Baltzell ’87 Writes Guide to Becoming a Better Performer

Amy Baltzell '87

Amy Baltzell ’87 is the author of Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life (Fitness Information Technology), an inspiring guide to getting ready for life’s big performances. The author integrates the best of the new field of positive psychology with the essentials of sport psychology.

Every chapter contains practical, effective reflective exercises that will help readers rise to the challenge of performing at their best when it counts. The book is divided into three parts: The Building Blocks of a Champion Approach, Preparing for Performance and Competition, and The Day of Performance.

Readers will learn how to strengthen their experience of daily fulfillment and concurrently make the most of the big moments when they occur. Top athletes and musicians, and the author herself, who was an Olympian and an America’s Cup sailor, share experiences about the issues they have faced under pressure as performers.

Baltzell directs the sport psychology program and is a professor in the School of Education at Boston University. She was inducted into Wesleyan’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: