"In Pursuit of Excellence" and Success Book Review by Klc

"In Pursuit of Excellence" and Success
A look at the psychological and sociological aspects of physical education as represented in Terry Orlick's "In Pursuit of Excellence".
# 128019 | 1,630 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 24, 2010 in Sport (General) , Psychology (General) , Literature (General)

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This paper discusses how in his book "In Pursuit of Excellence", Dr. Orlick outlines the seven key elements to success: commitment, mental readiness, positive images, confidence, distraction control, ongoing learning and most importantly, focus. The paper attempts to identify what positive changes the author can set himself in accordance with Orlick's "Wheel of Excellence". The paper concludes that excellence is possible and realistic if the correct steps are taken. The mind is as important as the body in shaping what can and cannot be achieved.

From the Paper:

"One element necessary to achieving success is commitment. The first step to being actively committed is to create a vision. In essence, this is the foundation for all actions that follow. The mental initiation of this component is that strivers must "decide to excel" (3). I have committed to a vision. My vision is to be a dominant and victorious 400m runner. My plan is to gradually increase my speed and power until I can achieve the times I desire. However, I lack the other element of commitment, acting according to that vision. I am intended to relentlessly pursue my vision. Orlick asserts that dedication and self-discipline will allow me to realize my aspirations. He states that an athlete can benefit from all parts of their training experience if they "draw positive energy from the parts that they like and learn lessons from the parts that aren't joyful" (14). Yet too often am I discouraged by the parts that aren't joyful. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Orlick, Terry. In Pursuit of Excellence. Champaign: Human Kinetics, 2008. Print.

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