) in 1979. He taught at McGill University in Montreal for five years before assuming the then newly-created position of Manager of Science and Medicine Programs at Sport Canada (a division of the Canadian Government’s Ministry of Fitness and Amateur Sport). While at Sport Canada, Dr. Dallaire was responsible for the management of the Sport Science Support Program which provided funding to more than forty National Sport Governing Bodies, to support their sport science initiatives. He was also on the review panel for the Sport Science Research Program and served as the liaison between the government of Canada and the Sports Medicine Council of Canada and its four professional member organizations. Dr. Dallaire relocated to the US in 1992 to develop a comprehensive performance enhancement program under the name Human Performance International, where he served as President for eight years. In 1998 he moved to the Charlotte, NC area where he ultimately formed Performance Prime and currently serves as its President. Over the past forty years, Dr. Dallaire has enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with nearly seven hundred high-performance motor racing drivers from forty-three countries, in addition to many hundreds of high-performance individuals from a multitude of sports and a variety of occupations including law enforcement, the movie and entertainment world, and the business community. Dr. Dallaire splits his time delivering sports team and corporate group performance programs as well as individual one-on-one programs with high-performance competitors. He is a Founding Member of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences, a Board Member of the Stand 21 ‘Racing Goes Safer’ Foundation, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and in 2007 was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame – recognizing his innovative, state-of-the-art training strategies and the impact he has had on the sport.

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