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Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life Paperback – December 27, 2016
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San Francisco Book Review, 6/24/16
Positive, upbeat actionable, attainable entertaining and readable...Put into practice, the skills outlined in this book can be life-changing, and get you to the level of performance you crave.”
About the Author
Tom Bartow applied many of the concepts he learned from his best friend John Wooden, the famed basketball coach at UCLA, to create an advanced training program at Edward Jones for high-level advisors. Edward Jones's advanced training program is still considered best in class throughout the nation.
Matthew Rudy has authored or coauthored twenty-three golf, business, and travel books, including titles with Hank Haney, Dr. Michael Lardon, Dave Stockton, and Johnny Miller. He lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
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This book discusses eight simple, concrete concepts:
• Organize Tomorrow Today
• Choose Wisely
• Maximize your Time endorsed
• Build and Break Your Habits
• Evaluate Correctly
• Learn How to Talk to Yourself
• Learn How to Talk With Others
• Become Abnormal
But of those eight, “The ‘law’ of human channel capacity pretty much dictates that three of these ideas will successfully be incorporated into [your] improvement strategy.”
In a summary at the end of each chapter, the authors invite readers to reflect on what they’ve just read. It’s an interesting way to advocate working on this particular concept.
If you can only work on one to three things at a time, which concepts are likely to provide desired professional advancement?
• The Big Why seeks to provide the impetus for taking on this challenge. What will you gain if you master this concept?
• The Inversion Test is an effort to get readers to see the other side this concept. What will you lose out on if you don’t master this concept?
• Act Now is like having run out of excuses, then hearing the coach say, “This is where you start.” If you choose to work on mastery of this concept, these are first steps.
Thoughts won’t change anything but acting on them will. This book maps out the program for you.
1. The authors are coaches for athletes in their mental game. So just about every example in this book is about how [xxx] sports player broke through some mental or performance barrier by applying [yyy] strategy. I'm not exactly a sports fan, so these examples, while informative, didn't really resonate for me. They take the analogy even farther, the book even has a half-time, etc. Fun for some, but just not my cup of tea.
2. The book reads like a set of plans. There are interesting strategies (and I really like their advice for picking ONE thing and making it a habit before moving on), but overall the book lacks the timelessness / deeper purpose of Covey, Maxwell, Welch, or a long list of well known business-self-help authors.
Did I get something out of the book? Absolutely? Would I recommend it? Maybe, after you've picked over the classics in this segment. There are many.
There are 8 strategies presented for improving your results, to be worked on one at a time (the authors caution over and over not to try to work on more than one at a time, no matter how smart you are). If there is something to complain about, it is that the book is aimed primarily at salespeople, and also uses a lot of sports examples. I know the reason is that those areas are where the authors have the most experience and expertise. Still, it would be nice to see examples of how non-sales executives have implemented the strategies. So I am taking one star off for that.
Still, overall a great book that will have a positive impact on your life, and I highly recommend it.