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The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion's 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life Paperback – April 14, 2015
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"Racing through thick and thin around the world, Trav's positive outlook was second to none, and it played a big role in top finishes for our professional adventure racing team. The actionable concepts in this book are very relevant to life beyond racing."Robyn Benincasa, world champion adventure racer and New York Times bestselling author of How Winning Works
"Immediately tangible and relevant, The Ultra Mindset uses engaging stories and clear advice to crystallize mindset principles for business and sports. I have enjoyed the results of applying these ideas to my own professional endeavors, and I'm confident you will too. Fun, motivational, actionablethat's The Ultra Mindset."Jack Swift, partner and managing director for Northern Lights Capital Group, elite mountain bike racer, and former West Point varsity runner and Army Ranger
"As my endurance coach, Travis was THE reason I was able to recently complete my first ultramarathon. Travis is a regular guy who does amazing things simply by practicing what he preaches, and I guarantee this book will change your life."Charles Martelli, parent, sales professional, and amateur athlete
"Travis coached me to victory in the 2014 Leadman Series, so I know firsthand that his mindset principles are actionable and helpful not only in my athletic endeavors but also in my business and personal life."Bob Africa, kidrobot CEO and Leadman Champion
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Included in 13 Running Books You Should Be Reading Right Now.”
The book really exists to help people live more fully and reach their full potential.”
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"An inspiring read."
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"Macy's stories keep the pages turning as you forge your own winning outlook for success in business, sports, and life."
An inspiring read”
Mountain Bike Tales, 4/1/15
Super motivating regardless of whether you're into sports or not, this book has very practical insight it was a great read.”
About the Author
On Facebook (Travis Macy and Macy Endurance Coaching)
John Hanc is the author of thirteen books, including the award-winning memoirs The Coolest Race on Earth and Not Dead Yet (with Phil Southerland). Hanc is also a contributing editor for Runner's World magazine, a contributing writer for Newsday, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Smithsonian.com. His writing covers a wide range of topics, but it usually has this in common: It's about people, past and present, who do extraordinary things.
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I enjoyed reading of his harrowing adventures and extremely difficult challenges that he was able to navigate successfully through a combination of fitness, determination and mental toughness.
I really liked the format of this book: Lessons learned from endurance event competitions that are applied to “regular” life and business. No matter your circumstances, the 8 principles articulated in The Ultra Mindset are practical and actionable solutions that can be applied to everyday life – a very real world orientation.
In particular, “The 4:30 a.m. Rule” resonated with me. This is all about making a commitment, setting forth the tasks that need to be acted upon in order to fulfill the commitment and then getting it done. I believe this is a fundamental trait of every successful person – whether in personal life, business, athletic competition, or whatever. Clearly Mr. Macy has this ability, which he writes was instilled in him early on by his father, also an accomplished endurance athlete.
Something all of us “normal” folks can take comfort from is the author’s admission of self-doubt that creeps in one’s mind at all the wrong times and how he used this as a motivator, not a reason to throw in the towel. How he was able to recognize the tendency to rationalize why quitting is a good thing. And then using this as a mantra to not quit, to persevere, to achieve. Mr. Macy put it best, he began to focus on the “why” not the “what” to get through to the next stage.
A lesson for all of us.
This is a wonderful story of adventure, grit, perseverance, mental toughness, and focus on achieving commitments. It is now required reading for all of my managers and employees.
I hope there is a The Ultra Mindset Part II in the works. If so, I'm placing my order now.
I've been surprised at how often the lessons from The Ultra Mindset have suddenly popped into my own head, just when I needed them. While going out for a trail run the other day, my inner voice started telling me to slow down and take it easy, since I wasn't feeling 100%. But quickly another voice joined the conversation, drawing from Mindset 1, and chanting "It's all good mental training." My attitude quickly shifted from trying to weasel out early, into pushing harder, and running 50% longer than I had planned.
Being a working father of two, the lessons about time management from this book really struck a chord with me. Particularly Mindset 6: "The 4:30 a.m Rule". Sometimes having a full day of work, exercise, and quality time with the family means committing to waking up obscenely early to get things done. Before reading this book, I would often talk myself out of it right after my alarm went off. But now I've got another mantra to counter that voice--"you've already committed ahead of time, so there's no choice to make" and I spring out of bed, ready to face the day.
As I enter a new chapter of my professional life, I've battled with "Impostor Syndrome," worrying that "I don't belong here - I don't deserve this." And when I found myself flip-flopping between the choice of sticking with my safe well-known position, or accepting something much more challenging and full of unknowns, Mindset 4 "Have an ego and use it" helped push me over the edge. I was able to summon strength from my ego instead of being afraid of it, and confidently march forward into the unknown.
The most amazing thing is that I never once had to try to recall these lessons, or force my mind into Ultra Mindset mode. These stories and lessons have become part of my inner narrative. I've never said with all seriousness before that a book has changed my life, until now.
Travis has learned -- literally and figuratively -- life is an uphill climb, but there's no better feeling than when you reach the summit. Am I a world-champion athlete? No. Does "The Ultra Mindset" provide a roadmap to be better and more capable in my daily life? Yes, and in all kinds of ways.
Excellent read. I highly recommend it!