Bob Rotella’s latest book, How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life, may not make you a champion, but it will make you think about your role in life. “Most people never commit themselves to doing anything that offers worse than fifty-fifty odds of success,” says Dr. Bob Rotella, who’s also director of sports psychology at the University of Virginia. “Most people choose to live lives that are as safe and secure as they can make them. But then, most people don’t really think through the human situation. We’re blessed with one life, and that’s all we can be certain about. They take that one life they’re given and they drift through it. Maybe they’re satisfied with that.”
Rotella works with professional and amateur athletes who aim higher and push harder than the rest of us. They’re not satisfied with drifting. “The people I know who seek to be exceptional would not settle for a safe, secure and ultimately dull life. They have a different attitude toward their lives, a philosophy that impels them to go in the opposite direction, to seek excellence, to be exceptional.”
America’s preeminent sports psychologist delivers a groundbreaking guide to success in all aspects of life—not just sports—from business to relationships to personal challenges of every variety.
Rotella, an acclaimed sports psychologist, has advised everyone from professional golfers to NBA superstars to business executives on how to flourish under pressure and overcome challenges. Now, for the first time, he’s distilled his decades of in-depth research and practical experience into a potential-unlocking guide for everyone.
This exciting book is not a collection of Rotella’s theories; it consists of performance principles that have proven themselves in countless competitive situations, in arenas from which only the strongest minds emerge triumphant. It’s a book full of insights that you can learn and use the next morning—in the office, the classroom, or wherever your quest takes you—told not in abstractions, but through case studies and stories drawn from Rotella’s years teaching sports psychology, counseling athletes, and consulting for Fortune 500 companies. It explores how to keep the mind from holding you back, whatever your physical gifts or other talents. It’s about how to make a commitment, how to persevere, how to deal with failure—and how to train your mind to create a self-image that promotes confidence and accomplishment.
Any successful life starts with how you see yourself, and with these pearls of wisdom, you can learn to achieve the success of your dreams.
Bob Rotella’s How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life is available at all booksellers and online.
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Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.