Have you ever choked during a performance?
Have you ever been told how much talent you have, yet you're not reaching it?
Are you self-conscious or doubtful during performances?
Does your level of concentration fluctuate wildly?
Do you feel overwhelmed at times?
We all dream of overcoming our challenges. We dream of the perfect job, achieving new wealth, of living the life we choose in harmony with the people we love. For many of us, the dream stops there. We wonder what leads some extraordinary people to confront and exceed their goals and compete at the highest level, while others run in place, distracted by fears and a sense of intimidation. We seek the insights that will liberate us from anxiety and self-doubt. In this book, Jim Fannin shares a collection of ideas and daily exercises that transform everyday performers into true champions.
Using the secrets of Fannin's time-tested S.C.O.R.E. System (Self-Discipline, Concentration, Optimism, Relaxation, and Enjoyment), S.C.O.R.E. for Life shows you how to balance and apply these five principles in every arena of life. The result: more moments, days, and years performing and thinking in the state of flow we call the "Zone," and more of the results and success that matter. Every chapter includes reader-friendly tests and exercises, like the "90-Second Rule" (a lesson in discipline) and "The Palm Tree Versus the Oak Tree" (a lesson in adaptability).
For more than thirty years, Jim Fannin has coached hundreds of top-performing athletes and business leaders, who testify to what the S.C.O.R.E. System can do. It is a tried and proven blueprint for realizing our extraordinary human potential and overcoming the fears and worries that hold us back. With commitment and consistent use of this success formula, you will blaze new paths to personal and professional achievement.
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About the Author
Jim Fannin is an author, consultant, and mental coach for the world's top athletes and corporate executives. He is the founder and creator of the S.C.O.R.E. Performance System, the leading peak performance program. Drawing from his thirty years of experience in sports, education, and business, Jim helps people from all walks of life become more successful by showing them how to attract the Zone mind-set.
Fannin was born and raised in the Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, where his father was a government worker and his mother a nurse. His love for tennis led him to a full scholarship at East Tennessee State University, where he became the Ohio Valley Conference champion. After he earned a degree in marketing and psychology he played on the men's pro tennis tour in Europe. Upon leaving the tour, Jim coached seven players in the world's top 10. Client Adriano Panatta told him about his French Open victory, "It was amazing . . . I was so locked in and so in the moment . . . I had a feeling nothing could go wrong. The ball was as big as a grapefruit. I wish I could bottle it." At that moment, Jim knew his purpose in life was to find a way to bottle this Zone phenomenon and share it with others.
In 1977, Jim founded S.C.O.R.E. Performance Systems, Inc. Since then, he has studied and perfected the System into the leading formula to help people live, work, and play in the champion's mind-set called the Zone.
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S.C.O.R.E. for LifeThe Secret Formula for Thinking Like a Champion
By Jim Fannin
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2006 Jim Fannin
All right reserved.
The Mind of a Champion
Since you picked up this book, I can predict the following: you want more than you have now -- more success, more wealth, more love, and more happiness. We all see images of successful people. We all dream of the perfect job, achieving new wealth, of living the life we choose in harmony with the people we love. For many of us, the dream stops there. We wonder what leads some extraordinary people to confront and exceed their goals and compete at the highest level, while others of us run in place, distracted and intimidated by our fears -- even as we work harder and harder, and study various programs for personal fulfillment.
In this book, I will share with you a collection of ideas and daily exercises that transform everyday performers into true champions. This system has made me one of the leading experts in human potential, and catapulted business leaders and athletes from the middle of the pack to the greatest in their game. This program starts with a question: Would you invest just three hours a week spread out in bursts of 30, 60, or 90 seconds over a seven-day period to become a champion? This I know from three decades of coaching: by using the S.C.O.R.E. Performance System, you will build the habits that will make you a champion. Throughout this book I will use the pronouns he, she, him, her, and so on interchangeably. I want to make it clear that true champions have no specific gender, age, or experience. When I use the words he and him, ladies, please realize I'm still speaking directly to you. And gentlemen, the same goes for you. I coach champions, not gender, race, age, affiliation, or experience. Period!
There are three types of people: nonchampions, champions, and true champions.
Every day as we go to work or school we pass a multitude of nonchampions. Most of these people have champion moments, days, or even weeks. But too often, they are sidetracked with many interruptions and distractions. Too often, we lose the mind-set of a champion. The energy and passion we feel when we are locked in the moment is lost. We wake up in the morning unsure of our own vision for our lives. Rather than attack the day with positive thoughts and actions, we think and speak in negatives, or criticize others without an awareness of the damaging effects of our language on our family, colleagues, or friends. We gossip. We worry. We envy. We procrastinate. Even as we admonish ourselves for dissipating our energies this way, we fall into the habits that ground us in mediocrity and a stale feeling of dissatisfaction. Through three decades of coaching athletes and professionals, and studying the best science about human performance, I've found three markers of mediocre, nonchampion living that defeat our best intentions:
- We think too much, rehashing the past and projecting negativity into the future.
- We talk too much, mostly about things that don't matter.
- We produce too little; and when we go home at night and lay our heads on our pillow, we feel our day just didn't have enough time.
The result? Nonchampions live on a roller coaster of thought and emotion. We are disciplined in one moment and undisciplined the next. Our concentration fluctuates. We are not confident in how we look and are pessimistic in what we can achieve. We are stressed to the max, and we put on masks to hide our painful sense of inadequacy. As often as we mislead others, we mislead ourselves. We may touch the Zone on our best days, but we do not live in the Zone.
A champion prepares to win before they enter the arena. A champion manages the five intangibles of Self-Discipline, Concentration, Optimism, Relaxation, and Enjoyment on a daily basis. Before a champion goes to work, she is ready for the day to unfold successfully. She has a plan and the strategy and tactics to support the plan. A champion is armed with mental tools he can wield with swiftness and accuracy to adjust to changing conditions and circumstances. A champion is prepared to handle the surprise arrival of adversity.
The champion is honest. She tells it like it is. She evaluates her performance objectively on a continuous basis. Regardless of the outcome, she remains confident in her abilities. She learns from her mistakes. She improves every day.
A champion thinks less and produces more. Her pathway to success is illuminated. She sees it clearly. When a champion goes off course, he recovers swiftly. Success is getting up one more time from defeat. By thinking differently, he thinks like a champion.
We see, hear, and read about champions every day on television, the radio, and the Internet, or in magazines and newspapers: the Olympian who trains his or her entire life and finally wins the gold medal; the baseball player who makes the game-winning hit to win the World Series; the actor or actress who gives an acceptance speech at the Oscars; the tennis star who serves an ace to win Wimbledon; the business person who closes that multimillion-dollar deal. These people seem to have it all -- a successful career, a big house on the hill, a fancy car, and 2.5 kids. Champions? By most people's definition, yes. The dictionary defines a cham-pe-an as one who wins first place or first prize in a competition or one who is clearly superior or has the attributes of a winner. By this definition, these people are champions.
I've known many individuals who became champions in baseball, golf, banking, or sales but faced major struggles in life's other arenas, from divorce to partnership squabbles to poor health to parenting issues. In this book, I challenge you as I have challenged all of my most successful clients, to reach an even higher goal: to go beyond performing like a champion to living the life of a true champion.
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