The #1 Mental Toughness Books In Sports
WINNING STATE SOFTBALL
teaches athletes how to compete mentally tough, handle pressure, and deliver clutch performances. Ages 14+
WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT
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Athletes learn how to turn pressure and nerves into an advantage.
WIN THE MENTAL BATTLE
Succeeding in competition requires responding to pressure with a level head.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT WINNING STATE
"This book changed my life."
"The best book I’ve ever read on the mental game."
"This is the book I always talk about."
"Every athlete should read this book."
"A great book for parents and kids alike."
"My daughter loved the book."
"Coached for 20 years. Great book!"
"Perfect for all levels of athletes."
Since 2002, WINNING STATE has taught tens of thousands of athletes the mental side of competing.
1) Mental game skills to turn pressure and nerves into an advantage
WINNING STATE teaches athletes that no amount of physical training will eliminate nervousness. The idea is a myth. Athletes learn a new of skills to face nerves head on and turn heart-pounding pressure into an advantage.
4) Mental toughness skills to make hard decisions
Athletes learn that decisions are black or white. We do or we don’t. We go train or we blow it off. We go to class or we ditch it. We study hard for the test or we don’t. As we’re deciding whether to work or slack off our mind plays tricks on us: “You can get away with it just this one time.” What a mistake! The heck with getting away with it. WINNING STATE teaches athletes how to make mentally tough decisions that propel them forward, toward becoming a champion. Success on and off the field takes mental toughness.
5) Competition skills to “flip the switch”
In the competitive sports context, WINNING STATE coined the term “flip the switch” to give athletes a simple idea to take into competition. Athletes learn how to switch on a competition process loaded with mental toughness tactics to get the most out of themselves under nerve-wracking pressure.
3) Strategies to preplan self-talk to crush doubt and hesitation
WINNING STATE teaches athletes how to give themselves an inspiring pep-talk when the pressure is on. Athletes learn self-talk strategies to verbally win the battle between doubting and believing. WINNING STATE provides numerous examples of great self-talk to put doubt in its place and go for it.
2) Knowledge of why confidence and mental toughness are NOT the same
Athletes learn why mental toughness is more important than confidence. Confidence is a flighty “feeling” that comes and goes. Mental toughness is a gritty attitude that can withstand adversity. WINNING STATE teaches athletes mental toughness tactics to stay poised and composed under pressure. WINNING STATE is the first to make the distinction: mental toughness drives confidence.
Plus more essential mental toughness skills to COMPETE MENTALLY TOUGH and win
- Skills to achieve a LOCKED-IN mental state.
Knowledge of what a mental game “is” and what a mental game should “produce.”
A new perspective that makes a clear distinction between physical toughness and mental toughness.
The skill to breathe systematically to settle nerves, increase horsepower, and strengthen focus.
Self-talk strategies to prevent worrying about future outcomes and to instead keep the mind grounded in the present focused on doing their job.
Mental pictures of what to visualize when their heart is pounding through their chest.
ATHLETES GET A NEW SET OF SKILLS TO EXCEL UNDER PRESSURE
A LIFE-CHANGING BOOK
WINNING STATE teaches athletes to believe in themselves.
8 WINNING STATE SAMPLE PAGES
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3 WINNING STATE AUDIOBOOK SAMPLES
ATHLETES LEARN HOW TO CONQUER NERVES AND WIN
4 MENTAL TOUGHNESS VIDEOS
NAVY SEAL MENTAL TOUGHNESS PART 1
Navy SEAL recruits are put through specialized training to change the way their brains react to fear and panic to do their job under extreme pressure.
Experts agree that the difference between world class and good is all in the brain. Competing is 90% mental, and it takes mental toughness to succeed under pressure.
NAVY SEAL MENTAL TOUGHNESS PART 2
Recruits are sent to mental toughness class to learn how to talk themselves through the overwhelming super fear of drowning to pass the dreaded water competency test.
SOFTBALL - WIN THE MENTAL BATTLE
The battle that wins championships is fought in the mind, not with the body. The mental battle is won by building a winning state of mind.
Mental toughness Masterclass instruction with Steve Knight.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steve Knight is a 2x national champion, an Oregon state record holder since 1982, a trailblazer in strength, health, and mental performance since 1974, and a multi-million-dollar lifelong entrepreneur. Read more about Steve Knight's pioneering work on our About The Author page.