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Over Achievement
John Eliot
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Over Achievement

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  194 ratings  ·  21 reviews
"As Dr. Eliot has discovered through years of cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience and real-world coaching, techniques such as goal-setting, relaxation, visualization, stress management, and flow just don't work for most people. He's proven that at high levels of business, medicine, entertainment, and sports, relaxing when the pressure is on is the wrong way to ...more
Published (first published October 7th 2004)
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Matthew Lp
Invaluable insights. Long-winded in the second half. Everyone in the world should read the chapter on dreams.

1. During performance, empty your mind and focus wordlessly on what you are doing. Thoughts, even those regarding what your performance, will rob valuable resources from your performing mind.
1a. Still, thoughtful training is valuable as preparation.
2. Feelings of pressure, stress, and butterflies in your stomach signal the arousal of the sympathetic nervous system. It's arousal will enh
To quote the book blurb: "And all utterly, hopelessly, wrong."

Basic recipe: Eliot selects a few super-achievers, finds they do X, so if you do X you'll become a super-achiever. But no worries, there are several other types of grievous mistakes.

So yes, this is a fantastic book. But only if you use it to teach about logical fallacies. Despite its claim of scientificness (and boasting with the "PhD") it contains no real references, but a ton of sport-anecdotes.


Greg Little
One of my all-time favorites. Channel your inner-squirrel to tap into your true ability to kick butt. There is a difference between training mode and performance. When it's time to perform, the time for training is over. You must trust the training you've already done, and just do it.
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This book is absolute must read if you want to maximize your potential and be at top of your game. I was blown away when John Eliot explains his research on why goal setting, relaxation, visualization, stress management, and flow just don’t work for most people. He offers counterintuitive and unconventional concepts which he calls "Definitely Put All Your Eggs in One Basket," "Think Like a Squirrel," and "Butterflies Are a Good Thing"—that teaches you to thrive on pressure and not just endure it ...more
Dr. Eliot's "Overachievement" is just the thing to read on the eave of one's 50th birthday. For me, the past few months have been a time of reflection about the things I have done and the things I want to accomplish in order to make my 50s the best decade of my life. With the desire to do things I was attracted to this book written by performance (in business, sports, entertainment, etc.) trainer Dr. John Eliot of the neuroscience department of Rice University.

Eliot challenges the reader to disc
Gala Balaguer
Awesome. Inspires an interesting change of perspective: when nervous, don't calm down. "Everything your body does to you when the pressure is on is for good performance". To calm oneself down in high-stress situations is to disarm oneself of optimum-performance fight mode. Trust your self, your skills, your dreams, and do it. Focus on the task at hand and release the need to control the outcome... Be clear on what you want to accomplish, and go for it. Waste no time calculating every step- trust ...more
When I was in high school and ski racing, I used to refer to this book jokingly as my "bible." I didn't feel a lot of the other books on sports psychology really got it right, and didn't make me preform better. When I started reading this book, I realized it was a continuation of a lot of the ideas that my coach and I had been discussing. A lot of the newer sports psychology I read about seems to align with many of the ideas in this book. I found it really helpful to read and consider, especiall ...more
C.S. Severe
Excellence starts with the state of one's mind, and the points laid out in Overachievement are simple, to the point, no nonsense, and poignant. The author's voice is positive, encouraging, and inspiring as well. I felt I could put into practice what I read without feeling overwhelmed or confused. I appreciated the plethora of examples in this book, but I must admit, I got lost with all the sports references. I know nothing about baseball, golf, and football so I had to rely on context to make se ...more
Elisabeth Sepulveda
This book does well to eliminate false, yet commonly-held ideas referencing peak performance; from the waves of sickeningly redundant self-improvement maxims, Eliot pinpoints the most effective frameworks to function in. The ideas can be distilled and skimmed (and still fall into the almost-cheesy category at times), but overall, one of the better books on achievement.
This is a great book! The mentality that this book talks about applies to everything from business to sports to every day life. It's about doing the things that make you uncomfortable and going the extra distance to be great at whatever it is you do. I definitely recommend this one!
Manny Garces
An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what separates high performers from the chokers. A must-read for educators wishing to lead a life of accomplishment in all areas.
so far so good. interesting. it is about how you need to change the way you think about pressure, learn how to make it work to your advantage.
Mostly an Awesome book with interesting ideas. Kinda *self-help*ish at times, but overall some interesting insights, and well worth the read.
I can't even begin to describe how awesome this book is. I've read it twice and will probably read it again within a year.
Absolutely inspiring. By Dr. John Eliot of Rice University. Want to know how Tiger Woods is different than you? Read on.
Great book on the science of performance. Breaks down how the brain functions under pressure and how high performers execute.
This is an excellent book that talks about how overachievers break from the crowd, and how conventional wisdom keeps us
Eh, it didn't inspire me to overachieve.
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“Musicians, like golfers, have to put their minds in the right place – trusting, confident, enjoying the pressure, being in present. And so forth. Otherwise, no amount of practice or “Time management” will make them better. The same is true in all professions: if you’re stuck in the Training Mindset, evaluating yourself, or thinking in the past or future, you will not perform up to your potential. You will waste a lot of time, be an inefficient performer, and likely assume you need to manage your time better. In reality you need to manage your thinking better. ” 3 likes
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