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In pursuit of excellence / Terry Orlick, PhD. -- Fifth Edition. pages cm. Revised edition of the author's In pursuit of excellence, Includes bibliographical. This page intentionally left blank. In Pursuit of. Excellence Fourth Edition. Terry Orlick. Human Kinetics. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Orlick. In Pursuit of Excellence by Terry Orlick; 6 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Protected DAISY, In library, Sports, Psychological aspects of Sports.
You can be whoever you want to be. This quote is just one of many that makes you strive for excellence by helping to train your mind, by mentally training you to become great in sports and in everyday life. In Pursuit of Excellence, by Terry Orlick, who is a sport psychologist, writes a nonfiction book about personal experience of what he has learned throughout his studies and what he has learned in his experience with talking with professional athletes around the world. The book digs deep into you by trying to teach you how to overcome certain obstacles to face in different roadblocks that you will face in different opportunities in life. When reading this book I thought the structure of how he made up the book was very well organized as the author made sure different tasks, tips and reviews from athletes flowed.
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?
Constructive Evaluation Do you draw lessons out of every experience or every performance i. Do you act on those lessons every day or every opportunity Do you re-run the things that you want to improve by correcting them in your mind? Do you reflect upon the role that your mind-set and focus played in your performance? Do you act on those reflections? You can apply these questions and the seven elements of excellence to any area of your life.
The Wheel of Excellence is relevant to anything that is important in life. I wish you the best in your quest to make it run wisely and smoothly.
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Champaign, IL. Reflections on sportpsych consulting with individual and team sport athletes at summer and winter Olympic games. The Sport Psychologist 3, Living Excellence; Chapter Composed; Chapter Consistent; Chapter Team-Oriented; Chapter Adaptable; Chapter Review quote "This book is for those who are not satisfied with good enough.
I have known Terry for over 20 years, and his insights have provided me with the guidance I need to stay focused on the things that really matter to achieve my goals.
I regularly use the strategies he shares in Pursuit of Excellence in my work with coaches around the world, from youth sport to the world's best Olympic and national team coaches. He is one of the world's leading authorities on the psychology of excellence and quality living and has worked with thousands of Olympic and professional athletes and coaches. Rating details.
Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X. Adversity is a normal part of the journey to excellence in every field. What are your reasons for doing what you are doing. You can choose to let other people upset you or choose not to. If you lose your passion for pursuing your dream and are not able to find sustainable reasons for continuing to do it.
You can choose to embrace your dreams and go after them or let them drift away without really trying. No one reaches his or her personal potential without facing obstacles. You can choose to get stressed out about things beyond your control or choose not to. The next big step. Why are you doing it? What are you hoping your pursuit will give you in the short run and in the long run? What do you like or love about doing it? What do you hope it will give you and those who have supported you or those you care about?
If you can retain your passion for pursuing your dream and find sustainable reasons for doing it. People who are successful at persisting through obstacles. You can choose to dwell on the negatives or focus on the positives.
After you decide to pursue your dream or follow a path with focus and commitment. You can choose to bring focus and quality to what you do or choose not to. Retention of passion. You can choose to excel or choose not to excel. I have never met an Olympic champion. They feel that they have meaningful reasons for doing what they are doing and are able to retain those reasons for doing it. You can choose to focus on the positives or the negatives. You turn poor performances into good performances.
After reading a previous edition of this book. Perspective Is Everything A powerful example of choosing to find a positive perspective in an extremely difficult circumstance came to me from Dan Nadeau. You can choose to be wherever you are—fully focused with every fiber of your being—or choose to be only partially there or not be there at all mentally.
You make these choices every day. I challenge you to see how quickly you can regain a fully connected focus if your focus drifts away. I often ask. You can choose to listen with full focus or choose to nod your head as if you are listening and not listen at all. I challenge you to find something positive in every situation you enter—to see it as an opportunity to test yourself. You can choose to go through the motions. I also have a success story that I will share with you. In your book you speak of athletes you have worked with and how they have enhanced their performance and reached their goals.
When you get your thoughts and focus working for you and not against you. When I am working with athletes. Why not be there fully—fully focused. I challenge you to see how long you can maintain a fully connected. The few years that followed provided us with many fun and exciting events.
They were both visualizers and used it daily in keeping themselves positive. This opened a door of communication between my children and me that completely changed how we perceived our situation. When I lose sight of my focus. The last afternoon I spent with my son Christan. I brought this sense home with me. I can still see my dream. I would often find myself and my boys engaged in discussion on how powerful our minds are and how we can control our thoughts and feelings.
Through the acquired learning of the various life skills you detailed in your books and articles. I bring myself back to those final few years I had with Chris and Kurtis. Between the two of us we gathered as much material as we could find on the subject of focus. This was his response: At the time I was introduced to your book my life was a living hell. They were all born with cystic fibrosis. On the outside I was a vibrant individual.
I was introduced to your work by my assistant coach. Since then I have had some really trying times. It was at this time that my life as I knew it began to change. Inside I was an angry. In the early part of My boys have redefined the definition of courage. I may not have a gold medal around my neck.
I wrote back to Dan. As the children were growing up. We were coaching a local high school volleyball team. Kurtis passed away in January We were able to deal with the loss of Angela and finally able to discuss openly what each of us was feeling.
I felt a surge of new-found inspiration. He was having the time of his life. The positive self-direction chapter was the catalyst.
As you put it. My sons have since passed on. I decided it would and let him play. They were getting older.
What a gut-wrenching initiation. No one had any idea how afraid and depressed I was. His first at bat. As a coach that is what you want to see in all your players.
Many good days followed that transformation. But as a father with two young boys who were fully aware of their pending outcome.
He ran the bases and collapsed at third base. I found myself thinking more and more about the stress that I was feeling. Quiet reflection—this is where the transformation took place. We established a form of communication that allowed all of us to speak openly about our fears.
The second reading was done in a totally different mind-set. I was engaging in conversations with my sons more and more. The biggest revelation for me was the fact that I was coaching young athletes on how to play their sports well and how to make the connection to other productive aspects of their lives.
I continued reading your book. My oldest son wanted to play slow-pitch ball. While reading your book the first time.
Many tears. I was sitting in the bleachers watching my son play ball. All I thought about was the outcome. I felt I was slowly coming to terms with my situation. I had never gotten over the guilt of not being there for my daughter when she passed away. My children needed coaching as well.
I started thinking a little more rationally. I was reading about athletes training mentally and physically to win. The event was held today. Hard to explain. Last night I listened to CD 4.
Over the three years since he first contacted me. Since I have been instructing here I have not had one of my cadets fail firearms yet—knock on wood. I have all this knowledge. As a result over 5. Because of your ability to express life in a pure.
I have been involved in coaching for 25 years. I was representing our training academy. This cup is awarded to the best shooter in the RCMP. I am still instructing firearms for the RCMP and applying mental training with all the cadets.
All I can say is that it felt good. I know I have a natural ability to motivate and inspire people and over the years have gained a lot of experience. I want to continue working in this area of expertise. Today I not only won the Connaught Cup but shot my all-time best. He showed me where to look. On a final note. When a loved one leaves you behind there is no filling the void.
In the days leading up to the competition. I continue to use the wheel of excellence as the basis of my instruction in the mental-training side of police work.
Dan continued to update me about his success in applying the practical lessons from In Pursuit of Excellence to his work. I simply wanted to share with you my experience in competing for the Connaught Cup. Performing in the Zone. Wow—what a tremendous help. As you know. Each province is represented by their best shooter. I prepared myself using your Focusing for Excellence audio CDs. He was a part of me today on the range. You separate yourself from those who never come close to living their true potential.
I must say. Learning from each experience and performance is a choice. It is the key to unlocking the door to your true potential.
Choose to focus on the opportunities rather than the obstacles. Choose to bring a fully connected focus to your practices and performances. Choose to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. Choose to live and perform closer to your potential. When you act on these choices.
You can choose to apply the lessons that you learn about your best and less-than-best focus in your next practice. Choose to focus fully on the step in front of you rather than on distractions. The control that you have over your choices. You can strengthen any part of the wheel of excellence at any stage of your development by deciding to do it and by focusing on making small improvements every day.
Focus is the core of excellence. Seven critical elements guide the pursuit of personal excellence: Choose to improve the parts that you believe can benefit from improvement. Excellence begins to blossom when you find ways to focus that connect you completely and absolutely with each step in the moment-by-moment process of your performance pursuit.
These elements combine to form the wheel of excellence see figure 2. When we strengthen the quality and consistency of our focus. We all possess incredible strength when we draw on the full power of our focus. To perform your best. People who perform their best. A totally engaging focused connection frees you to raise the level and consistency of your performance.
Use the parts of the wheel that give you strength and focus. Chapter 2 Wheel of Excellence We are all performers living the drama of Your focus leads your life in different ways. Focus Focus is the first and most important element of excellence. After you have woven all the pieces of the wheel into their rightful place.
Consistent high-level performance depends on consistent high-quality focus. The combination of the seven elements in the wheel of excellence empowers you to become the person and performer that you have the potential to be. The other elements of excellence commitment. When you develop. And each of these elements is within your personal control. Excellence flows naturally when you develop confidence in your focus and know that your focus will take you where you want to go.
If you do not have a vision. Wheel of Excellence 13 Commitment The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you. High levels of personal commitment grow naturally out of love for and joy in what you are doing. Your commitment. Your commitment requires a specific focus. To excel in any challenging pursuit.
The beginnings of excellence are kindled by engaging yourself in doing something that you want and like to do. Do you have a vision of what you would like to pursue. Commitment is a key ingredient in guiding the pursuit of excellence. If you do. Higher levels of excellence are inspired by having a positive vision of where you want to go—in your sport.
You need a reason powerful enough to keep you pursuing your goals though the ups and downs. Many personal reasons. With focused commitment. When you find something within a pursuit. Commitment grows from embracing the special moments.
Think about it often. Equally important is your commitment to take time for mental. On the path to excellence. Most seemingly impossible obstacles can be overcome by seeing possibilities. The commitment you make to yourself to go after your goals and persist through adversity is a huge part of reaching high-level goals. Most performers who excel at the highest levels say that the pursuit itself becomes their passion and drives their lives for extended periods.
Every performer experiences this feeling. They are passionate about their pursuits. They draw positive energy from the parts that they like and learn lessons from the parts that are not joyful. Sometimes the best way to enhance your performance and your life is to listen to your body. Failure to find some balance between qual-. Relaxation and regeneration are critical parts of consistent high-level performance.
High-level performers are able to achieve most of their goals and gain from the journey by focusing on the positives and staying committed through the negatives or obstacles. If your commitment wavers. With a positive perspective and persistence. To become truly great at something. If you believe that the obstacles are too great to overcome. Mental Readiness There is a big difference between talking about what you want to do and being mentally ready to do it. Mental readiness has everything to do with being positive.
Excellence requires that you choose to get yourself mentally ready for focused.
When you are mentally ready. Wheel of Excellence 15 ity exertion and quality rest. To excel in any pursuit. Excellence blossoms when you want to be somewhere rather than when you feel that you have to be there. Only focused action will take you to your goals. Acting decisively every day is essential in training. Your mental readiness requires a specific focus. The ultimate benefit of mental readiness is that you will be focused on getting the best out of what you have right now—at this point in your training.
Commit to focus on doing what will be most beneficial for you and your ultimate goals. Great performers have effective action plans or focusing routines that prepare them mentally to accomplish whatever they want to accomplish each day and each performance. Run through some of your goals in your mind and imagine yourself accomplishing them.
What am I going to do today that will take me one step closer to my dreams? What am I going to focus on so that I can accomplish my goals today? Continue to look for simple and effective ways to get yourself mentally ready to focus on achieving your goals.
Think about specific goals that you want to achieve and write them down on paper. Your positive visions will grow when you focus on using the power of positive visions.
The following strategies can help you focus in positive ways: Positive Visions and Images Many great accomplishments. Your visions or images depend on what you focus on. Think about what your goals are for today. To perform your best more consistently. Think about some things that you still want to learn. Part of the ongoing challenge of pursuing excellence is sustaining positive visions and a positive perspective through the various stages of your journey.
Positive visions of what you want to accomplish and smaller visions of the steps that you are going to take to get there can drive the pursuit of excellence.
Before going to practices or performances. For specific exercises to improve mental readiness and focusing for excellence. Every day ask yourself. They often refine or improve their skills by running them through their minds. In fact. Some of them also use positive imagery to relax themselves or regain control when distracted.
Your chances of achieving high-level goals and living joyfully are greatly enhanced when you focus on positive thoughts.
They use their positive thoughts and positive imagery to prepare themselves mentally for quality practice. They think. When learning new skills. Great performers do not begin their lives or pursuits as great performers. They draw on positive memories. To improve future performances. They work at getting into a habit of seeing things in positive ways and imagining themselves performing and executing technical skills in the way that they would like to perform them.
One of the main benefits of having a big positive vision and smaller stepby-step visions is to keep you focused on the positives and the possibilities why you can do it. What do you want to accomplish in your performance domain or in your life? Can you imagine or envision yourself accomplishing those goals or living your dreams? What positive steps can you take today to move forward toward your ultimate performance goals?
Think about how you want to perform in your next competition. Confidence comes from committing yourself to do the preparation or quality work. Performance confidence rises or falls based on the quality of your preparation. Make it clear in your mind. Your confidence requires a specific focus. Confidence Confidence is an essential ingredient in guiding the pursuit of excellence.
Confidence opens doors that an absence of confidence has previously slammed shut. Performing at a high level in your mind and feeling it in your body allows you to create the conditions for success without having actually executed those performances in the real world.
With practice. Imagine it. Let your positive visions lead your actions and your reality in positive ways. Positive thoughts combined with positive images and positive feelings help create the mind-set and focus required for high-quality performance. Confidence blossoms when you discover what focus works best for you. This focusing process can enhance your confidence. When distractions or negative thoughts interfere with your confidence.
Pure confidence comes from feeling grounded in who you are and knowing in your heart and soul that you are capable of doing what you want to do. Think about how you will achieve your goals. Write down a list of reasons you can achieve your goals or reasons to believe that you can achieve your goals. Act as if you can do it. Wheel of Excellence 19 We rarely begin performance pursuits with total confidence in our capacity to achieve our goals or execute certain tasks with quality and precision.
The following strategies can help you strengthen your confidence: When you have unwavering belief in your capacity to carry out a mission and absolute focus on your performance. In the presence of pure confidence. What will you focus on? Continually draw out the focus lessons to improve the quality and consistency of your performances. The only way to increase your confidence is to strengthen your focus on the right things. Give yourself this gift.
Each element on the wheel of excellence can help you improve the quality of your focus. Although you may occasionally perform well without feeling fully confident. Find the positive parts of all your experiences and performances.
This gift comes from respecting yourself. In the absence of confidence. Confidence in your focus is like a master key: It opens the door to higher levels of excellence. Focus on high-quality technical. We grow confidence by rejoicing in the things that we do well. Think about your successes in training. Think in positive ways about your capacity.
Think about why you can achieve your goals. You are worthy of it. This process takes them back where they want to be—to a positive mind-set and a fully focused connection within the present performance moment.
Distraction control is especially important when you feel stressed. Other distractions are internal. Your ability to control distractions requires a specific focus.
Plan your best focus path and practice using your refocusing reminders whenever the opportunity arises. By strengthening your ability to refocus quickly. Effective refocusing grows most readily from developing a simple refocusing plan and acting on that plan. Great performers activate positive shifts in focus by using simple reminders. You can learn to reconnect more quickly and effectively by reflecting on what works best for you to get you back on track quickly. When you become distracted by negative thoughts.
Plan some reminders that you can use to regain control. Regardless of what kind of distractions you face. The pursuit of excellence is a process of self-discovery and stretching limits. Great performers attain high levels of excellence because they are committed to ongoing learning.
Your rate of learning. Wheel of Excellence 21 Ongoing Learning Consistent high-level performers follow their own best paths. Continue to refine your focus until it is consistently where you want it to be. They prepare well. They gain inspiration. As you discover what works and feels best for you. They are superb self-directed learners.
Ongoing learning requires a specific focus. Personal excellence results from living the lessons that you gain from your experiences. They also grow from setbacks by channeling their lessons and energy toward their improvement. To live your true potential. Continue to extract the focus lessons from your best and less-than-best experiences and performances.
Embrace them. They see their own good qualities. Write down a personal plan for making meaningful improvements in this area and focus on implementing it. Assess where you think your mental skills are strongest and where they need strengthening. Every day? What did you do today to take yourself one step closer to your goal? Could your. I could always hit the ball better.
The following questions may help you clarify your personal direction for improvement. Can you do better? Then look at the wheel while keeping that goal in mind. The wheel of excellence can serve as a personal guide for improving anything important in your life. This game is fluid. Decide to do it and then do it!
When you revisit the wheel later. Decide what is most important for you now. Target a specific area for improvement that seems most relevant for you now. As good or great as you are or become. You can get better tomorrow than you are today. Wheel of Excellence 23 commitment be better or could you act on it in a more consistent or focused way? Do you visit it regularly? To make meaningful improvements in the quality and consistency of your performance. Are you thinking about why you can achieve your goals and how you will achieve them?
Are you putting yourself in situations that give you the best chance of believing in yourself and achieving your goals? Are you looking for the good things in every practice. Are you acting as if you can do it? Can you do it consistently? At every opportunity? Are you acknowledging your progress and rejoicing in it? Are you trusting yourself.
In my consulting work with highlevel performers and those striving to be high-level performers.