Let's talk sport ... and life

Jennings, K.E. (2000). Let’s talk sport…and life. Halfway House: Interdoc Consulting.

Let’s talk sport…and life is an absorbing story that tells of the fragility of life and the power of the human spirit. While it acknowledges the inevitability of the personal struggle that each one of us will need to go through before a spiritual awakening can occur, it offers a wisdom to guide your actions as you navigate through some of the chaotic processes of life.

Let’s talk sport…and life provides you with an exciting philosophy to enrich your life. The competitive values of elite sport and the co-operative, gentle concepts of tai chi are integrated to create a concentrated energy flow to enhance success.

As you engage the story, you will find yourself naturally adopting a reflective stance with regards to your own life. This will activate a self-exploration process as you begin to question some of your fundamental beliefs, perceptions and assumptions about sport and life. An unsettling process of un-learning and re-learning is likely to follow, culminating in the emergence of new insights.


Mind in Sport

Jennings, K.E. (1993). Mind in sport: Directing energy flow into success. Kenwyn: Juta.

This book examines the nature of mental preparation in sport from a holistic perspective. Utilising ecosystemic principles, leading sports psychologist Ken Jennings integrates his theoretical insights with practical sporting examples. Interviews with four of South Africa’s world class sportsmen – Jimmy Cook (cricket), Bruce Fordyce (ultra-marathon running), Brian Mitchell (boxing) and Jonty Rhodes (cricket) – illustrate key concepts of successful mental preparation.

The mental training suggested in this book moves beyond winning. Ken Jennings contends that an athlete should strive for mind-body oneness during activity. This will ensure greater possibilities for peak performance. The key to becoming inwardly motivated lies in ‘balance in thinking’ and in creative energy flow. Striving for quality in action lies at the core of a culture of excellence.

Rather than gearing his approach to any particular sport, Ken Jennings has looked at themes that are common to all sporting performances. The application of the key principles to other life contexts, such as working groups in business is also explored.

The book is aimed at the athlete, coach, parent or sports psychologist; however, any sports lover will find the concepts thought-provoking and challenging.