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In Pursuit of Excellence-5th Edition

In Pursuit of Excellence-5th Edition


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    Whether you’re an athlete, aspiring coach, or business professional, the ultimate goal remains the same: reaching your potential.

    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.

    You’ll learn to focus for excellence while living and enjoying life to the fullest. You’ll gain a more positive outlook, a more focused commitment, better ways of dealing with distractions and pressures, and strategies for overcoming obstacles. You’ll also achieve greater personal and professional satisfaction and discover better ways to work with teammates, respond more effectively to coaching and guidance, and become more positive and self-directed in your thoughts and actions.

    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.

    Table of Contents

    Part I Discovering Excellence
    Chapter 1. Choice of Excellence
    Chapter 2. Wheel of Excellence
    Chapter 3. Focus for Excellence
    Chapter 4. Journey to Excellence

    Part II Focusing for Excellence
    Chapter 5. Self-Examination
    Chapter 6. Intensity, Relaxation, and Recovery
    Chapter 7. Distraction Control
    Chapter 8. Positive Images
    Chapter 9. Simulation
    Chapter 10. Zen Experiences

    Part III Creating Excellence
    Chapter 11. Perspectives
    Chapter 12. Goals
    Chapter 13. Commitments
    Chapter 14. Connections
    Chapter 15. Challenges
    Chapter 16. Actions

    Part IV Living Excellence
    Chapter 17. Composed
    Chapter 18. Balanced
    Chapter 19. Consistent
    Chapter 20. Coachable
    Chapter 21. Team-Oriented
    Chapter 22. Self-Directed
    Chapter 23. Adaptable
    Chapter 24. Transition

    About the Author

    Terry Orlick, PhD, is a professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He obtained his PhD in the psychology of sport and physical activity from the University of Alberta in 1972. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the psychology of excellence and quality living and has worked with some of the world’s top performers. His research has focused on enhancing the quality of life and quality of performance with children and high-level performers in a variety of disciplines.

    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. 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.


    “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.”

    Wade Gilbert, PhD-- Professor, Department of Kinesiology California State University–Fresno