Take your professional game to the next level—in 100 seconds or less!
People with inborn talent may be good at what they do—but only the mentally tough reach the highest plateaus in their field. And here’s the best news of all: mental toughness is something anyone can learn.
Director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals and a top-tier executive coach, Dr. Jason Selk knows everything there is to know about developing the mental toughness required for achieving any goal you set for yourself. In fact, the techniques he outlines in this book are the same ones he used to help the Cardinals defeat the heavily favored Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series.
Inspired on the vision of legendary basketball coach John Wooden, Selk’s program is as simple as it is effective. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. You have to put effort into your drive to success; it’s the only way to build up your mental “muscles.” Selk provides hands-on daily exercises for breaking old, self-defeating patterns of behavior and replacing them with the can-do attitude and positive behavior that would make Coach Wooden proud.
Executive Toughness outlines the three fundamentals for attaining high-level success:
ACCOUNTABILITY - admit to mistakes, correct them, and, most important, learn from them
FOCUS - on your strengths, on winning, on reaching your goal . . . for only 100 seconds per day
OPTIMISM - don’t just believe you can succeed, know you can succeed
Executive Toughness takes you through the steps of making these critical behaviors part of your everyday routine. Practice your accountability, focus, and optimism, and you’ll be on the path to attaining your goals; make them part of your mental “DNA,” and there will be no turning back—ever.
A complete regimen from a leading expert on developing the mindset for attaining goals, Executive Toughness is your workout for ultimate success in your career and in your life.
©2012 McGraw-Hill (P)2012 McGraw-Hill Education
"... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^
I normally avoid (like a prose plague) ALL business, leadership, self-help, and strategy books, etc., because I find them universally to be poorly written and filled with an almost boundless and unbearable number of cliches, hyperbole, etc..
I was given this book by a co-worker and felt compelled to read it. I also felt a need to at least recognize my own deep cynicism and bias about the whole genre. Maybe, my fear/gag-reflex was misplaced. Perhaps, I had judged the whole genre by a couple really, really bad apples.
Nope. It was everything I feared. I knew it was bad when I was underlining the parts that made me laugh. I needed another pen for all the parts that made me squirm.
Here is an example from his chapter on scripts:
"Scripts can be equally useful to meet your nonword goals. For example, you may have a script like the following to use with one of your children when he or she is having a difficult day:
How about if you tell me what is going on, and I will promise to help. [Pause while listening to the problem.] I can understand why you are upset. Life is sometimes tough, isn't it? I know I have said it a thousand times, but I am going to say it again I love you. I think I can help. Let's see if we can come up with a couple of solutions to the problem -- anything that can make your situation a little bit better. I'll even go first: what do you think about [quick solution]? Your turn for the next one ..."
Seriously? My kids would eat me alive (devour me clothes and all) if I attempted to script them like that. I can't even imagine what my wife would do. The horror. The horror.
Anyway, I could go on and on, but I still gave it a two stars because there actually were a handful of useful strategies buried in there, but ye gads ... I had to wade through a tremendous amount of Orwellian-level mind slaughter to find those nuggets.
Most of this book is purely emotional intelligence topic or at least that what I felt. Yet, there is a distinctive touch of corporates orientation topics. I guess the best advise is if you've read many emotional intelligence books then this book won't add much to you. And vice versa, if like you emotional intelligence topics but not read much, then this book will be helpful to get you emotional intelligence knowledge plus corporate-oriented emotional intelligence.
I have read and listened to many books on personal development. This is one of the absolute best. The title really doesn't do the content justice. The information in this book is actionable, useful, and powerful.
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