There is a game that goes bigger than your playing field, and it is the most important one, it is the game of life. Your world may have been rotating around your sports career all these years, but it is about time to let you know that you must grow beyond. And to grow beyond your sports game to the game of life would take a lot more than physical exercise.
If you are a professional athlete or an aspiring one, it is important to know that as you enhance your athletic skills, you may start enhancing yourself for the betterment of your whole life. You have to start growing for the game of life.
Below is a curated list of five books for both aspiring and professional athletes. You are bound to become an excellent player both in your sports game and in the game of life.
“Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”
This book teaches how to silence your thoughts, and how you may create a liberated life.
Eckhart Tolle is an author and a spiritual teacher who devoted his life to understanding, integrating, and deepening the profound inner transformation. He believes that spiritual awakening is the next step in human evolution. This awakening, for him, is not just a prerequisite to personal happiness, but also a prerequisite to ending violence on our planet.
“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.”
In this book, the author explored how each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life.
James Allen was a philosophical writer and poet in the early years of the 19th century. He explores complex subjects like grief, sadness, love, faith, and religion. Allen has this capability to make complex subjects comprehensible.
In 1992, a freelance writer, Dorothy J. Hulst, replaced masculine terms from James Allen’s book to feminine words. This gave birth to ‘As a Woman Thinketh’ by Hulst. ‘The strong, calm woman is always loved and revered. She is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm’ is one line from her version.
Hulst considered Allen’s book one of her favorites, but she felt tired of the masculine terms and references, so she crossed them out, utilizing a pencil. Hulst’s version allows women, like herself, to connect directly and personally with Allen’s concept. Her version will be more appealing for you if you are a woman in sports.
“Your only limitation is the one which you set up in your own mind.”
Despite the title, the book has nothing to do with religion, rather, it is about life. Napoleon Hill revealed how fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy prevent you from realizing your personal goals.
Napoleon Hill is an author who shared his knowledge about personal achievement. This knowledge and achievement is something he has learned and experienced in his rich and varied life. Hill was a mentor, an inspiration, and a confidant to many Americans.
“There is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and the truth is this: you deserve all good things life has to offer,” Rhonda Byrne states in her self-help book that tackles the Law of Attraction.
Rhonda Byrne is the person behind the documentary film, The Secret, that changed and made an impact on a lot of individuals across the globe. The documentary consisted of interviews and testimonies from ‘successful’ individuals regarding Byrne’s secret. Byrne shares her life-changing insights and the understanding and mastery of the law of attraction.
An infinitesimal difference exists between being a good athlete and being a great one, a difference so tiny it’s easy to overlook. This book helps you jump that gap and take your game from ordinary to extraordinary. You can take your game to the highest level you can imagine—to the ultimate level—but first you must achieve a balance of inner Peace and external Power. In this book, former NFL running back Prince Daniels Jr. shares with you the path to unlocking your true potential as an athlete through the practice of mindfulness and meditation. He shows you that by applying these practices diligently, you can overcome all the noise and programming that keep you from attaining your goals.
When you cultivate not only your body but also your mind and spirit, your entire self functions as an integrated whole, allowing you to access “the zone”—where there is only the present moment and effortless action. When your spirit moves you, everything just seems to click. In this space of enhanced confidence and focus, you discover that anything is possible because you truly believe it to be. Why take your game to the next level when you can take it to the highest level? To the ultimate level?
The common ground of all these listed books is that it is all for the betterment of your life, they are all written and published to help you. They are all about you and how you can become better. Be the best woman or man both in sports, and most importantly, in life.