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Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance

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Take your professional game to the next level--in 100 seconds o r 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
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published November 24th 2011 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published November 3rd 2011)
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Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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Many (possibly the vast majority) of business books are not really ‘books’ in the sense that they are intended to be read for the sake of their ideas, let alone their prose.


If they are read, it is so that their maxims can be repeated to others within the firm, demonstrating loyalty. They are books only in the sense that they are physical book-like objects. Really, they are objects of ritual exchange. And business authors are less idea-crafters than hierophants, dedicated to helping senior manag
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Coaches
I'm not a fan of the title... it's really a book for *anyone* interested in personal growth. It is easy to read, and contains many of the tools I recognize to have been effective in my own life and business.

It puts a great collection of self improvement tools into a step-by-step, actionable plan.

As a result, I will be making improvements to how I do my own coaching and mentoring.

I'd recommend this book to all coaches -- whether they help clients transform in their business, personal development,
Mighty Rasing
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here's a good book on performance and mental toughness, which complements well what I've been reading on deliberate practice and the importance of self-discipline. Jason Selk also provides some tools and concrete strategies to help the reader practice mental toughness. He gave good examples to illustrate the ideas in his book.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Several points stick to my mind:
1) identify your IAS
2) script what you need to be said
3) relentless solution based.. never easily give up
4) your purpose and priorities
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, just to get it out of the way, this book suffers from a poor title; clearly Selk was trying to tap into the giant CEO / leadership / "toughness" paper mill that exists out there -- I think it is misleading and might make some folks discount the utility and seriousness of the book. This book is for anyone trying to either improve or optimize their performance; if you have a goal (or maybe even lack goals), this book can help you, I'm sure.

But, moving on...

I was interested in this book bec
Adrian Predoi
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The definition of success differs from person to person. The path to what we desire and envision as success is not an easy endeavour. It takes mental thoughness and discipline to shape yourself into becoming the sucessful person you seek to be. The book will provide you with a clear process for how you can get to those end milestones that define your success.

It is then up to you to follow the ‘Yellow brick road’. :)
Lajika Elpitiya
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be very useful.
The concepts Dr Selk covers are not complicated, they’re pretty logical and straight forward, but so far I have seen a spike in productivity in both personal life and career wise. Only reason I gave it 4 stars was because some examples were more theoretical and some chapters did drag out longer than they should’ve. That being said, it was an overall great book to read and would recommend.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stay-at-home order seemed like a good excuse for some introspection and, contrary to the impression the cover might give, this book was a great guide for goal setting and priorities regardless of whether you're in the work force. Great exercises and insights.
Jess Kang
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Accountability, focus and optimism. This book reinforces my learning in NLP.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
idea of process goals is key
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Sep 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Mental toughness is something anyone can learn. And the mentally tough will do the best in their careers, reaching the top. In this book, Selk presents techniques to achieve any goal you might set for yourself. It is simple and effective, not necessarily easy. You have to put in the effort to gain success. The three fundamentals he discusses are: accountability, focus, and optimism. Self is an author and a mental trainer for the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Leadership within the walls of an organization is the same as coaching on the field.. The difference is the ground. This is a superb translation of leadership message from the field to the desk.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Not much new here. A few good quotes but I had to wade through pages of boring corporate stories.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Got bored and stopped reading at page 50. Nothing new as far as self help, visualizing and motivating goes.
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“Mental toughness is the ability to focus on and execute solutions, especially in the face of adversity.

Greatness rarely happens on accident. If you want to achieve excellence, you will have to act like you really want it. How? Quite simply: by dedicating time and energy into consistently doing what needs to be done.

Excuses are the antithesis of accountability.

Important decisions aren’t supposed to be easy, but don’t let that stop you from making them.

When it comes to decisions, decide to always decide.

The second we stop growing, we start dying. Stagnation easily morphs into laziness, and once a person stops trying to grow and improve, he or she is nothing more than mediocre.

Develop the no-excuse mentality.

Do not let anything interrupt those tasks that are most critical for growth in the important areas of your life. Find a way, no matter what, to prioritize your daily process goals, even when you have a viable excuse to justify not doing it.

“If you don’t evaluate yourself, how in the heck are you ever going to know what you are doing well and what you need to improve?

Those who are most successful evaluate themselves daily. Daily evaluation is the key to daily success, and daily success is the key to success in life.

If you want to achieve greatness, push yourself to the limits of your potential by continuously looking for improvements.

Within 60 seconds, replace all problem-focused thought with solution-focused thinking.

When people focus on problems, their problems actually grow and reproduce. When you train your mind to focus on solutions, guess what expands?

Talking about your problems will lead to more problems, not to solutions. If you want solutions, start thinking and talking about your solutions.

Believe that every problem, no matter how large, has at the very least a +1 solution, you will find it easier to stay on the solution side of the chalkboard.

When you set your mind to do something, find a way to get it done…no matter what!

If you come up short on your discipline, keep fighting, kicking, and scratching to improve. Find the nearest mirror and look yourself in the eye while you tell yourself, “There is no excuse, and this will not happen again.” Get outside help if needed, but never, ever give up on being disciplined.

Greatness will not magically appear in your life without significant accountability, focus, and optimism on your part. Are you ready to commit fully to turning your potential into a leadership performance that will propel you to greatness.

Mental toughness is understanding that the only true obstacles in life are self-imposed. You always have the choice to stay down or rise above. In truth, the only real obstacles to your ultimate success will come from within yourself and fall into one of the following three categories: apathy, laziness and fear.

Laziness breeds more laziness. When you start the day by sleeping past the alarm or cutting corners in the morning, you’re more likely to continue that slothful attitude later in the day.”
“The real key is to develop two or three process goals for each of your product goals.” 1 likes
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