A “Review” of the Book ‘Bounce’: How Champions are Made’ (by Matthew Sayed)

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Article Title: A “Review” of the Book ‘Bounce’: How Champions are Made’ (by Matthew Sayed)

Shared by: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Champions,
Books, Bounce, Matthew Sayed. Success, Success Principles, Motivation, Inspiration, Sports Psychology, Sport, Mind, Mind Control, Positive Thinking and
Positive Psychology (enough there now, craig!)

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/ and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

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We hope that the following article may be informative and helpful to your e-zine readers, or on your web site.
This piece may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. If it helps others “out there” on the pathway to success (and most importantly,
happiness), then we’re very happy.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
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by Matthew Sayed, a journalist with the Times of London (and published by a division of Harper Collins)

Sayed maintains that It (success) is not about talent. It’s about the transformational power of practice – the time and immense effort you put in to develop your skills. There is no short-cut to the very top, to become a champion. Practice is transformative, not only for the body… but in the mind.
The psychologist Ericson was right. To develop the complexity of skills takes many thousands of hours.
However, champions also need opportunity (or rather opportunities). Excellence is the consequence of thousands of hours of practice, but champions need skills to translate under pressure.
Belief in God liberated some champions to play great sport. Eg: “With God (or Allah) on my side, I couldn’t lose.”
– Muhammad Ali (and British triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards)

In other words, the ‘placebo effect’ transcends medicine:
“Positive illusion”
Champions also use mental tools, like:
Positive imagery

In summary…
Relevant and powerful is perceptual awareness (and not better reactions) that makes the difference in performance between elite
sports-people… and that these skills are acquired, then developed over many years.

Matthew Sayed suggests that BELIEF, rather than ability will determine our level of success. The central fundamental theme of this fascinating and compelling book hinges on a word BELIEF – that excellence depends on many hours of practice, rather than our innate abilities.
A glimmer of hope for me then…

In developing YOUR craft to the fullest with hard work, persistence, patience and especially PRACTICE, discover the champion in YOU!

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“Time after time we are forced to wonder why one great talent succeeds… and another still greater talent falls short? The reason is not mere “the will to win”. Rather it is the will to be tested at the very highest level. It is the ability to not only dwell on the far edge of sporting possibility, but to hold one’s balance…and to relish the proximity of the void.”
-The Times, London


Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
– Muhammad Ali

“One person with a dream can accomplish more than 100 others without one. If you have a burning desire, you can accomplish anything. The biographies of great men and women are full of stories of how they did seemingly impossible things because they had a dream.”
– author unknown

” Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. “
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

” I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.”
– Abraham Lincoln

About the Submitter:

Craig believes (and loves) in helping others to find their passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for then accomplish their “wildest” dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE. www.craiglockbooks.comhttp://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘The Winning Mind’ * and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons‘) *) are available at:
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/ and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

STOP. Enough there now, craig. Your “signature” is already longer than your article!

OK, then I’ll just add a bit to the article

”He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.
Dream lofty
dreams and as you dream so shall you become.”
– James Allen

“No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you’re lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high.”
– Harriet Du Autermont

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”


Most importantly,
have FUN enjoying the life journey


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7 Responses to “A “Review” of the Book ‘Bounce’: How Champions are Made’ (by Matthew Sayed)”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Reblogged this on Inside the Mind of a Grand Prix champion.


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  3. craiglock Says:

    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (many hundreds of thousands already on this blog…true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci


    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.


    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    “Let not our different beliefs divide us, but the Spirit of our shared humanity define and unite us.


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