50 minutes | Feb 21, 2021

409: The PAR Approach for Optimum Performance with Dr. Joe Parent, Mental Game Expert and International Bestselling Author of Zen Golf

“The little things… The little moments…They aren’t little.” John Kabat Zinn

The things that make me different are the things that make me.” Winnie the Poo

“You can’t know for certain if it’s a bad round until the round’s over. Let go of the poor result you had on the last hole and you have a lot better chance of enjoying the hole you’re playing now.” Dr. Joseph Parent

Today’s guest is Dr. Joe Parent who is an expert in Performance Psychology and Applied Mindfulness working with athletes, actors, artists, and executives. His books have sold more than one million copies. In the field of athletic performance, he has the singular distinction of coaching both a man (Vijay Singh) and a woman (Cristie Kerr) to #1 in the World Golf Ranking. Golf Digest magazine honored Dr. Parent in their list of “Top Mental Game Experts” in the world.

​​Dr. Joe’s international best-seller, Zen Golf: Mastermind the Mental Game, introduced mindfulness as the foundation for excellence in golf and has sold more than a half-million copies. Reviews call it “highly original and exciting, a book that has become a classic. In my list of top golf books of all time.”


Other popular golf books authored by Dr. Parent include, Zen Golf: The Art of the Mental Game, and How to Make Every Putt. He has also written Zen Tennis: Playing in the Zone and his book, The Best Diet Book Ever: The Zen of Losing Weight, is a meta-diet of mindfulness and habit change includes powerful tools for changing your relationship to food and eating.

Dr. Parent's most recent work is A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear named Pooh. This Disney Editions publication is introducing Dr. Parent’s unique Values-Based Mindfulness teachings to a new generation.

In this episode, Dr. Joe and Dr. Cindra discuss

  • His PAR System of Continuous Improvement
  • What he see the best in the world doing
  • How mindfulness is a state of being and a practice
  • How your mind can be like a time machine and what to do about it
  • His NINJA System of Behavior Change
  • Why you need to give up control to get control


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