The Bookshelf – Finding Your Zone by Michael Lardon, M.D.

Have you ever wondered what the elite coaches read each month?

My friend, Dr. Paul Schempp, at the Sport Instruction Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia, recently polled the top expert coaches in their sport and asked them to send in the most influential reads in their lives. This list is amazing and with each blog I will personally share with you a book from the shelf of the great coaches and teachers of all time.

Finding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life,  by Michael Lardon, M.D., foreword by David Leadbetter; Publisher:  Perigee Books, June 2008

From Shawn:  I had the opportunity to walk 18 holes with Dr. Lardon at the finals of PGA Tour Qualifying (PGA West, LaQuinta, CA).  He is one of the most dynamic sports psychiatrists I have ever met.  He has worked with many well-known PGA, NFL, and Olympic athletes and is often interviewed by various national media, including CNN, Sports Illustrated Magazine, and USA Today.  Currently, he is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego.  Visit his website at

Finding Your Zone offers insight and advice to help people perform their best…it’s the essence of what any true champion follows.”
Eric Heiden, five-time Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater

“Dr. Lardon has pinpointed all of the tools necessary to construct an effective mind-set.  Never before have I read a more accurate summation of what it takes to win within.”
Nate Kaeding, NFL Pro Bowl kicker, San Diego Chargers

Finding Your Zone provides an invaluable resource for all of us: players, coaches, and managers, at every level of competition.”
Buddy Black, manager, San Diego Padres