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Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently Paperback – January 19, 2016
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“If you want to get more out of your work and life, it starts with your mind. Read Mind Gym for proven techniques to be your best and unleash your highest potential.” (Stephen M. R. Covey, #1 bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and coauthor of Smart Trust)
“Mind Gym is a mind gem. Indeed, it is a treasure trove of sparkling and actionable insights into human thinking. A true winner.” (Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence)
“This fascinating book will help you be your best and unlock your peak potential!” (Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and global bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There)
“Mind Gym gets it. Their short ‘workouts’ are just the right size to change the way you think. Their message sticks!” (Regis Courtemanche, Director, Learning & Development, BuzzFeed)
“It’s helped over one million people overcome challenges at work and home…and now it can help you. Mind Gym is must read for anyone looking to better themselves and their career.” (Tom Ziglar, President/CEO, Ziglar, Inc.)
From the Back Cover
Transform Your Personal and Work Life by Changing the Way You Think
Running out of time? Feeling misunderstood? Stuck in a rut? Do you feel like you are not getting enough of what you truly want? You are not alone. The pressure to succeed at work and in our personal lives is stronger today than ever.
Sebastian Bailey and Octavius Black believe that to thrive in our busy world, your mind needs to work at its full potential. But unless you train it, your mind stays on autopilot, stuck in unhealthy thought patterns that lead to self-sabotaging habits and behaviors—like unwittingly talking in ways that damage your relationships or working in unproductive ways. Just as you exercise your body to stay in shape, you have to exercise your mind to get the most out of it.
Motivated to help people change their mental default settings, Bailey and Black cofounded Mind Gym, the world's fastest-growing human performance business. Since then, Mind Gym has changed the way over one million people choose to think through mental workouts delivered at companies such as Google, Microsoft, BuzzFeed, MetLife, and PepsiCo. In this hands-on book, Bailey and Black present the best of these workouts, helping you tackle the most common challenges at work and home:
- How to win people around to your point of view
- How to repair broken relationships
- How to get more done and have spare time
- How to adopt a positive mindset
- How to solve problems that once seemed intractable
- How to be less stressed and have more energy
Brimming with insight, proven to work, and immensely practical, Mind Gym is the essential fitness program of the mind that will help you be your best every day and manifest your highest potential.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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LONGER REVIEW: I must say I was a little skeptical at the beginning, particularly given the sub-title "achieving more by thinking differently". The world needs no additional "how to get ahead" books (particularly ones where focus is "how to get MORE for ME"). HOWEVER, the discoveries along the way (including the authors' background and mission) changed this early perception.
The book is written by founders of Mind Gym, a U.K.- and U.S.-based consulting firm which has developed a variety of products for professional development. These products (ranging from video modules to conferences) are based on decades of published research in clinical and business psychology. Some concepts will likely be new but you will undoubtedly recognize themes made popular by authors ranging from Zig Ziglar and Steven Covey to T. A. Harris (author of "I'm Ok, You're Ok published in1969). Where Mind Gym is intended to differ, however, is by providing not only the "what" we need to do to grow, but the "why" we act as we do now and the "how" to think differently and change.
The book is divided into several stand-alone sections covering a variety of topics including mindset, communication, creativity, and conflict. These sections may be read sequentially or can be studied individually should the reader want to jump to specific area of interest.
I was immediately enlightened in "Flip the Switch on Automatic Thinking" by the authors' demonstration of how our "internal dialogue" impacts the outcome of what we do. "Think Like an Attentive Optimist" changed my assumptions about the power optimism and pessimism. I was surprised in "Detoxifying Relationships" by identifying with the "poisons" we often reach for in communication. Most profound was the discomfort I felt reading about the roles of 'persecutor', 'rescuer' or 'victim' I play in my relationships. As difficult as it was to read, I realized acknowledging it is essential for my growth.
Finally, there are exercises at the end of each chapter that demonstrate how to put the information into practice on a daily basis. These are excellent ways to make the content "hands-on".
As I read Mind Gym I repeatedly thought about it's utility as a tool for personal development AND it's potential as a "textbook" for a leader or mentor to use to guide the development of a young (or young-at-heart) team. Once you read it you'll be compelled to check out the Mind Gym organization's website (http://us.themindgym.com/home/) and realize the book just scratches the surface of the resources available.