Every once and a while, you come across a book that totally changes how you approach things. Lanny Bassham’s With Winning in Mind is one of those books for me. I first came across it while serving as a formal training instructor for nuclear operations, and it forever shaped my approach to training students.
Lanny Bassham is an American rifle competitor, who won a gold medal in 1976 and a silver in 1972. He credits the jump from silver to gold to a system he developed called mental management. The book we’re looking at today is the foundational piece of that. He’s been running a consulting and training company for decades built around this idea.
So what is mental management? Simply put, it’s the realization that winning involves your mind every bit as much as it does your physical skills. Mental management is a system for “programming” your mindset to operate more effectively under pressure. But that whole system is for a different article.
In this post, I want to look at the book itself. [Read Full Article »]