Focused and on Fire: The Athlete's Guide to Mental Training and Kicking Butt (Paperback)
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"Focused and On Fire" is a fresh, smart, and moving book for all ages. Coach Lisa Mitzel portrays an authentic view of the athlete's inner journey. She takes readers through highs and lows to reflect on thoughts and feelings, and brings light to inspiration in confronting battles and reaching goals. While training and competing, Lisa experienced injuries, surgeries, psychological fears, and intense training with sport psychologists. She fought and overcame all of it to win championships. As a coach and mental training expert, her stories and curriculum teach methods to manage doubt, distraction, fear, pressure, and how to manifest success. Included in the book are core mental skills (breathing, relaxing, positive self-talk, visualization, recall, and concentration) critical mindsets (like volition, expectancy, present-moment awareness, acceptance, letting go, and resilience), simple exercises, true inspiring stories of athlete-clients and teams who overcame challenges, and fun illustrations that enhance Lisa's powerful messages. Readers will learn self-awareness, higher-mind thinking, and the practice of believing that anything's possible. This book is a rare gem, and kids and parents can read and practice the tools together. You have incredible inner power...use it.
About the Author
Lisa Mitzel is the author-illustrator of "Focused and On Fire." She is also a speaker and a mental training coach. She is a former Head Coach at Stanford University who broke records and took her team to their first ever top-10 finish at the National Championships. At the University of Utah, on full scholarship, Lisa became an NCAA National Champion gymnast, 6-Time All-American, member of four Division I NCAA National Championship Teams, and later, she was inducted into the University of Utah Hall of Fame. Lisa was also a 2-Time Junior Olympic National Champion, and placed in the top 25 Elite gymnasts in the country at USA Championships. Throughout her career, she endured many hardships -- sprained ankles, fractured tibias, knee surgeries, and a broken back. She also had a terrible crash while tumbling, was knocked unconscious, and experienced traumatic psychological fears. After training with a sport psychologist, Lisa overcame her fears and won championships. She knows pain, struggle, and the skill of believing. In 2014, Lisa gave a TEDx talk on the very subject and currently works with teams and individual athletes in mental training. Her focus is teaching mental skills and mindfulness to manage thoughts and emotions and help athletes to reach their goals. Her expertise is helping individuals overcome physical and mental struggles; preparing them to win in competition and create happiness and success in their lives. Published in Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology, she has a BA in Psychology and MFA in Writing.