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Psyched Up - How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed

Daniel McGinn

Closing the sale. Asking for a raise. Nailing the big presentation. Of the 2,000 hours you work every year, your success or failure is determined in the couple of dozen crucial hours when you need to bring your absolute best. Will you? The last few minutes before a major challenge can be terrifying. Ever wished you knew how to make sure you ace the make-or-break test, audition, or interview? We often feel the most powerless just before we're expected to act powerful. As you'll learn in this life-changing book, practice might make perfect, but perfection is useless if you can't summon it when it counts. Pulling off a great speech or the pivotal at bat also requires the right kind of mental preparation. In Psyched Up, journalist Daniel McGinn dives into the latest psychological research and interviews athletes, soldiers, entertainers, and others who, despite years of practice and enviable track records, will ultimately be judged on their ability to delivera solid performance when it's their turn to shine. For instance, he reveals... • How Jerry Seinfeld's jacket and Stephen Colbert's pen help them get laughs. • What General Stanley McChrystal said to Special Forces before they entered the battlefield. • Why the New England Patriots hired the DJ from the Red Sox to help them win. Among other counterintuitive insights, McGinn reveals why trying to calm your backstage jitters can be worse for your performance than channeling it into excitement; how meaningless rituals can do more to prepare you in the final moments than last-minute rehearsal; and how a prescription from your doctor could help you unleash your best skills. Whether you're a sportsperson or a salesperson, an actor or an entrepreneur, one bad hour can throw away months of hard work. There's so much conflicting popular advice that we often end up doing the wrong things. McGinn separates the facts from the old wives' tales and shares new, research driven strategies for activating your talent, optimizing your emotions, and getting psyched up to take

Closing the sale. Asking for a raise. Nailing the big presentation. Of the 2,000 hours you work every year, your success or failure is determined in the couple of dozen crucial hours when you need to bring your absolute best. Will you? The last few minutes before a major challenge can be terrifying. Ever wished you knew how to make sure you ace the make-or-break test, audition, or interview? We often feel the most powerless just before we're expected to act powerful. As you'll learn in this life-changing book, practice might make perfect, but perfection is useless if you can't summon it when it counts. Pulling off a great speech or the pivotal at bat also requires the right kind of mental preparation. In Psyched Up, journalist Daniel McGinn dives into the latest psychological research and interviews athletes, soldiers, entertainers, and others who, despite years of practice and enviable track records, will ultimately be judged on their ability to delivera solid performance when it's their turn to shine. For instance, he reveals... • How Jerry Seinfeld's jacket and Stephen Colbert's pen help them get laughs. • What General Stanley McChrystal said to Special Forces before they entered the battlefield. • Why the New England Patriots hired the DJ from the Red Sox to help them win. Among other counterintuitive insights, McGinn reveals why trying to calm your backstage jitters can be worse for your performance than channeling it into excitement; how meaningless rituals can do more to prepare you in the final moments than last-minute rehearsal; and how a prescription from your doctor could help you unleash your best skills. Whether you're a sportsperson or a salesperson, an actor or an entrepreneur, one bad hour can throw away months of hard work. There's so much conflicting popular advice that we often end up doing the wrong things. McGinn separates the facts from the old wives' tales and shares new, research driven strategies for activating your talent, optimizing your emotions, and getting psyched up to take
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Closing the sale. Asking for a raise. Nailing the big presentation. Of the 2,000 hours you work every year, your success or failure is determined in the couple of dozen crucial hours when you need to bring your absolute best. Will you? The last few minutes before a major challenge can be terrifying. Ever wished you knew how to make sure you ace the make-or-break test, audition, or interview? We often feel the most powerless just before we're expected to act powerful. As you'll learn in this life-changing book, practice might make perfect, but perfection is useless if you can't summon it when it counts. Pulling off a great speech or the pivotal at bat also requires the right kind of mental preparation. In Psyched Up, journalist Daniel McGinn dives into the latest psychological research and interviews athletes, soldiers, entertainers, and others who, despite years of practice and enviable track records, will ultimately be judged on their ability to delivera solid performance when it's their turn to shine. For instance, he reveals... • How Jerry Seinfeld's jacket and Stephen Colbert's pen help them get laughs. • What General Stanley McChrystal said to Special Forces before they entered the battlefield. • Why the New England Patriots hired the DJ from the Red Sox to help them win. Among other counterintuitive insights, McGinn reveals why trying to calm your backstage jitters can be worse for your performance than channeling it into excitement; how meaningless rituals can do more to prepare you in the final moments than last-minute rehearsal; and how a prescription from your doctor could help you unleash your best skills. Whether you're a sportsperson or a salesperson, an actor or an entrepreneur, one bad hour can throw away months of hard work. There's so much conflicting popular advice that we often end up doing the wrong things. McGinn separates the facts from the old wives' tales and shares new, research driven strategies for activating your talent, optimizing your emotions, and getting psyched up to take

Language:

English

Narrators:

Not Yet Available

Length:

5h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:27