Each month will consist of 1-2 book reviews of books that resonate with leadership, communication, sports, etc. The first book review by LBX Hockey Training is How Champions Think by Bob Rotella.
This will be a short synopsis of the book, breaking down the great information in it, why I liked it, why you should read it, what age it is for, and more.
Highlights, Synopsis and More
From Chapter 2 to Chapter 10 this book has to be the best chapters in the book. Dr. Rotella is a sports psychologists who worked at the University of Virginia and their sports teams but is more known for his work with professional golfers, fortune 500 companies, CEO's, financial advisers and more. Dr. Rotella has worked with the best golfers in the modern day and back in the day. Through his experiences with working with these individuals he gave us the most valuable insight from these encounters. In short this book deals a lot with the mind, how to think more positively, be more optimistic, quiet the mind, build confidence, be a consistent performer in life and sports, get the most of your life, career, etc. In chapter 2. Dr. Rotella speaks on optimism and two of the best lines from this chapter I read were "while the correlation between optimism and success is imperfect, there is an almost perfect correlation between negative thinking and failure." and "misfortune happens to everyone. But champions refuse to let it push them into doubtful, fearful thinking." The book talks about self confidence and how to build a confident self-image. The most important thing Dr. Rotella talks about when it comes to confidence and building confidence is that it comes from persistent, sustained effort and over time that sustained effort leads to success which leads to confidence. Dr. Rotella also talks about self-evaluation and why it is important for all athletes to be critical but not overly critical and he teaches you ways to do so. For example he says that exceptional people rarely let outside voices influence them, they have their own standards and don't perform to outside expectations. He also talks about the ways exceptional people adjust to mistakes they make and how they correct them right away instead of letting themselves go off track or down a rabbit hole for too long. Exceptional people are critical on themselves because they know they can and will do better and commit to that. One of the best chapters in Dr. Rotella's book was "Going through the fire" and in short it talks all about the importance of failing, being in the trenches, learning from failures, learning to bounce back from set backs, the importance of over-coming setbacks and why it is important to fail. Which is the biggest lesson I think for young athletes, kids need to learn to fail, deal with set backs and overcome them and learn lessons from those failures to be better next time. A great quote from that chapter is "The issue is not whether you'll fail, because you will. It's whether you'll get back up and keep going. It's whether you can sustain your self-confidence and your belief in yourself and bouncing back. Failure is only final when you stop striving." And more throughout the book he talks about surrounding yourself with the right people and this is something that is important because they say "you are the sum of the five people you surround yourself with". This is key for young athletes because it is too easy to get caught in the wrong crowd and if you are a kid who is looking to fit in, not confident or shy you will be easily influenced. Surround yourself with the right people, the people who believe in you, push you and want to see you succeed rather than staying the same and bring you down to their level. Also he speaks about doing what you love or loving what you do and the importance of it. All in all Dr. Rotella's book is the perfect read for anyone needing help with confidence, perfecting self-talk, creating a positive self-image, being more resilient, learning to overcome failures, developing a optimistic mindset and going all in, in what you believe.
Age range appropriate for How Champions Think by Dr. Rotella: Any athlete from 14 and older.
How long is the book? 290 pages, consisting of 19 chapters. Most chapters are 12 pages on average.
How long should it take to read the book? No longer than 3.5 weeks honestly you can finish this book in 2 weeks or less.
Cost of book? $16 in stores and $6.50 or more on Amazon. OR free if you want it and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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