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…
I could really connect with this because you can’t always be focused on the outcome of the game or match. Instead, you should focus on the process, or the “journey” that it takes to get to that point, and you should enjoy it and give it everything you have. As the book states it, during the journey “the true joy and challenge lies in pursuing ongoing personal growth, loving the pursuit, and living the various textures of your life.” So what can we take from this quote? What I took from it was that the real enjoyment of the journey comes from seeing yourself improve and grow as an athlete and a person, and also to be balanced, and have fun in other areas of your life as well. I can relate to this because in the past I used to get so caught up in the potential outcome of the future, and my thoughts would become negative because I would worry so much. I would get so caught up that I would totally ignore just how much I had been improving over that period of time, which would kill my performance. But that’s why it’s the past, right? For the past 3 years I have been keeping a daily log of all my goals, outcome, performance, and process, and I’ve also been keeping a daily journal of what has been on my mind, and how my day went. It allows me to literally see how much I’ve grown as an…

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