Inside Out: Train Your Mind and Your Nerve Like a Champion

  • 3h 54m
  • Charlie Unwin
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • 2022

“Brilliantly illustrates how your mind really can triumph over matter.” Frankie Dettori MBE, Champion Jockey

In any high-pressure environment, from special operations to the operating theatre, you can divide people into two groups – those whose performance is controlled from the outside in and those who control their performance from the inside out.

Inside Out is about your ability to achieve incredible things on the outside by paying attention to what’s on the inside. In his first ever book, Charlie Unwin shares unparalleled insight into the minds and inner workings of the world’s most accomplished performers, including double Olympic champions, special forces soldiers, fighter pilots, surgeons, barristers, chefs, musicians and financial traders.

Combining his unique experience as a performance psychologist with a blend of cutting-edge science and conventional wisdom, Charlie takes you on a journey through the three dimensions that shape your inner world – the Thinking Dimension, the Feeling Dimension and the Intuitive Dimension.

In doing so, he turns the complexities of neuroscience, stress adaptation and cognitive performance into simple and effective training principles that you can use in your everyday quest for excellence. Inside Out will give you the confidence to do more and go further with what you already have.

“Anyone interested in exploring their own performance potential is going to benefit immensely from this book.” DS, former SAS Squadron Commander

About the Author

A former platoon commander on the front line in Iraq, where he led counter-insurgency operations and helped to train the Basra police force, Charlie is also a former athlete who represented Great Britain at modern pentathlon. That military and sporting background shaped his academic foundation in psychology and his research into the performance mindset.

Charlie is now a world-leading performance psychologist, with his clients including City traders, lawyers and architects, as well as freestyle skiers, Olympic equestrian riders, racing drivers and fighter pilots in 'Top Gun' F-16 jets. Charlie was also instrumental in Lizzy Yarnold becoming Britain's most successful ever Winter Olympian, winning two gold medals in skeleton, perhaps the most extreme sport on Earth, with sliders whooshing head-first down an ice-chute at 90mph.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Attitude—changing the Way You Think About Success
  • Talent—A Blessing or a Curse?
  • Failure—The Victories Within Defeat
  • Focus—Thinking Under Pressure
  • Belief—It’s All in the Head
  • Identity—The Story You Tell Yourself About Yourself
  • Learning—Improve Faster Than Your Opponents
  • Repetition—Practice Makes Permanent
  • Connections—Build Your Mental Blueprint
  • Feedback—Make More of Every Experience
  • Resonance—Turn a Downward Spiral Into an Upward Spiral
  • Intensity—Keeping it Together When the Stakes are High
  • Limits—Sustaining Performance on the Edge
  • Performance Anxiety—Living With Fear and Expectation
  • Challenge—Finding an Alternative to Fight-or-Flight
  • Emotions—Know Your Feelings, Know Your Performance
  • Phase 1—Training Coherent States
  • Phase 2—Expanding Your Comfort Zone
  • Intuition—Being Guided by Your Subconscious
  • Judgement—Training and Listening to Your Intuition
  • Feel—Training Your Physical Intuition
  • Flow—The Elusive State of Peak Performance
  • Final Thoughts—Applying Inside Out to Your World
  • References