New Book Says Still Power is the New Will Power
With the summer 2012 Olympics starting in late July, a new book by Garret Kramer can help competing athletes around the world win through still power versus fighting with maintaining willpower. The book, "Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life" (Atria Books, 2012), exposes a new paradigm for performance, sports and otherwise.
Kramer, a longtime former collegiate ice hockey player and well known for helping hundreds of athletes and coaches bring the principles of mind, consciousness and thought into their games, has developed a process he calls stillpower. He defines stillpower as “The clarity of mind to live with freedom and ease; the inner source of excellence; the opposite of willpower.”
He goes on to write, “It was during the process of training, practicing, and interacting with teammates—and even opponents—where I uncovered a state of mind that allowed me to find success, no matter the circumstances I faced.”
Finding that state of mind is what the book is about. Kramer tells readers that improving skills through training and practice is fundamental to success and winning. Beyond the physical aspect of preparing for such success, there is a mental component that to date there is “no external mental tool, system or model that exists” to help with long term personal achievement.
Kramer takes the reader through ways to find an understanding that centers on one’s own inner wisdom and learning that one’s worth is not about the number of times a person wins, how much money one makes or the external approval of others. The book covers unbounded effort, willpower, insight resiliency, life beyond the scoreboard, state of mind versus behavior and the freedom to win.
The author writes in detail about what it means for an athlete to be in the zone, “that magical, timeless, peaceful place that spawns great play.” Kramer writes that the zone is an invisible thing, its more like a feeling and is hard to describe. He does write about what the zone is NOT. It’s not about intellect or trying hard. Being in the zone “there is no conscious effort or grind.”Continued on the next page