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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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an excellent course, however

an excellent course, however the author, as many others, has serious misconceptions about 'talent'. He even adds: 'if it even exists', which gives an hint as to the fact that he has not seen proof of it, so he has doubts as to whether it exists, etc. Also, like many other authors, he thinks that 'performing arts' (like music) are similar to sports. Well, I have been practicing music seriously for almost 30 years, and been playing professionally for several years. I know all about talent. I have seen it, heard it, and even experienced it for myself, in some cases, but too long to explain here what I mean. The author doesn't know anything about talent which isn't so strange: talent is rare, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist!', he knows even less about music. I still give this 5 stars as the Great Courses are the best courses I can get anywhere. They come with excellent 'reference manuals'. And I still found the course very useful, as a musician. The misconceptions about 'talent' is my only niggle. But the rest is very well researched, buy it .

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Not Their Best

I use Great courses, both directly and via Audible, a lot as I find the Lecturers a lot better than most I have experienced in further education.  This courses although reasonably presented lacks content.  Most of the observations are rather intuitive, and can be gleamed from any Psychological course.  Initially I had the idea it was convenient to have them all in one place but I am afraid I gave up as I got little from it. 

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  • Anna
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  • 23-11-17

Excellent course.. surprisingly applicable

I was surprised at how useful the information in this course is across all areas of life.

It’s almost a one stop shop for self help, motivation, productivity, mindfulness, parenting and just generally being the best you can be.

Truly brilliant and inspiring course.. thank you so much!

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  • tecsined
  • 06-12-17

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
  • 07-12-17

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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  • Daniel González
  • 27-12-17

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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  • Tim Wright
  • 13-07-18

Excellent information. Very interesting.

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

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  • Alice in Dallas
  • 12-07-18

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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  • Grant Nielsen
  • 03-01-18

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.