Fight Your Fear and Win
(E-Book)

4.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

$19.00

We’ve all been there: that make-it-or-break-it moment of our careers—on the brink of a deal, poised at the starting gate, under the spotlight waiting to speak or perform in front of our peers. At this point, where everything seems to be on the line, most of us experience one overriding reaction-fear-and this fear can have negative physical, mental, and emotional consequences on how well we do our job.

Don Greene, Ph.D., a renowned sports psychologist, teacher at the Juilliard School, and “stress” coach to top executives and entertainers, has spent decades studying fear and its effect on performance. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Greene shares the proven techniques he has used with Olympic athletes, Grand Prix drivers, the Vail Ski School, Golf Digest Schools, the New World Symphony, and Merrill Lynch traders to help them perform their best under pressure.

“Renowned performance coach Don Greene, Ph.D., leads readers on a strategic, goal-reaching mission in this compact, powerful, and often fascinating handbook. A former Airborne Ranger and Green Beret, Greene believes fear is only conquered by action–not by lying on a therapist's couch. To that end, he urges readers to assess their current skills (by taking a relatively simple survey provided in the book), pinpoint their weaker performance tendencies, then “embark on a training regimen” to flex seven specific fear-conquering muscles: determination, energy, perspective, courage, focus, poise, and resilience.”
–Liane Thomas

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Fight Your Fear and Win begins with a self-assessment performance survey that will allow you to pinpoint your own reactions to stress: how you handle distractions, how you are affected by nervousness, your mental outlook, your response to fear, and your ability to bounce back from failure. After completing this self-assessment, the book takes you through the seven essential skills required for optimal performance:

  1. Determination
  2. Energy
  3. Perspective
  4. Courage
  5. Focus
  6. Poise
  7. Resilience

Interspersed with true stories from Greene’s wide variety of experiences training everyone from the San Diego S.W.A.T. team to singers at the Metropolitan Opera, each chapter includes a series of mental and physical exercises that will help you track your progress. This simple twenty-one-day plan will make a profound difference in the way you approach challenging situations, and allow you to think more clearly and creatively under pressure. Whether you are giving a closing argument in a courtroom, making a presentation at work, auditioning for a role, or stepping up to the first tee, Fight Your Fear and Win is the ultimate tool to conquering your fear and achieving success when you need it most.

9 reviews for Fight Your Fear and Win
(E-Book)

  1. 4 out of 5

    “Renowned performance coach Don Greene, Ph.D., leads readers on a strategic, goal-reaching mission in this compact, powerful, and often fascinating handbook. A former Airborne Ranger and Green Beret (among a long list of other impressive credentials), Greene believes fear is only conquered by action–not by lying on a therapist’s couch. To that end, he urges readers to assess their current skills (by taking a relatively simple survey provided in the book), pinpoint their weaker performance tendencies, then “embark on a training regimen” to flex seven specific fear-conquering muscles: determination, energy, perspective, courage, focus, poise, and resilience.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    “Greene uses each chapter to tell a story or two about a client–ranging from Olympic athletes to professional musicians to SWAT teams–whose fear scenarios provide a steppingstone for analyzing the seven skills mentioned above (determination, etc). He then quite eloquently describes how fear attempts to thwart each particular skill, and offers clear methods for retaliating (“centering down” to counteract ineffective nervous energy, or using anger constructively to develop resilience). The eight appendices outline his three-week prescription for mastering each skill, plus the key for scoring the skills survey. While his occasional military references and sports analogies offer glimpses into his commando training and sports psychology background, Greene never comes off as a stony General nor as a hyped cheerleader. Rather, his graceful writing style is rich with humor, candor, and valuable information. Forgivably cocky at times (“Nobody in the world has done as much as I have to bring out people’s best”), Greene simply knows his stuff and–to the reader’s benefit–presents it beautifully.” –Liane Thomas

  3. 4 out of 5

    “Practical, straight forward advice on how to get around yourself and the things that hold you back in life. Have benefited greatly from just reading different sections as needed. Would highly recommend!”

  4. 4 out of 5

    “A lot of self-help books have just the opposite effect than is intended: You feel so overwhelmed, so daunted by the work in front of you, you want to just hide or lie down. Not this one! Here’s advice you’ll enjoy reading and can’t wait to put into practice–and you’ll see results immediately. Greene is inspirational without sounding mushy; he’s insightful without sounding like a shrink; and despite his military background, his tone is anything but drill sergeant–he’s actually funny. I usually hate spending $20 on a hardcover, but this is the least expensive and most effective “therapy” I’ve ever gotten.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    “Thank you, Dr. Greene, for giving me an easy to follow, step by step program for overcoming my fears when facing life’s most critical moments. I used the online survey… to identify the areas that were the most troublesome for me. What a help it was to then use the chapters in the book that addressed these areas so I could begin improving them. Once I began using the recommended strategies, everything looked less frightening and I began noticing positive changes both at work and in my personal life. As I’m continuing to improve my ability to center and take risks, it’s becoming easier to tap into my own inner strength and courage. My confidence is growing and I find myself approaching otherwise daunting tasks with a new attitude. I believe that this book will help other women do the same.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    “As a human being, at some point in your life you will need a book like this to help you fight your deepest fears whether it may be speaking up for yourself at work, performance anxiety or maybe you are just stuck in an anxious/fearful state and need help to change your situation.

    This is one of the most effective and empowering books I have ever read. A great book on overcoming life’s obstacles and accomplishing your goals and dreams. Very well written and very easy to read with just enough real life stories to motivate you into action.

    I was really inspired by the sections under chapter 7 on Resilience: “Training th Fighter Within”, “How to Hang Tough” and “Mental Toughness”. This book is great for people who feel they have lost control of their lives and want to regain a feeling of empowerment. Remember it isn’t how many times you have been knocked down but how many times you get back up that counts! Buy the Book!”

  7. 4 out of 5

    “This may be the most straightforward, practical, effective self-empowerment book I have ever read. Well-written, logically presented and downright revelatory! If you have any interest at all in significantly increasing your ability to perform at an optimal level in every conceivable situation, I give this book the strongest possible recommendation.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    “Ok, where was this book when I was getting creamed on my piano auditions for undergraduate conservatory? I definitely could have used this advice then. Jobseekers looking to ace a single interview or manage their energy and emotions better across the duration of their search will also benefit. Don Greene’s Fight Your Fear and Win has relevant and fascinating examples from sports, arts, business, and the public sector. Covering seven key skills to perform at your best, it is a must read for long-term strategies and quick tips you can apply immediately to improve your peak performance.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    “As a professional actor I have searched the dusky shelves of libraries across the states studying the written record of the craft of acting… and there are thousands of books offering endless advice about how to cultivate one’s performance skills. The books are often esoteric and require some strange practices bordering on the mystical. From lying on the floor doing primal screams to over-analyzing the script as if it were a lab animal as opposed to a wild thing… these books always begin with promise and then lead me further and further into a labyrinth of confusion. Finally, I have found the book which contains a precise yet playful process which addresses the fundamental concerns of acting. Don Greene’s book presents a technique for Mastery. As human beings we are constantly learning new skills and we rarely ask ourselves about how we learn. Don Greene gives a clear and practical account of how to cultivate not just ‘skill,’ but rather, the skill of developing skill, the mother of all skills. Prior to working with this material, I would come off stage after a good performance and have no idea how I entered into a creative state. Vice/versa, sometimes I would give a bad performance and despair that I couldn’t act. I felt like I was at the whim of some unseen forces, the ‘theatre gods’ perhaps. Now I am discovering that my creativity is entirely within my control. I create my own states of creativity or blockage based on how I process the information coming to me all the time. How I interpret this information is largely responsible for the quality of my experience of life and how I perform in my own life. Whether I am performing Hamlet, dealing with an agent, auditioning, or enjoying liesure time at home, I find the new skills I am cultivating from Don Greene’s book to be of immense value. Although the book is always scientific, precise, and practical, it suggests a profound transformation in the way we view what is possible for human beings. It challenges us to push the limits of the known and discover the vast resources within ourselves. Furthermore, Don’s free online performance test helped me see clearly what my strengths and weaknesses were and thereby, focus my efforts on those particular skills which would improve my performance as effectively, efficiently, and economically as possible.”

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