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The Brave Athlete CALM THE F*CK DOWN

Review: The Brave Athlete CALM THE F*CK DOWN

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We Liked

This is a very important read because "Skynet Controls Everything". Now for those of you that are old enough to know what that means take a moment and think about that for a second as it relates to your body. If you don't know who Sarah Connor is then you should look this saying up and then come back and think about it. Your central computer (your brain) controls everything about you. It has two platforms that it operates on. One system takes care of things that don't require thought (heart rate, hormones, etc) and then there is you. You operate on a conscience and unconscious level and those two influence everything that you do. So your brain (Skynet) controls everything.  

The Book: The purpose of the book is you and why you do what you do and whats controlling your feeling and actions. The Brave Athlete shows the complicated rats nest in our head in a very simple way that just about anyone young or old will understand.  There are 13 chapters in the book. Like any good text book it starts with the basics and then drives deeper. The interesting thing with this book is that it serves 2 audiences simultaneously in that it is a self help book to essentially help you understand you and what is going on in your central computer but also the book can be used by coaches to deal with their athletes and help them get out of their own way.  

Construction: Normally I don't say anything about how the book is put together. However in this case I will because its deviates from the traditional paperback or hardback covers that you see in 99% of the book market. The book comes with an extended front and back covers that is ment for keeping your place when you have to put the book down and take care of something like the dinner burning on the stove or some one is at the front door trying to give you a better deal on cable TV. This is really useful and gives the book a workbook feel.

Artwork: The artwork in the book is really clever and was directed by Vicki Hopewell and illustrated by Chi Brimingham. You can find Chi’s work Here at http://www.chibirmingham.com. Chi did a great job in the illustrations. He managed to take a serious subject make it warm and inviting with a little bit of humor and still get the message across in a way that anyone will understand and identify with. Chi Brimingham's illustrations will literally speaks a thousand words to you. What makes the illistrations so great is the dichotomy of the complicated message is made really really simple with bold characters and subject matters.

Homework/Workbook: This is the other thing that I like about this book. As you work through the chapters and gain a better understanding on why you feel and act to things, the author gives the reader simple exercises to perform to help reprogram the way you would deal with situations and reinforce desirable outcomes.

We Didn't Like

if your not into science it can be alot to take in for the adverage person.

The Final Say

Do you have some problems in your athletic endeavors? Do you have anxiety when you compete or train? Are you a coach that is frustrated with your athletes doing things that sabotages their events? Or thier training? Then this is a must read for you. This book is a great addition to your library and is actually an easy read. You will learn more about yourself and your athletes and probably find yourself going “Oh that’s Why!” then adding in the homework worksheets that are built in make it a athletes self help get out of your own way. Remember “Skynet Controls Everything” and your mindset sill set the stage for you in everything that you do. I said this earlier and Ill say it again.  The Brave Athlete is about you and why you do what you do and whats controlling your feeling and actions. The Brave Athlete shows the complicated rats nest in our head in a very simple way that just about anyone young or old will understand.  So do yourself, your family and teammates a favor. Read it.   

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