Book details of 'Concentration: Focus Your Mind, Power Your Game'
|Title||Concentration: Focus Your Mind, Power Your Game|
|Publisher||Optimal Performance Institute|
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
One of our family "legends" is the story of a particular busboy. He, laden
with fresh cutlery and napkins, would approach a table. You could actually
*see* him focus his concentration. Then, in a blur of moving arms and china,
the table would be cleared, cleaned and fully reset in a matter of seconds.
The intensity he brought to the task seemed out of proportion to the work, but
it does show that concentration skills can be applied in areas other than
This book is one of a series of works on improving the "mental game" in sports.
The five exercises (and one test) are quite practical. Although there are
variations, much of the material is based upon standard relaxation practise.
Much of the specific content of the book relates solely to sports, but the
perceptive reader will be able to generalize it to other situations.
Unfortunately, the presentation is primarily field independent, without much
explanation or analysis. Analytical readers will find this frustrating, and it
makes it all the harder to see broader applications. What conceptual overview
does exist is very poor: Dalloway sees concentration and distraction as "two
dimensions" rather than the ends of a single continuum, while the studies cited
to support the work are all anecdotal rather than quantitative. This also
makes the material much less convincing than it could have been.
The exercises given in the book should be of value to most who are trying to
improve any type of skill or behaviour. For those who want proof, all I can
recommend is a solid trial.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1994
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