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Orlick has worked with thousands of Olympic and professional athletes and coaches; corporate leaders; astronauts; surgeons; top classical musicians; dancers, opera singers, and other performing artists; mission control professionals; and many others engaged in high-stress performance missions.
Former president of the International Society for Mental Training and Excellence, Orlick has authored 30 highly acclaimed books, has published hundreds of articles in a variety of professional journals, and is founder of the Journal of Excellence , Positive Living Skills, and the Zone of Excellence www.
He holds distinguished service awards from numerous Olympic and education associations as well as certificates of merit from governments, universities, sport organizations, and schools for distinguished service to the community.
He has given lectures on the pursuit of excellence in virtually every corner of the world. Orlick lives with his family at Meech Lake, Quebec.
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Otherwise, it is just something that happens during your day, week, or life. You can choose to feel stressed about it or choose to not feel stressed about it.
From what you have already read in this book, it has probably become clear to you that the doing side of deciding has the greatest positive effect on your performance and your life. Three critical steps are present in dociding.
Fostering Team Harmony. One of the most satisfying experiences in sport or any other domain is being a member of a team that gets along well and works as a cohesive, collaborative unit. When you live, work, and play together in harmony, the chances of enjoying the journey and achieving mutually beneficial goals increase significantly. Transitioning Out of High-Performance Pursuits: Kerrin Lee-Gartner. Many high-performance athletes and performers in other meaningful high-performance pursuits experience challenges or difficulties when transitioning out of their high-performance pursuit.
I asked Kerrin Lee-Gartner, an Olympic gold medalist athlete with whom I had the pleasure of working over the course of her entire career, if she would update me on her life since winning her Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing at the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. In Pursuit of Excellence 5th Edition eBook. By Terry Orlick. Request Exam Copy.
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Author Terry Orlick, an internationally acclaimed sport psychologist, has helped hundreds of Olympic and professional athletes maximize their performances and achieve their goals. In this new fifth edition, Orlick provides the most effective strategies and step-by-step plans for you to develop your personal path to excellence. Both practical and inspirational, In Pursuit of Excellence is a guide to daily living and motivation as well as a road map to long-term achievement.
Read it, use it, and win with it— personally and professionally. Part I Discovering Excellence Chapter 1. Choice of Excellence Chapter 2. Wheel of Excellence Chapter 3. Focus for Excellence Chapter 4.
Self-Examination Chapter 6. Intensity, Relaxation, and Recovery Chapter 7. Distraction Control Chapter 8. Positive Images Chapter 9. Excellence requires that you develop an effective process for personal evaluation, and that you act upon the lessons drawn from these evaluations.
Constructive evaluation includes looking for the good things and targeting areas for improvement in yourself, your performance, your environment and your experiences. You can draw inspiration, confidence and joy from reflecting on positive experiences and personal highlights.
Important lessons are gained by evaluating your overall performance, critical portions of your performance, and the role your mental state played in your performance e. Constructive evaluation of mental and physical performance skills requires two things, 1 reflecting on what went well, and 2 targeting areas for continued improvement.
Through experience, top performers have developed constructive evaluation procedures that are highly individualized and personally effective.
This guides their continued pursuit of excellence. To achieve your highest performance level continue to evaluate your preparation and focus. The lessons extracted can be written down, discussed, or mentally reviewed.
The important point is that you develop an effective evaluation procedure to pull out lessons, and act upon those lessons on a consistent basis. Your rate of learning, as well as the performance level you ultimately attain, is directly affected by the extent to which you engage in thorough, ongoing, constructive personal evaluation.
Discussion The most striking finding in our series of interview studies with people who excel in different pursuits was the extent to which they had similar mental skills and perspectives. Exceptional Japanese athletes, all of whom were Olympic or World Champions, had performance perspectives and mental skills that were very similar to exceptional athletes in Canada and the United States.
Exceptional surgeons and astronauts in North America had performance perspectives and mental strengths similar to exceptional classical musicians in Europe. There are individual differences with respect to how these mental skills are combined, utilized, and orchestrated, but the Wheel of Excellence is evident in virtually all of the most exceptional performers. Some may utilize certain components more than others, and some may be more spontaneous or more systematic in their preparation and application of these skills.
For example, top classical musicians found spontaneity, flexibility and creativity to be an important factor in their mental readiness to perform. Some performers may need to focus more on mentally preparing themselves to "read" and react quickly. This is true for individuals in team sports, combative sports and others facing situations that demand quick, accurate responses to changing situations. Appropriate action and reactions in these pursuits is led by thorough mental preparation and trust in your ability to react automatically.
Some performers emphasize the importance of fun, passion or enjoyment in their pursuits. This enhances their level of commitment, focus and the extent to which they remain positive within their pursuit. In a study with NHL hockey players, almost all players mentioned the importance of fun and enjoyment in their pursuit of excellence. Top classical musicians also spoke of the power that an ongoing sense of joy and passion plays in embracing their musical pursuits..
Regardless of individual preferences, performers in all domains perform their best when they have fully functioning Wheels. The combination of commitment and full focus appear to be the two most essential daily mental links to excellence.
Commitment provides the drive to do the extensive work that is required to excel, and focus directs the quality of learning and performance in meaningful ways.
Performers will not come close to their highest levels of excellence without developing a tremendous commitment and a great focus.
Nurturing Excellence The seven elements that make up the Wheel of Excellence are closely linked and often operate interdependently.
Focusing has the capacity to strengthen every other element and each has a role to play in nurturing excellence. Commitment provides the fuel that leads you along the path of excellence day-by-day.
Belief in your potential provides the inspiration to pursue your dreams. Commitment nurtures belief and belief strengthens your commitment.
Together they open the door to new realities. The mental spokes on the Wheel translate your commitment and belief into positive action. They are the working parts of the Wheel that ensure you roll forward in a positive direction. Clear positive images of where you want to go and how you will get there give concrete direction to your commitment and belief. They provide a specific path and visible goals, and thereby guide your pursuit of excellence.
Focusing takes you down this path, day-by-day, step by step, moment by moment. Focusing on the right things at the right time makes excellence and new realities possible. Mental readiness prepares you to enter your performance arena at the right moment and in the right frame of mind. It allows you to be consistent with high level performance.
Distraction control keeps you on your desired path and gets you back on track when you stray away. Constructive evaluation ensures that you continue to learn and grow by drawing out positive lessons along the way, and act on them every day.
Developing the seven elements of excellence empowers you to journey where you have never been before. We fall short of our personal potential in sport, school, work, relationships, health, and life when our mental wheels are running with underdeveloped or untapped parts.
Either the heart of commitment and belief is not strong enough, or one of the five mental spokes is not being fully utilized. This results in an inconsistent or shaky wheel, and shaky wheels do not lead you to personal excellence. The goal of personal excellence is to do everything in your power to fulfil your own goals and dreams. This may include raising the level and consistency of your performance, experiencing a greater sense of joy or satisfaction in your personal and professional pursuits, and enhancing the quality of your life.
Everyone begins at a different place with respect to personal assets. When you develop and stretch those assets to the limit, even for short periods of time, you touch personal excellence.
Making the Wheel Work for You The Wheel of Excellence can serve as a guide in your own pursuit of personal excellence. Decide where you are strong and where you need strengthening. Target areas for personal improvement and work at it. The following questions may help in clarifying your direction.
Are your goals clear, challenging and targeted at being your best? Do you work at improving something every day , in every practice, in every performance? Is your commitment to training, practice or preparation strong enough to take you to your high level goals? Is your commitment to respect your personal needs for rest, balance, recovery, and good nutrition, strong enough to take you to your goals?
Are you putting yourself in situations that give you the greatest chance of believing in yourself and achieving your goals? Do you think and act in ways that make you feel positive and confident? Will you free yourself to let good things unfold? Do you know what focus works best for you? Do you have a plan to consistently get into your best focus?
Do you work at improving your focus? Do you focus on doing the little things that work best for you every day, for the duration of your performance? Do you imagine yourself achieving your goals? Do you imagine yourself doing the little things that will allow you to achieve your goals?
Do you "wake up" your positive images by acting in ways that will take you a step closer to your goals each day? Do you carry a perspective that centers on ongoing learning and growing? Do you mentally prepare yourself to live and perform your best? Do you trust yourself to free your performance unfold? Do you remain open to the creativity of the moment and the dynamics of the situation?
Distraction Control Do you carry a perspective or focus that allows you to avoid, minimize, or take control of distractions? Do you carry a performance focus that allows you to maintain your best focus even when faced with setbacks or distractions?
Do you prepare yourself to flow through distractions, and focus on quickly regaining control when faced with performance errors or setbacks? Excellence is full focus—focus, focus, focus. That's it! Ifyou know exactly how to act on what you just read, you can close this book and simply act on it—every day, every opportunity, every interaction, every practice, every performance, every step along the way.
If you are not quite sure how to act on what have just told you to do, read the rest of this book to find out how other great performers do it and how you can do it. The most important steps you can take to excel in any part of your life are the following: Decide what it is that you really want to do.
Decide to do what you really want to do.