I have discussed the importance of having confidence when it comes to taking the court and wanting to perform your best. A question I get a lot is what are the best books for gaining more confidence in sports.
Because while confidence is great for basketball, having a mental edge is necessary for all sports.
So, without further ado, here are the best books for gaining and keeping a mental edge on the court.
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Zen Athlete: The Secrets to Achieving Your Highest Potential
By Matthew Belair
Zen Athlete is number one on this list because I think it is the one book that you will definitely want on your bookshelf, whether it is an actual bookshelf, or a virtual bookshelf.
I love this book because you don’t have to be a professional athlete. You just have to be someone who is looking to get better at any sport at any level.
Belair breaks everything down into easy to understand layman’s terms, such as setting positive triggers, having good nutrition, and setting reasonable goals.
If you’re looking to get started in increasing your confidence level in sports, then Zen Athlete is a great place to start.
Work On Your Game: Use the Pro Athlete Mindset to Dominate Your Game in Business, Sports, and Life
By Dre Baldwin
If you are looking for a book that goes deep into mental conditioning, then Work On Your Game by Dre Baldwin is the way to go.
Not only does it go deep, but it does it in a way that is easy to understand, using verbage that doesn’t require a PhD to understand.
Baldwin’s experiences as a collegiate and professional basketball player are big influences in the book, which is great for those of you on this site because you want to increase your vertical jump.
However, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from the mental conditioning concepts that he lays out.
Baldwin challenges the reader to take a look at your own life and/or game, and use his concepts in your daily life.
I like this book because it doesn’t tell you exactly what to do, but it helps you find your own path, because everyone’s path is different.
When you are looking for the best books for gaining more confidence in sports and more, then Work On Your Game is a great way to go.
Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything (Sports for the Soul) Volume 3
By Darrin Donnelly
The Relentless Optimism series by Darrin Donnelly is a set of novels that examine what it means to go through life with a positive attitude even when things don’t look good.
I chose this particular book to put on the list because it specifically deals with overcoming dashed dreams and hopes.
Even if you are not a sports fan, you will still be inspired by the book’s theme of keeping pessimistic thoughts out of your head. Maintaining a good outlook on life can have dramatically positive effects.
Even better is if you are a fan of baseball, as this book uses baseball as its source of inspiration.
Life as Sport: What Top Athletes Can Teach You about How to Win in Life
By Dr. Jonathan Fader
When it comes to learning how to be the best, what better way than to learn from the pros?
Life as a Sport attempts to do just that. Sports allows us to watch elite athletes reach peak performance. However, when it comes to the top leagues in the world, everyone is a great athlete. Many times, the difference is the mental game.
Dr. Fader is a sports psychologist, and in Life as a Sport he shares the skills that he teaches to his professional athlete clients.
But you won’t just learn how to be better at your sport. You’ll be able to apply these skills and learn how to excel at all aspects of your life.
If you are someone like me who finds ways to apply sports to all aspects of my life, then you will love what this book teaches.
How to Be Better At Basketball in 21 days: The Ultimate Guide to Drastically Improving Your Basketball Shooting, Passing and Dribbling Skills (Basketball in Black&White)
By James Wilson
Vertical-training.com is dedicated to helping you become a better jumper and a better basketball player in general.
How to be Better at Basketball in 21 Days hopes to do the same thing. Whether you struggle with the mental side of the game or little things like crossing over or making the clutch shot, this book will help you out quickly.
Like anything, including jumping higher, as seen in our jumping series, you need to put in the work in order to get better. With the 21 day program from this book, you get different drills and exercises for each day.
It’s what you probably wish your coach had been teaching you all these years.
The book also has lots of diagrams, so for those of you that are visual learners, you will get more out of this book than others you may have tried in the past.
For the price, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better overall book to help develop your physical and mental basketball game.
These Are Just Some Of The Best Books For Gaining More Confidence In Sports
These five books are a great start to finding books that will help you overcome confidence and mental issues on the court, field, or diamond.
There are plenty of others. There’s just only so much time in the day to get to all of them!
I hope these work out for you and you can improve your game and mental toughness!