New book teaches secrets of virtue and success in sports, business, life
BELMONT — Dr. William Thierfelder is a busy man.
He is president of Belmont Abbey College, and a husband and father of 10. He was a successful sports marketer and co-founder of a nationally-known sports medicine and physical rehabilitation institute. He is a former NCAA Division I coach, Olympian, national track and field champion, and a two-time All-American from the University of Maryland. Following his own winning athletic career, he worked as an Olympic and professional sports manager for NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL players. And as a licensed psychologist, he has become a popular motivational speaker on the theme of sports and faith.
Any one of those responsibilities could easily fill Thierfelder's days or exhaust him mentally, physically and spiritually.
But Thierfelder exudes a positive energy, with his warm smile and an air of confidence that comes from knowing his primary focus must stay on God.
So it may come as no surprise that this Benedictine college president and local Catholic leader "listened to the Holy Spirit" and carved out the time to write "Less Than A Minute to Go: The Secret to World-Class Performance in Sport, Business and Everyday Life."
In it Thierfelder shares the wisdom he has gained from his experiences in sports, business and daily life. He shares the techniques he's taught the world's best athletes, from Olympians to Super Bowl stars. He shows how to develop an unyielding focus. And he flags the false motivators which can lead to burn-out and inconsistent performance, and which derail too many dreams of success.
Legendary Duke University head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski wrote the forward for the book. In it he says, "My friend, Bill Thierfelder, a great leader and motivator, puts the words and descriptions to what we leaders try to do every day to challenge ourselves and our teams to be at our best, all the time."
In Part One, "Preparing your mind to win," Thierfelder explains the concept of play and how playing impacts our minds, our beliefs, our awareness and our words.
"Every human being plays," Thierfelder says. "When play becomes a selfish work, it is no longer play. Play is for its own sake and not some end. Like wisdom, also done for its own sake, play contemplates the highest things."
In Part Two, "Making peak performance a common occurrence," Thierfelder explains what peak performance is and how to recreate it consistently.
"If something is possible, then it is repeatable," he says.
In Part Three, "Playing with a passion that never ends," he describes the foundation upon which consistent peak performance and a happy life is built. Here Thierfelder helps the reader to understand and fully developing one's purpose in life.
"Performance at the highest level requires complete absorption in the present moment," he states. "The more detailed your focus, the more you bring 100 percent of your skills, talents and abilities, the more focused you are on the task at hand – that's as good as it gets.
"All of time is present to God. So to the degree I remain in the present moment is the degree I am in perfect union with God. That means when I am competing at the very highest level, I am in perfect union with God. It's not just cathedrals and beautiful art and other things that raise our eyes up and make us think about God. It's when we perform at the highest level that, in a sense, it gets us to think about God – that He created us in such a way that we can do such remarkable things."
— SueAnn Howell, senior reporter
"Less Than A Minute to Go: The Secret to World-Class Performance in Sport, Business and Everyday Life," published by St. Benedict Press, will debut Sept. 15. Orders can be placed on the St. Benedict Press website www.books.benedictpress.com or TAN Books website at www.tanbooks.com. All profits from sales of "Less Than a Minute to Go" will benefit Belmont Abbey College.
For more information or to view inspirational videos and listen to Thierfelder's podcasts, go to www.lessthanaminutetogo.com or check out the book's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LessThanAMinuteToGo1.