An infinitesimal difference exists between a good athlete and a great one. To reach the ultimate level of performance, an athlete must first achieve a balance between inner peace and external power. In this book, former NFL running back Prince Daniels, Jr. shares the path to unlocking true potential through the practice of mindfulness and meditation. By diligently applying his practices, athletes can overcome all the noise and prior programming that keep them from attaining their highest goals.
Using Daniels’ easy techniques—which bring into line the mind, body and spirit—athletes can reach “the zone,” that place where there is only the present moment and effortless action. When the spirit moves, everything else clicks. In this space of enhanced confidence and focus, an athlete can discover that anything is possible if they truly believe it to be.
Why take your game to the next level when you can achieve the ultimate?
“Great insight on how to attain your best self in all aspects. Playing as a NCAA D1 All-American athlete and NFL athlete came from my focus. Prince explains how to expand that focus to your mind, body, and spirit while thriving in “the zone” where our ultimate self lives. Wish I had this while I was still playing.”
As an athlete, this book felt like the compact guide to meditation and visualization I've been looking for. I've had an array of nebulous thoughts on these topics for a long time, but MFUA laid out a framework that helped me make a lot of important connections. I also appreciated the balance of philosophy and highly detailed practical advice.
The single biggest insight for me was the notion of focusing on the "gaps" between what you have already accomplished, say in a training session or in a competition, and what you are trying to achieve next. I've often used "anchor images" in my visualization, meaning snapshots of my best performances, but I think bridging the gap to the next step of your development with visualization prior to actualization is how you make progress fast.
I'd say Daniels' writing style is simple and accessible, and he speaks from experience. The philosophical/conceptual elements of MFUA are not easy to pin down, but Daniels explains them with clarity and authority. The entire chapter on Spirit was my favorite. Spirit is by far the most powerful yet allusive force in every person, including athletes. However, the sports world is largely unconcerned with spirituality. I thought Daniels did an exceptional job explaining the universal nature of spirit, it's depth and power in each of our lives, and how it can be cultivated to bring more fulfillment and success to the athletic experience. I finished that chapter feeling more in touch with my own spirit and more ready to integrate it into my own athletic experiences. I didn't mention any of the stories that were told throughout the book, but I really enjoyed reading them. They were a big part of what made the rest of the text seem authoritative.
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mindfulness For The Ultimate Athlete! This book provides valuable insights for any athlete who wants to be there BEST! Everything matters in competitive sports, including our Minds! Most are consumed with the OUTSIDE, this book offers insight as to how athletes can improve from the INSIDE! Very powerful information. I encourage all who truly want to maximize their potential to read this!"
The insight and tools that are applicable to life now. The power of the body and how it aligns with the mind and spirit. Incredible author that gives his readers a chance to view his world and tap into a whole world of their own to reach their highest potential. Phenomenal book. This book has allowed me to reconnect with my inner self and I’m looking forward to learning more and the journey ahead.
"This life changing book was what I needed in this pandemic. "The Prince" is a force to be reckoned with; he laid the foundation and gave me the formula to Win Again. This book helped me hear my body's voice, even though it has always been speaking".