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177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class: The Thought Processes, Habits and Philosophies of the Great Ones Hardcover – June 23, 2010
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About the Author
Steve Siebold, CSP trains sales and management teams how to increase sales through his unique blend of mental toughness training. Salespeople learn how to control their thoughts, feelings, and attitudes before, during and after the sales presentation. Managers learn how become a mentally tough coach and leader with their sales representatives. Steve Siebold speaks from real world experience as a former professional athlete, national coach, and international businessman. He began studying Mental Toughness Training as a world-class junior tennis player in the 1970's. Steve's clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, to name a few; as well as thousands of direct salespeople in 10 countries worldwide. Steve has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, BBC Television Europe, NBC Australia, CBS, FOX, and dozens of other television, radio, newspapers and magazines around the globe. His books, video and audio programs have been sold in 30 countries around the world. Two of his four books on Mental Toughness are international best-sellers, and considered by many experts to be the gold standard in the field of psychological performance training for sales teams. As a professional speaker, Steve has been awarded the Certified Professional Speaker designation from the National Speakers Association. Steve ranks among the top 1% of income earners in the professional speaking industry worldwide. He is the author of 3 books: 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class / Coaching Mental Toughness / Die Fat or Get Tough. In December 2001, Steve was appointed to the National Charity Awards Committee, Chaired by President George W. Bush. Other committee members included Merv Griffin, Pat Boone, and Cheryl Ladd. Steve lives with his wife of 25 years, Dawn Andrews Siebold, in North Georgia on Lake Lanier in the summer and Palm Beach, Florida in the winter.
Top customer reviews
We already know that good performance coaching is just like eating healthy food. We have to be putting positive reassuring things into our lives on a daily basis because of all the negativity in our world. How well we perform is all based on our thoughts and what we can control. This book is more than just a book, but an inspiration to try and do better every single day. I love the reassuring principles that are in this, and I know that if you read every single day, that you will find the inspiration to improve each day one step at a time. A thousand miles is started with just one step. I definitely give this book and author a 5 star rating!
If anyone has any questions pertaining to my review of this book feel free to reach out to me. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is wanting to improve their life!
Pg. 60 secret #28: Champions are Comeback Artists: I enjoy how the author gives helpful tidbits on examples of people that have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps. The fact that he lists this lesson as perserverance on the physical plane, toughness on the mental plane, and artistry on the spiritual place is very inspiring.
pg. 114 secret #70: The Great Ones are Products of their Own Imagination: The author mentions who champions combine action with imagination. The action step is really fun as well (he encourages you to allow your imagination to run wild with ideas of your perfect life).
Pg. 155 secret #99: The Great Ones are Aware of their Limitless Potential: This statement really stood out for me because I watched a really fun movie called Limitless that starred Bradley Cooper less than two months ago. The "Limitless" movie illustrated the potential realities possible when unlimited potential is tapped into. This is similiar to the message that I believe that author is trying to send with this secret when he emphasizes that champions wake up one day and realize that their possibilities and potentials that symbolize the unlimited arena.
Pg. 193 secret #124: The World Class Believes in Self-Reliance: Steve mentions how the core of fullfillment comes from within yourself and that the world class learns to rely on themselves to get the answers from within.
Pg. 196 secret #126: Champions are Bold and Daring Visionaries: Mr. Siebold mentions why the importance of keeping on your vision. The recommended action step is also very exciting: He mentions a plan to make a commitment to create the ultimate vision for your life in the next 30 days, and he gives the eight life components as a guidepost. The eight life components is very enlightening for me because I have been frequently getting the feeling to implement my vision, and thanks to coming across secret #126 I now am aware the areas of my life that are beneficial for that vision (some of the helpful areas Steve recommends are faith/spiritual, social/cultural and personal development).
I am a naturally emotionally tough person, and yet this book gave me some insights on how to take my mental fortitude further. However, this book is beneficial for all levels of mental toughness.
self-help training manuals. The important point is application day in and day out.
"Champions know every problem has a logical solution (at best) or a practical strategy (at least)
which can make things a little better."
"Practice may not make perfect, but it does create consistency in performance."
MY OPINION: Perfect practice makes perfect. Imperfect practice might lead to bad habits.
Changing the language you use when talking to yourself or others [positive self-talk].
MY OPINION: This reminds me of some academic psychology research. People actually hold different attitudes when they think in English as opposed to when they think in Japanese.
"With their potential in front and their fear behind them, champions are able to move beyond the boundaries of competition and create what the masses believe is impossible."
MY OPINION:Introverts are not competitive (in general), so they need to have standards; whereas extroverts compare themselves to others (hence they are called competitive).
The book does hint that going after your dream might ruffle some feathers.
One thing I agree completely with the author on is that there is no such thing as security. All promises of security are a
shifting miasma to reduce the hard-won liberty of the citizen.
Also the author is not wrong about self-esteem either. Self-esteem comes from self-trust which is your track record with yourself.