I got the chance to get an early copy of the book Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life by Garret Kramer, and I have to say that I enjoyed it. It was not my favorite book, but I think it is worth reading for athletes and coaches on the chance that they are able to glean one or two insights from the book that will really help them out.
The book talks all about recognizing appivapp that motivation is internal, whether it is in sports or in life, and we cannot seek external motivations. If we do that, it will be fleeting, and we will soon find ourselves performing worse. If we look to things happening to us as getting us down or up, we are not relying enough on the internal factors of performance.
Kramer gives many examples of parents, coaches, and athletes coming to him with problems, and some of the ways that he helped to solve them and the advice that he gave them. These were some of my favorite parts of the books, because it helped to see how the things Kramer was writing about could really be applied to real life. At times it felt like Kramer was just talking about things with no practical application to life, or at least, no way to try to make it appy to my own life, and these did help to understand.
One thing I did not like about the book, was that at times the advice given was very general and did not seem extremely practical. For example, he says that if a win or loss is affecting your mood you are simply not viewing it in the right away, and that because your motivation should be internal, those types of things should not affect your life or your mood. While that is true, there was no real practical way to do that in your own life, it seemed. He gave the advice for how you should view things, but not how to get from point A to point B.
Is Stillpower worth the read? It depends. If you are an athlete or coach, I think you could get something out of this, because obviously even one insight that improves your performance will make it worthwhile. In addition, it is a quick and easy read, which should make it a relatively easy book to get through. Overall, I did like Stillpower and would recommend it. But I did not love it.