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The Champion's Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Re-Ignite

by Jim Afremow

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In The Champion's Comeback, he offers winning strategies for athletes of any skill level or age to get mentally psyched for competition, quickly rebound after a loss, and overcome injuries. In clear, engaging language, Afremow explores the psychology of commitment and shows readers how to develop the core confidence of repeat champions.
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  • Hardcover
    $40.84
ISBN: 9781623366797
ANNOTATION:
In The Champion's Comeback, he offers winning strategies for athletes of any skill level or age to get mentally psyched for competition, quickly rebound after a loss, and overcome injuries. In clear, engaging language, Afremow explores the psychology of commitment and shows readers how to develop the core confidence of repeat champions.

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In The Champion's Comeback, he offers winning strategies for athletes of any skill level or age to get mentally psyched for competition, quickly rebound after a loss, and overcome injuries. In clear, engaging language, Afremow explores the psychology of commitment and shows readers how to develop the core confidence of repeat champions.

Publisher Description

Your ultimate guide to overcoming losses and injuries and achieving greatness-on and off the field. Leading sports psychologist Jim Afremow, author of The Champion's Mind, knows what makes good athletes great, especially when they come back to win after facing devastating injuries, tough obstacles, or seemingly insurmountable odds. Making a comeback isn't just about raw talent or athletic ability-it's the mental game that counts most. In The Champion's Comeback, he offers winning strategies for athletes of any age or skill level to get mentally psyched for competition, quickly rebound after a loss, and overcome injuries (and the fear of re-injury). Afremow explores the psychology of commitment and shows you how to develop the core confidence of repeat champions. Featuring unique tips and advice, including guided imagery scripts, easy-to-follow mental training exercises, and motivating stories of famous "comeback" athletes, The Champion's Comeback is the ultimate athlete's handbook, encouraging you to not only stay in the game but also achieve greatness, no matter what.

Author Biography

Jim Afremow, PhD, is a leading sports psychology consultant and licensed counselor. He is the founder of Good to Gold Medal, former sports psychology consultant at Arizona State University, and the author of The Champion's Mind. He has worked closely with athletes at all levels, including pros from the MLB, NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, PGA Tour, and LPGA Tour. He lives in Phoenix, AZ.

Review

"The Champion's Comeback is full of difference making mental insights. The materials, like the 7L's, are innovative and often presented in the best learning mode - make the points and explain with outstanding examples. Championships earned include confronting failures and using them to improve: Jim Afremow has given us the "comeback" factors in an important and entertaining read!" --TONY LA RUSSA, MLB Hall of Famer, 3x World Series Champion "For athletes, with each competition and every practice come new challenges to overcome and new opportunities to grow. In this book, Jim gives you the roadmap for making the most of those moments and sets you up to overcome it all, no matter how big orsmall your comeback is. I loved taking an inside look at the mind of incredible athletes. All their tools for success are right here in your hands. What you do with them is up to you!" --REBECCA SONI, Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer, Founder of RISE Elite Athletes

"I have had a chance to read The Champion's Comeback a couple of times now and love it. It was interesting to read and then look back on different times in my career. I highly recommend this book." -- GRANT FUHR, National Hockey League Hall of Famer

"I highly recommend The Champion's Comeback for all walks of life. The book has great quotes and real life examples that can help any team, athlete or organization perform better. I know I will be a better coach after reading this book." -- ERIC MUSSELMAN, Head Coach Nevada Wolf Pack Men's Basketball

"Jim Afremow has done it again! The Champion's Comeback showcases a mental road-map to greatness in the face of adversity. It's a must read for coaches or athletes striving to build confidence and enhance performance." --SUE PHILLIPS, Head Coach 2014 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team

"The Champion's Comeback will take your mindset to the next level. If there is one thing I learned over my 17 year track and field career, it is that the mind is what will always make the difference. This book is packed with knowledge for any athlete, coach or entrepreneur who is wanting to step their mindset up to the next level." --IAN WARNER, 2012 Olympian and Owner of BounceBackEntrepreneurs.com

"At some point, and likely right NOW, all of us are in need of a comeback. But how do we get started? And where can we get help? The Champion's Comeback by Jim Afremow is your playbook. Using stories and strategies from the greats, Jim simplifies the steps to get started, adjust your mindset, form beliefs, overcome setbacks, and ultimately achieve your Champion's Comeback. Definitely a recommended read." --JOE JACOBI, Olympic gold medalist and Chief Executive Officer for USACanoe/Kayak

"The Champion's Comeback is a must read for any athlete striving to achieve. Jim deals with pressure and the fear of failure head on. His well-written and simple advice is accompanied by extensive tangible examples to maximize performance when under pressure. This is applicable for all ages, abilities and situations--for the athlete, coach or even those in the business world." --DICK GOULD, Director of Tennis, Stanford University, Coach of 17 NCAA Championship teams

"The power of positivity and theright mental approach is crucial in any sports field and in life in general. Dr. Afremow's book The Champion's Comeback can help lead you in the right direction." --BEN HENDERSON, Mixed Martial Artist and former UFC Lightweight Champion

"The Champion's Comeback has not only inspired us to re-frame our retirement from professional sports but also has empowered us to inspire the next generation of elite athletes through the daily rigors of competitive sports." --LAUREN & RYAN MARIANO, RPM Sand Volleyball

Review Quote

" The Champion's Comeback is full of difference making mental insights. The materials, like the 7L's, are innovative and often presented in the best learning mode - make the points and explain with outstanding examples. Championships earned include confronting failures and using them to improve: Jim Afremow has given us the "comeback" factors in an important and entertaining read!" -- TONY LA RUSSA , MLB Hall of Famer, 3x World Series Champion "For athletes, with each competition and every practice come new challenges to overcome and new opportunities to grow. In this book, Jim gives you the roadmap for making the most of those moments and sets you up to overcome it all, no matter how big orsmall your comeback is. I loved taking an inside look at the mind of incredible athletes. All their tools for success are right here in your hands. What you do with them is up to you!" -- REBECCA SONI , Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer, Founder of RISE Elite Athletes "I have had a chance to read The Champion's Comeback a couple of times now and love it. It was interesting to read and then look back on different times in my career. I highly recommend this book." -- GRANT FUHR , National Hockey League Hall of Famer "I highly recommend The Champion's Comeback for all walks of life. The book has great quotes and real life examples that can help any team, athlete or organization perform better. I know I will be a better coach after reading this book." -- ERIC MUSSELMAN , Head Coach Nevada Wolf Pack Men's Basketball "Jim Afremow has done it again! The Champion's Comeback showcases a mental road-map to greatness in the face of adversity. It's a must read for coaches or athletes striving to build confidence and enhance performance." -- SUE PHILLIPS , Head Coach 2014 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team " The Champion's Comeback will take your mindset to the next level. If there is one thing I learned over my 17 year track and field career, it is that the mind is what will always make the difference. This book is packed with knowledge for any athlete, coach or entrepreneur who is wanting to step their mindset up to the next level." -- IAN WARNER , 2012 Olympian and Owner of BounceBackEntrepreneurs.com "At some point, and likely right NOW, all of us are in need of a comeback. But how do we get started? And where can we get help? The Champion's Comeback by Jim Afremow is your playbook. Using stories and strategies from the greats, Jim simplifies the steps to get started, adjust your mindset, form beliefs,overcome setbacks, and ultimately achieve your Champion's Comeback. Definitely a recommended read." -- JOE JACOBI , Olympic gold medalist and Chief Executive Officer for USACanoe/Kayak " The Champion's Comeback is a must read for any athlete striving to achieve. Jim deals with pressure and the fear of failure head on. His well-written and simple advice is accompanied by extensive tangible examples to maximize performance when under pressure. This is applicable for all ages, abilities and situations--for the athlete, coach or even those in the business world." -- DICK GOULD , Director of Tennis, Stanford University, Coach of 17 NCAA Championship teams "The power of positivity and theright mental approach is crucial in any sports field and in life in general. Dr. Afremow's book The Champion's Comeback can help lead you in the right direction." -- BEN HENDERSON , Mixed Martial Artist and former UFC Lightweight Champion " The Champion's Comeback has not only inspired us to re-frame our retirement from professional sports but also has empowered us to inspire the next generation of elite athletes through the daily rigors of competitive sports." -- LAUREN & RYAN MARIANO, RPM Sand Volleyball

Excerpt from Book

CHAPTER ONE CRACKING THE COMEBACK CODE I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It''s all a question of how I view my life. --PAULO COELHO, NOVELIST Two kinds of players show up in sports and life: the contender and the champion. The contender, threatened by the prospect of competition and failure, either refuses help or expects others to do the hard work he should be doing himself. You can picture the contender''s attitude like a downward- pointing triangle. The Contender In contrast, the champion seeks out tough challenges and opportunities to learn and grow and looks for support and feedback from teammates, coaches, and others. Picture this perspective like an upward-pointing triangle. The Champion A champion, unlike a contender, regroups after inevitable setbacks and emerges stronger. A champion embraces difficult and demanding situations and learns from both triumph and failure. "Life is not a spectator sport," said baseball legend Jackie Robinson. "If you''re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you''re wasting your life." In other words, to make the journey more worthwhile, life should be viewed as a participatory sport- -play life! Everyone can, and should, come down from the grandstand and embrace challenges on the field of play. That''s how we move from being spectators to being contenders. Once taking on challenges becomes a habit, you truly become a champion. Participate, participate, and participate in your sport-- no matter the challenges or obstacles ahead. The ability to step up to challenges is important in all aspects of life, and it''s a key ingredient of happiness and success. Challenges will appear in all sorts of situations, from trying out for a team to working on a new move or skill (and putting it into action during a game or scrimmage) to pitting yourself against stronger competition or trying a new fitness activity. These situations will likely involve emotional and physical discomforts and the risk of failure and rejection, but these are all part of the process of becoming a champion. Consider this story: The day after graduating from high school, Vanessa paused in front of a storefront she had breezed past so many times before. This time, on a whim, Vanessa opened the door and walked right under the beat-up EXPERT PSYCHIC READINGS sign. A gentle middle-aged woman greeted her before giving her a not-so-gentle reading: "You have a most miserable future." Vanessa was determined to escape her fate. She tried to defy the prediction by being extremely cautious, never taking risks, and steering away from anything that might cause her harm. At the ripe old age of 100, Vanessa took her last breath and realized--too late--that the fortune- teller''s prediction had come true. She had led an empty, miserable life. It may seem counterintuitive, but failure is the greatest teacher. We learn best by making mistakes or experiencing disappointments. If you allow the fear of failure to prevail, then you''ve already ensured your own failure by depriving yourself of life''s greatest teacher. As all-time hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don''t take." In sports, in particular, athletes receive instant feedback on their performance, what works and what doesn''t--and that''s a great thing! It means they''ve just learned something new about their game and have the opportunity to improve. Weaknesses can always be turned into strengths. Do you give up after just one loss or a tough race, game, or meet? It''s important to realize that all champions have lost and made mistakes--more than you can count! Psychiatrist Milton Erickson said, "Along with successes, collect a proper number of failures." Collecting failures in sports is how you retool and return to competition as a superior athlete. Look at it this way: Failures can be a source of motivation, not discouragement. You must, however, make adjustments, big and small. Think of the Jewish proverb "I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders." The contender yearns to lighten the load, while the champion wants the ability to take on more. This is a crucial distinction, because we can''t always control the demands placed on us; all we can do is have the mental fortitude to respond. Starting now, instead of cursing daily difficulties, ask yourself, "How can I best carry my load?" This adjustment requires you to redefine difficulties as challenges. Contenders feel threatened by playing against stiff competition or trying new fitness challenges. They are worried about falling behind or receiving negative evaluations or criticism from others and are intimidated by the prospect of physical discomfort. Contenders don''t seem to have much fun playing. They either complain about everything or deny having any issues ("I''m good!") and distract themselves to escape their problems. If they try to deal with everything on their own, it will take them longer to achieve their goals, assuming they can do that at all. Unlike contenders, champions thrive on embracing challenges because these challenges push them and make them feel most alive, improve their competitiveness as athletes, and allow them to mature as individuals. In fact, champions see everything as a trial that tests and improves them. This point is critical: How you think about an upcoming performance and what will happen to you (facing a challenge, losing a point, making a mistake) will significantly influence your feelings and actions. If you view an upcoming situation as a threat, then you will panic and perform poorly. You might even completely avoid the situation. By the same token, if you view the upcoming performance as a challenge, then you can get excited. By overcoming your initial fears and gaining confidence, you will be highly motivated and have the freedom to perform your best and you will focus only on the things you can control. At this point and in this frame of mind, you will take on challenges like a champion. "There''s always going to be adversity, there''s always going to be challenges, and those are all opportunities to rise above," said Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. What he is implying is that after a setback, contenders collapse while champions rise. Comebacks can be small, such as recovering from an error or a penalty in a game, or large, such as returning to a sport after a major injury or a long absence. For a champion, there is nothing more magnificent or memorable than making a major comeback. The bigger the setback, the more opportunities to learn and the more glory and satisfaction to be gained upon a successful comeback. A champion must respond to some, and possibly all, of these 12 common athletic setbacks. 1.A mistake or an error 2.Being down in a game (or race, fight, match, series) 3.One or more shattering defeats 4.Crushing disappointment 5.A close call or a near victory 6.Being benched 7.A performance slump 8.The low (or high) expectations of others 9.An injury or an illness 10.An extended absence 11.Feeling pressure to continue winning 12.A fitness slump How will you achieve your goal and how can you adapt and respond to various challenges? Going through setbacks in sports and other areas of life is perfectly normal, as nobody can avoid such things. How you choose to deal with setbacks--such as threats or challenges--is what makes the difference. "One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth," wrote psychologist Abraham Maslow. "Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again." We all want to make thinking, feeling, and acting like a champion part of our everyday life because, let''s face it, demands and difficulties are part of all aspects of life. Making the move from contender to champion means stepping out of your comfort zone, calling on your inner strength and supporters, and reframing tough situations as growth opportunities and chances for comebacks. Getting to the top requires hard work, good luck, and positive support. However, a comeback adds the potential of failure, injury, fear, and criticism. Which sounds harder? A comeback, of course. Here are the 7 L''s that champions use to crack the Champion''s Comeback Code. 1.LET GO--release the mental brick 2.LOOK FOR SUPPORT--build a winning team 3.LOVE THE GAME--compete with purpose and passion 4.LEARN--embrace a growth mind-set 5.LABOR--keep

Product Details

Author
Jim Afremow
Short Title
CHAMPIONS COMEBACK
Publisher
Rodale Books
Language
English
ISBN-10
1623366798
ISBN-13
9781623366797
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Pages
272
Year
2016
Publication Date
2016-05-20
Country of Publication
United States
Qualifications
PhD
Subtitle
How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Re-Ignite
Audience
General/Trade