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10-Minute Toughness: The Mental Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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From the Back Cover
No psychobabble, no self-help clichés, no touchy-feely theories. Whether you're striving to get ahead in business or sports, 10-Minute Toughness is the simple and effective mental-training program to help you make the most of what you've got and give you the extra push you need to go the distance. You'll find the competitive edge you have been looking for in this power-packed guide.
Sport psychology consultant Jason Selk offers his potent three-step program to getting focused and staying on target, using just ten minutes of practice per day. He explains exactly what to do and how to do it, coaching you step by step as you learn how to:
- Develop a specifically tailored mental workout to increase ability and consistency under pressure
- Clear mental clutter and improve your competitive focus
- Systematically enhance your work ethic
- Use an effective goal-setting program to achieve solid results daily
- Create a relentless solution-focused approach to overcome any obstacle
Selk has provided unbeatable mental coaching for numerous All-Star professional baseball players, Pro Bowl football players, Hall of Fame coaches, Olympic gold medalists, and other elite athletes, along with the corporate teams of many Fortune 500 companies. He even motivated the St. Louis Cardinals to victory in the 2006 World Series. Now, in 10-Minute Toughness, he makes his scientifically proven routines widely available for the first time. Packed with practical tools, tips, exercises, and activities, it is your complete guide for taking control of your success and beating your opponents-before the competition even gets going.
About the Author
Jason Selk is the director of sport psychology for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is also the director and owner of Enhanced Performance Inc., which can be found on the Web at www.enhancedperformanceinc.com. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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If we want to optimize our lives and actualize our potentials, we MUST get our minds strong! This book is a *great* look at how to go about doing that. It's a quick-reading, engaging look at Jason Selk's practical, 10-minute plan to mental toughness.
As Jason said, "The 10-Minute Toughness program is simply about identifying and utilizing a handful of mental tools that are proven to help people perform more consistently."
Here are my top 5 Big Ideas for the book:
1. 10-Minute Workout - A quick look at the basics.
2. 6 + 2 + 7 = A magic formula.
3. Thought Replacement - Swap out the - for a +. Every time.
4. MT Goal Goodness - Seven key ideas.
5. Be Solution Focused - Relentless.
Remember our key question: "What is the one thing I can do that could make this better?" Always (!) be relentlessly solution focused. And NEVER give up. Ever.
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I believe this is a good tool to have but one needs to have a thorough understanding of their emotional states and how these impact performance despite the rational/logical side of the brains' rationale. In the end, imho, it is the subconscious that directs our behaviors and potential performance. Only by making peace and accepting who we are and what activates the various emotional states will we be able to live and function in spite the maladaptive behaviors we bring to the table.
I read this book after a six year long study of performance psychology texts and interviews. I read the books Overachievement, Mental Toughness, and With Winning in Mind. These are all excellent books, but they only really graze the surface of what you really need to know and do. Emphasis should be placed on "do," because this is really where you learn what you need to know anyway. Any book can tell you to only focus on controlling what you can control (and stop worrying about what you cannot control, such as the score, the weather, the opponent's still level, etc). But few books teach you how to determine what you can control and how to create performance specific goals so you can continuously improve yourself in the areas of highest importance.
The best part about this book is its explanation of product goals and process goals. It explains the "paradox of product goals" which is only hinted at in other books (if it isn't missed completely). In my opinion this is the conceptual crux of this book, for it teaches you how to focus on process goals but do regular assessments of product goals to see if you're heading in the right direction. No other book I've read on self-help or psychology gets you up to speed with this, let alone so rapidly and precisely.
I loved 10-Minute Toughness and love how the author designed it for use. If you read it a couple of times, follow Jason's directions, and DO the 10 minute program every single day, you WILL notice the difference. And it will be a big one.
In the few weeks since using it, I've achieved two goals that I wasn't sure I had the capability to achieve: a 1 hour 46 minute half marathon, and a sub 23 minute 5km. It might not be that impressive to a real athlete, but they represent huge improvements in my recreational running. And I'm setting bigger goals than I ever thought I would, in my 40s.
One of the biggest ways that 10-MT helped me achieve these goals was to take my mind OFF the goals themselves (after defining them) and focusing instead on the way I need to perform to achieve them. So instead of starting a race thinking "I will cross the line in under 1 hour 50 minutes" I'm thinking "shoulders are soft, centre is strong, legs and light and quick". 10-MT has been making my training and races much more enjoyable and much more gratifying.
The best book I've read so far (of about half a dozen) on achieving personal excellence.
The power is in his systemizing existing knowledge, and he does it well. The first half of the book is considerably stronger than the 2nd half.
All in all recommended, almost gave this 4 stars.