The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Peak Performance


The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Peak Performance Author George Mumford
ISBN-10 1941529259
ISBN-13 9781941529256
Year 2016-03-15
Pages 248
Language English
Publisher Parallax Press
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Michael Jordan credits George Mumford with transforming his on court leadership of the Bulls helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom and countless other NBA players turn around their games A widely respected public speaker and coach Mumford is sharing his own story and the strategies that have made these athletes into stars in The Mindful Athlete The Secret to Pure Performance His proven gentle but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques can transform the performance of anyone with a goal be they an Olympian weekend warrior executive hacker or artist Mumfords deeply moving personal story is unforgettable A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts where he roomed with Dr J Julius Erving injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved The meds that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin After years as a functioning addict Mumford enrolled in Dr Jon Kabat Zinns Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and made meditation on and off the cushion the center of his life He kicked drugs earned a masters degree in counseling psychology and began teaching meditation to inmates and others When Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls to play baseball in 1993 the team was in crisis Coach Phil Jackson a long time mindfulness practitioner contacted Dr Kabat Zinn to find someone who could teach mindfulness techniques to the struggling teamsomeone who would have credibility and could speak the language of his players Kabat Zinn led Jackson to Mumford and their partnership began Mumford has worked with Jackson and each of the eleven teams he coached to become NBA champions His roster of champion clients has since blossomed way beyond basketball to include corporate executives Olympians and athletes in many different sports With a charismatic teaching style that combines techniques of engaged mindfulness with lessons from popular culture icons such as Yoda Indiana Jones and Bruce Lee Mumford tells illuminating stories about his larger than life clients His writing is down to earth and easy to understand and apply The Mindful Athlete is an engrossing story and an invaluable resource for anyone looking to elevate their game no matter what the pursuit and includes a foreword by Phil Jackson Self consciousness is when youre focused on how youre doing instead of what youre doing We have to learn how to push and challenge ourselves but not in an insensitive way Honing your performance really comes down to being comfortable with being uncomfortable George Mumford

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