‘When you understand that pressure is part and parcel of your life and there are things you can do to control it, you will face up to it in a positive way and use it to your advantage’
—- Rahul Dravid
A medical practitioner who has done pioneering work in the field of sports psychology, Dr Rudi Webster draws up a fail-safe recipe for on-the-ground performance enhancement in this remarkable book. He ropes in some of the world’s finest sportsmen to explain their own success techniques: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman, Clive Lloyd, Dennis Lillee, Wasim Akram, Jacques Kallis and Sir Garry Sobers. They talk about the four interconnected pillars that performance in sports is built on: fitness, technique, strategy and mental skill—but, unanimously, they declare that the mental pillar is the most important. At the highest level of sport, it’s this skill that determines how well the other components are combined and executed.
Think Like a Champion aims to enhance every aspect of a player’s form and performance. Inventive techniques, especially visualization and mental rehearsal, Dr Webster maintains, allow a physical skill to be learned more quickly and imprinted more powerfully in the mind–and thus better executed. Says ace cricketer V.V.S. Laxman, ‘These two techniques helped me to improve dramatically. Every young player should….make them an important part of his practice and preparation routine.’
This book is all you need to call forth your best performance at the right time.