Performed by Trevor Moawad with a foreword written and read by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
From a top mental conditioning coach—"the world’s best brain trainer” (Sports Illustrated)—who has transformed the lives and careers of elite athletes, business leaders, and military personnel, battle-tested strategies that will give you tools to manage and overcome negativity and achieve any goal.
He knows how to win.
More, he knows the many ways-subtle, brutal, often self-inflicted-we lose.
As the most trusted mental coach in the world of sports, Trevor Moawad has worked with many of the most dominant athletes and the savviest coaches. From Nick Saban and Kirby Smart to Russell Wilson, they all look to Moawad for help finding or keeping or regaining their competitive edge. (As do countless business leaders and members of special forces.)
Now, at last, Moawad shares his unique philosophy with the general public. He lays out lessons he's derived from his greatest career successes as well as personal setbacks, the game-changing wisdom he's earned as the go-to whisperer for elite performers on fields of play and among men and women headed to the battlefield.
Moawad's motivational approach is elegant but refreshingly simple: He replaces hardwired negativity, the kind of defeatist mindset that's nearly everybody's default, with what he calls "neutral thinking." His own special innovation, it's a nonjudgmental, nonreactive way of coolly assessing problems and analyzing crises, a mode of attack that offers luminous clarity and supreme calm in the critical moments before taking decisive action.
Not only can neutral thinking raise your performance level-it can transform your overall life. And it all starts, Moawad says, with letting go. Past failures, past losses-let them go. "The past isn't predictive. If you can absorb and embrace that belief, everything changes. You'll instantly feel more calm. And the athlete-or employee or parent or spouse-who's more calm is also more aware, and more times than not ... will win."
Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When marveling at elite athletes’ physical supremacy, it’s easy to overlook the fact that their training focuses as much on their minds as their bodies. Sports psychologist Trevor Moawad has built a career helping high-performing individuals in the world of sports and beyond adopt mental strategies that unlock their potential. In this audiobook, Moawad maps out his philosophy of neutral thinking, which entails staying in the moment and remaining task oriented. He uses real-world examples from the court, the field, and the boardroom to apply his techniques to any challenging situation, from perfecting a jump shot to landing a promotion. We particularly loved his behind-the-scenes stories involving Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson and legendary college coach Nick Saban, whose commitment to mental dexterity paid off in spades. Moawad narrates this lively and useful audiobook himself, and it’s a good thing he does—we can’t imagine anyone else giving voice to his straight-talking and occasionally profanity-laced wisdom. Bonus tip: Don’t miss the foreword by Moawad’s biggest success story and number one fan, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.