The Mental Edge

Maximize Your Sports Potential with the Mind-Body Connection
by Kenneth Baum | 192 pages

This is an old-school mental training book written for athletes in 1999. When Kenneth Baum wrote it, the mind-body connection wasn’t as well-established as it is now so many of the ideas he shares were cutting-edge at the time. Big Ideas we explore include the power of a desire inferno, DROPing into WOOP, power talk, 26,000 breaths a day, and Maslow’s warning.


“The Mental Edge is a concrete program that will significantly improve your game. It involves specific, proven techniques—setting goals, strengthening your belief in yourself, improving your concentration, using imagery, overcoming obstacles, and conquering anxiety, among others. Every exercise is strongly based in science. Each one contributes to the power of the rest. And if you incorporate all of them into your own athletic life, your performance will improve. I’ve seen it happen to athletes at all levels. With this step-by-step program, it will happen for you, too. …

The most potent performance enhancer you have is the three pounds of gray matter located between your ears. It is more powerful than any other mechanism that you’ll find. And by using it in the ways I’ll describe in this book, you can improve your performance by up to 40 percent. That’s right—40 percent. This is a startling but proven fact.”

~ Kenneth Baum from The Mental Edge

This is an old-school mental training book written for athletes in 1999.

When Kenneth Baum wrote it, the mind-body connection wasn’t as well-established as it is now so many of the ideas he shares were cutting-edge at the time. (Get a copy here.)

I’m excited to create as comprehensive a collection of mental training books as we can so I got this book on the recommendation of one of our members. I enjoyed it as a nice re-cap/reminder of Ideas we’ve explored in similar books.

As I’ve mentioned, I LOVE sports mental training books as they provide such a concrete forum in which to develop our skills. Of course, all of the ideas apply to our LIVES as much as they do an individual sport. With that in mind, I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author

Authors

Kenneth Baum

Business trainer, speaker and leading sports psychologist.