American Swim Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame Swim Coach Dennis Pursley shares his career collection of motivational talks and coaching lessons in this one-of-a-kind digital book called
"Every successful coach understands the importance of creating a positive training environment. Our thoughts, choices and decisions will be influenced by the environment around us.
A commitment to excellence is extremely difficult to sustain even under the best of circumstances. It be-comes almost impossible to sustain if we are surrounded by negative influences or by those who promote self-indulgence or mediocrity.
As much as we are able, we should immerse ourselves in an environment that is conducive to the pursuit of excellence. This means that we should choose our friends from among those who are striving to be the best they can be and who are willing to make the necessary commitment to achieve that goal.
It means that the books we read and our entertainment choices should be inspiring and challenging. Most importantly, we should challenge ourselves to “keep it positive” in all of our thoughts, words and actions. The closer we come to achieving this objective, the more likely we will be to achieve performance excellence."
– Dennis Pursley The Positive Choice, Chapter 1
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – THE POSITIVE CHOICE
Chapter 2 – PRIORITIES
Chapter 3 – COMMITMENT
Chapter 4 – RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY
Chapter 5 – EXPECT TO BE CHALLENGED
Chapter 6 – JUST FOR THE HECK OF IT!
Chapter 7 – SACRIFICE
Chapter 8 – PERSEVERANCE
Chapter 9 – LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Chapter 10 -THE “COMFORT ZONE” TRAP
Chapter 11 – SELF-RELIANCE AND ADAPTABILITY
Chapter 12 – WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
Chapter 13 – STEPPING DOWN TO THE BIG MEET
Chapter 14 – A BALANCED PERSPECTIVE
Chapter 15 – PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE
Chapter 16 – NO EXCUSES
Chapter 17 – MENTAL TOUGHNESS IS A HABIT
Chapter 18 – FINISHING STRONG
Chapter 19 – UNITY AND FOCUS
Chapter 20 – THE “TEAM FIRST” MINDSET
Chapter 21 – UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT
Chapter 22 – THE PACK MENTALITY
Chapter 23 – THE ISSUE OF WINNING
Chapter 24 – HONEST ANALYSIS
Chapter 25 – APPRECIATION
Chapter 26 – THE REAL VALUE IN WHAT WE DO
Chapter 27 – WE CAN ALL CONTRIBUTE
Chapter 28 – ATTRIBUTES OF A CHAMPION
About Dennis Pursley
During Dennis Pursley’s coaching tenure he has been a five time Olympic coach, a U.S. Olympic Committee “Coach Of The Year”, an American Swimming Coaches Association “Coach Of The Year”, an American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee and was recognized in 2003 as one of the “25 Most Influential People in the History of USA Swimming”. He has personally coached swimmers of both genders to world record performances and to the podium of the Olympic Games and/or the long course World Championships in all four strokes and both IMs.