There are some really great books out there, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start! So these are my personal top three books. I suggest that start with them and work from there. All of three of them are really easy to read, contain useful information and are readily available.
|Dweck, Carol||Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential||If there is one book on this list that you read, make sure that it is this one! One of the most influential books in the area. It provides a great explanation of the Growth mindset. A concept that comes up time and time again.|
|Colvin, Goeff||Talent is overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else||A fascinating read and I couldn't put it down. Personally, I found the concept really liberating - the thought that your performance is only limit by the amount of time and effort you are willing to put in was a really eye opener! Forget about talents that you think you are born with - it is all about practice, hardwork and commitment.|
|Alred, Dave||The Pressure Principle: Handle Stress, Harness Energy, and Perform When It Counts||Very down to earth with some worked through examples. Stress impacts everyone differently and I found this book helped to understand how to adopt techniques to deal with it. I can't watch kickers in rubgy without thinking about this book.|
The key book here is Carol Dweck's book closely followed by Geoff Colvin's book. The ideas in these two books fit together really well.
|Syed, Matthew||Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice||Matthew Syed is known as Mr Ping Pong and this book covers Matthew's own experiences as a table tennis champion. This book re-iterates and reinforces a lot of the work in Colvin's book but from another angle.|
|Syed, Matthew||Black box thinking: Marginal gains and the secrets of high performance||This takes the Growth mindset and applies it to organisations as well as individuals. Great content on Cognitive Dissonance and self image. Interesting reading.|
|Syed, Matthew||You are awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything||A brilliant introduction to the Growth mindset for younger readers. Very well written and well laid out.|
|Gladwell, Malcolm||Outliers: The story of success||Another book that reinforces the issue about talent being over-rated. I am a great Gladwell fan. Really easy to read.|
|Ericsson, Anders||Peak: How all of us can achieve extraordinary things||This uses some of the same base research as in Geoff Colvin's book, but takes it on to the next step. This book forms a power combination when read after Carol Dweck's book.|
|Marshall, Simon and Paterson, Lesley||The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion||Although aimed at the endurance athlete, it has some great in-depth sections on self-image as well as some great ideas on how to deal with stress.|
|Turner, Martin and Barker, Jamie||Tipping The Balance: The Mental Skills Handbook For Athletes||Lots of good practical advice as well as some relevant theory. It is a good book to dip into and it has good hints and tips.|
You will find a large number of books on the subject. Most will concentrate on process as a method for performing under pressure. There is a set of common themes that run through these books.
|Hudson, Rich||Pressure Myths: Understanding the Psychology of Performance||Description|
There really is only one book worth reading here and it is probably the one that most shotgun shooters will be familiar with.
|Bassham, Lanny||With winning in Mind||It is a great read and the audio version (just over 5 hours) is well worth downloading. I can't remember how times I have listened to it and every time I do, I hear something new.|
Being "in the zone" is a phrase you hear a lot. It is also sometimes referred to as "Flow" - this is when 100% of your focus is on the process and you lose track of everything else, even the outcome.
|Brolin, Clyde||In The Zone: How Champions Think and Win Big||Description|
|Jackson, Susan and Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly||Flow in Sports||Csikszentmihalyi is considered to be the person who first coined the phrase "flow". A surprisingly easy book to read.|
|Lardon, Michael||Finding your zone: Ten core lessons for achieving peak performance in sports and life||Description|
There used to be only one book on the subject (which was dated and difficult to read), but recently I came across a second which is much more accessible with some good exercises.
|Martin, Wayne F.||An insight to sports: Featuring trapshooting and golf||This can be a really difficult book to get hold of and even when you do, it can be hard going to read. But it is the only book in the area.|
|Kennedy, Wes||Sports Vision Training for Shooting Performance: A Guide For The Combat Athlete||Aimed more at combat sports, this short book does have some very shooting specific exercises.|