Finding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life
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Finding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life

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The first research-based program to offer concise, clear ways to realize your best performance.

As a therapist, physician, and mental coach, Dr. Michael Lardon has dedicated his career to helping athletes understand and better achieve peak performance. In Finding Your Zone, he shares with readers what he?s discovered about reaching the state in which ?thoughts and actions...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Perigee Trade
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Okay, I know it's weird that I like it, but let me explain why I like it first. In track, we were given this assignment to read this book and write lessons on every couple of lessons (which reminds me that I still need to write a couple) and we'd have it finished right around this date. Well, I just finished it and I actually liked it! Usually when the school or a teacher gives me a book that they say I must read, I don't like it. But my track coach told us that she really liked the book and we...more
Lily Roth
Doctor Michael Lardon Is a sports psychologist who specializes in teenagers and sports. I picked this book up after my sister was forced to read it by my mom after she psyched herself out at an ice skating competition. All summer she complained about how boring the book was. At the beginning of August I picked it up in hopes to learn a little about sports phycology myself. As a tennis player I know the importance of staying focused and not getting over cocky or giving up after loosing consecuti...more
Jeffrey Ning
Found the answer to peak performance among others. You get nuggets of wisdom and secrets of success if capture the stories within each chapter or lesson. Definitely consolidate what I have been researching and learning about maximising your life potential.
brad thomas
Oct 23, 2008 brad thomas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in transformation
Recommended to brad by: my golf coach
I DEVOURED THIS BOOK IN SEVERAL DAYS. I HAVE READ it SEVERAL TIMES SINCE. EACH TIME I read it I learn more. Dr LARDON;S PULLS EXAMPLES FROM EVERYDAY PEOPLE DEALING WITH EVERY DAY PROBLEMS (CONQUERING A DRUG ADDICTION) TO SHARING HIS INSIGHT AROUND SOME OF THE WORLDS MOST ELEtE ATHLETES. THIS BOOK IS REAL AND RAW. IT SAYS FROM THE GET GO THAT THERE BE NO SECRET. NO SHORT CUT-BUT THERE IS A PATH TO GREATNESS THAT IS ATTAINABLE IF YOU ARE WILLING TO COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE PROCESS. LEARD ABOUT HOW T...more
Jrt6
There are lot of good book out there on how to become centered with a mantra, breathing, a touch and this bood dispenses with that What it does really well is explain the why of the what the other books are telling you to do. I can't say enough how this simple and short book has helped my anxiety by adding insight into what I was tryiing to achieve. This book is profound and makes for an outstanding companion read for those learning how to perform under pressure, relieve anxiety and better enjoy...more
melissa schwartz
dr lardon is one of the coolest clients i've ever worked with. i photographed his headshot for the book and totally enjoyed talking with him about his contributions to the world. he is incredibly inspiring and his work reaches an audience that would otherwise overlook such insightful material.

fun sidnote, we both lived in the same dorm at stanford university...albiet he graduated a bit before i was there ;)
Chelsea
Quick read, had to do it again for my sports psychology class. I liked quite a few of his actual methods and techniques for relaxation and letting go of negative emotions (important in any situation, not just a sport situation) but a lot of his prose was kind of dumb.
Phil Spitzer
He covers the same topics in multiple of the ten points. It's probably closer to seven or eight points. Also, doesn't really talk about the zone too much, it's more like ten points to achieve success (which isn't a bad thing, but call a spade a spade).
Dianne
This is a great book with practical ideas for improving one's mental game in sports and life. I love the real examples he uses to make his points more clear. I imagine I will come back to this book again and again.
Lee Konecke
Great book on that gives a nice outline on the psychology behind peak performance
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SPIRITUAL NATURE OF HUMAN PEAK PERFORMANCE 1 2 Oct 23, 2008 01:13AM  
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Dr. Michael Lardon's Sport Psychiatry career was first catalyzed by his involvement in table tennis. In 1976 Michael Lardon was chosen by the United States Table Tennis Association as the country's most outstanding junior and sent to Japan to train with the World Champion. After a career of playing professionally in Europe and Asia he won a Gold Medal in the 1980 Olympic Sports Festival and subseq...more
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