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The Edge of Glory - The Athlete's Inside Guide to Greatness by Nick GancitanoThe Edge of Glory is based on renowned coach Nick Gancitano’s philosophy, “Every thought and action is an investment.” This book highlights vital keys to long-term success for athletes, coaches and businesspeople, including the secret “off-switch to the mind” that instantly catapults you in to The Zone, where the leaders in every category of life reside.

Contrary to what we’ve been taught, the key success lies not in hard work but the proper use of imagination, focusing thoughts only on what we want. You’ll learn how to effectively stop the mind, eliminate confusion, and replace unwanted thoughts with vivid mental pictures to assure your success in sports and life. This book also reveals why team unity triumphs over “superstars” every time. In the process, it shatters the false belief that success requires years of playing under elite coaches, revealing that true genius arises from passion and trusting one’s own inner coach.

Free Guided Meditation for Edge of Glory Readers:
Right-click here to download the Audio mp3 referenced in Chapter 3: “The Target Never Moves If Your Mind Is Still.”
After the download is complete, drag the mp3 file into iTunes or open it with your music player of choice.

Free Sample Chapter [PDF]:
Right-click here to download Chapter 30: “Every Thought and Action Is An Investment.”

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Media Coverage

The New York Times

January 3, 2013 — The first day the kicking instructor Nick Gancitano worked with a skinny teenager named Blair Walsh on a high school field near Walsh’s home in Boca Raton, Fla., Gancitano noticed something that set the young prospect apart from others…

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Peter King on CNN-Sports Illustrated

January 7, 2013 — Hard to imagine a kicker having a better season — ever. Walsh averaged 3.4 touchbacks per game, missed three of 38 field goal tries all season, and converted all 10 of his kicks from 50 yards and out. And there’s this: From 48 yards and beyond, he was 12 of 12. Arguably, he’s had the best seasons by a kicker ever, if you take the touchbacks and long-range perfection into account. It’s little secret why. “I think guys are starting earlier and getting training for it earlier,” said Walsh, from Boca Raton, Fla., by way of the University of Georgia.

In his case, Walsh burned out on soccer — he was in the highly competitive Olympic Development Program — by the time he was beginning high school, and as a sophomore, he got a football kicking coach, former Penn State kicker Nick Gancitano. His coach believed in training the body through practice and the mind through meditation…

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The Palm Beach Post

January 3, 2013 — Boca Raton native Blair Walsh makes big impact as rookie kicker with Minnesota Vikings…

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October 5, 2011 — Knowing it probably wouldn’t hurt to have an extra set of eyes, Georgia kicker Blair Walsh called in the best set he knew to help figure out his recent issues — Nick Gancitano.

One of the country’s foremost kicking gurus, “The Nick Gancitano Kicking Academy” has tutored approximately four dozen kickers on the major college level including 13 All-Americans…

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