Mind Gym

An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
by Gary Mack | McGraw hill © 2001 · 225 pages

We go to the gym to work out our bodies. But what about our minds? We need a mind gym!! This is one of the top books on mental training. Focused on athletes but we're all athletes in the bigger game of life. In this Note, we'll hit the mind gym hard--learning how to move beyond our perceived limits, manage pressure, build confidence and show up consistently.

The greatest victory is over ourselves. Remember, it’s always too soon to quit.
Gary Mack

“Studies have proven that mental training will not only enhance performance and improve productivity but also add to your enjoyment. Whatever your age, whatever your game, you can learn how to stay focused. You can learn to deal with adversity. Stay motivated during difficult times. Avoid fatal distractions. You can learn how to follow your dreams and live your life on purpose.

Achieving inner excellence is a process. Building mental muscle, like building physical muscle, requires time and effort. The more you work on the inside, the more it will show on the outside…

Think of this book as your mind gym. Read the lessons, do the exercises, and answer the questions. If you do, you will acquire the skills needed to create the ideal mental state that will allow you to rise to the next level and perform at your best by choice rather than chance.”

~ Gary Mack from Mind Gym

We go the gym to get our bodies strong.

Gary Mack tells us we need to go to the mind gym to get our minds strong.

I like it!

Gary is a leading sports psychologist and this book unpacks “an athlete’s guide to inner excellence.” If you’re into sports (like me!) you’ll enjoy all the great quotes from recognizable athletes plus the sports stories that bring Gary’s stories to life.

Either way, these ideas are absolutely applicable to whatever game we’re playing. Whether we’re creating a new business, a piece of art or raising a family, we need to get our minds right.

We need to hit the mind gym.

Let’s look at some of my favorite Big Ideas on how to go about doing that! :)

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About the author


Gary Mack

Legendary sports psychologist and author of Mind Gym