The Confident Mind: A Battle-Tested Guide to Unshakable Performance (Hardcover)
Believe and be unshakable.
The Director of West Point’s influential Performance Psychology Program shares the secrets of mental toughness and self-belief in this definitive guide to mastering confidence, the key to performance in any field.
Dr. Nate Zinsser has spent his career training the minds of the U.S. Military Academy’s cadets as they prepare to lead and perform when the stakes are the very highest—on the battlefield. Alongside this work, he has coached world-class athletes including a Super Bowl MVP, numerous Olympic medalists, professional ballerinas, NHL All-Stars, and college All-Americans, teaching them to overcome pressure and succeed on the biggest stages.
Dr. Zinsser has come to understand that one single trait above all others makes peak performance possible: confidence, or the belief in oneself. Whether your mission involves leading a platoon into combat, returning an opponent’s serve, or delivering a sales pitch to a roomful of skeptical prospects, you perform best when you are so certain about your abilities that your flow of fear, doubts, and confusion slows to the barest minimum. What’s more, Dr. Zinsser has come to understand that confidence is a skill that can be taught, improved, and applied by anyone to enhance nearly every aspect of our lives and careers.
Now, for the first time, Dr. Zinsser distills his research and years of experience, offering a fascinating guide to the science of confidence and providing readers with a practical, step-by-step program to best harness their belief in themselves to achieve success in any field. The Confident Mind is a complete guide to confidence: how to understand it, how to build it, how to protect it, and how to rely upon it when your performance matters most.
Nathaniel Zinsser, Ph.D., is the Director of the Performance Psychology Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the most comprehensive mental training program in the country. Dr. Zinsser has been the sport psychology mentor for two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning of the New York Giants for eleven seasons and mentored members of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers for twelve seasons. He has been a keynote speaker for Staples, UBS, Salomon Smith Barney, Reader’s Digest, and the Federal Executive Institute, as well as a consultant for the FBI Academy, the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (mentoring four Olympic medalists), U.S. Army Recruiting Command, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, and the Fire Department of New York. He earned his Ph.D. in sport psychology from the University of Virginia and his senior black belt rank from Shotokan Karate of America.
“Studying confidence with Nate Zinsser brought me to the next level in my football career and helped me win two Super Bowls. People talk all the time about how a confident attitude is what makes people succeed in pressure situations, but rarely does anyone actually do anything about it. Here is your chance: I recommend The Confident Mind to competitors everywhere, no matter what sport or what ‘game’ they play.” — Eli Manning, Two-time Super Bowl MVP
"Few humans know more about how to stay motivated under less-than-ideal conditions than Nate Zinsser, author of The Confident Mind. He runs the performance psychology program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he seeks to imbue cadets with the mental and emotional fortitude to stay positive through a grueling four-year program and ensuing military deployments." — Bloomberg Businessweek
"To succeed at any challenging venture—in business, sports, art, music, writing, or any other sphere—you need to have confidence in yourself. But many of us find confidence to be a fickle trait that vanishes when we encounter unexpected adversity or spells of bad luck. In The Confident Mind, Nate Zinsser shares practical, proven methods that will allow you to develop and maintain reliable self-confidence even when the world seems to be conspiring against you. His methods aren’t fairy dust: They require commitment, effort, and ongoing practice. But they really work." — Jon Krakauer, #1 bestselling author of Into Thin Air
“No performer can enter the arena and win without first achieving victory over the internal enemies of self-doubt, fear, and uncertainty. In The Confident Mind, Nate Zinsser provides specific techniques and advice for achieving the state of mind you need to perform right when you need it most." — Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art
“Confidence is the key that unlocks every player’s and every person’s potential. You won’t find a better, more helpful book on confidence anywhere than Nate Zinsser’s The Confident Mind.” — Dr. Bob Rotella, author of How Champions Think
“The Confident Mind is a must read for all those who ‘perform’ in their chosen field. Dr. Nate Zinsser shares constructive and practical insights to empower the reader through stories and science to claim the confidence we each have within ourselves. This book will resonate with anyone who dares to dream.” — Margaret Tracey, Director, Boston Ballet School; former Principal Ballerina, New York City Ballet
“Dr. Zinsser’s advice is the foundation for success at every level. I hope every soldier, sailor, airman and marine reads The Confident Mind and puts these crucial principles into action.” — General Robert Brooks Brown (U.S. Army, Retired), former commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific
“While training for the Olympic bobsled team, I had to win the battle in my head before I was ever going to beat anyone on the ice. Doc Z helped me do just that, making me a better athlete, coach, husband, and father. The Confident Mind will show you how to prepare your mind for competition and life.” — Michael Kohn, USA Olympic Men’s and Women’s Bobsled Teams Head Coach and 2002 Olympic medalist