Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance
Foreword: Andy Hill
Introduction: Mental Toughness: Potentially the Difference Between Life and Death
Foundation of Mental Toughness: What You Want and Who You Are
Chapter 1: Define Your Win: Determine your Purpose and Priorities
Chapter 2: Turn Up Your Thermostats, Heat Up Your Performance
Developing Executive Toughness Characteristic 1: Accountability
Chapter 3: The PROCESS of Achievement: The Goals that Really Work
Chapter 4: Prioritizing the Priorities: Schedule it or Forget it.
Chapter 5: Accountability Through Self-Evaluation: Learn to Look in the Mirror Everyday
Developing Executive Toughness Characteristic 2: Focus
Chapter 6: Preparation: Control Your Emotions, Control Your Performance
Chapter 7: Script Your Way to Focus: Always Say the Right Thing
Chapter 8: The Mental Workout: 1 Minute and 40 Seconds a Day Keeps Failure Away
Developing Executive Toughness Characteristic 3: Optimism
Chapter 9: Relentless Solution Focus: The Ultimate Measure of Mental Toughness
Chapter 10: Gable Discipline: The Biggest Loser vs. The Big Winner
Conclusion: The Minimum Requirements for Greatness
Take your professional game to the next level—in 100 seconds o r less!
People with inborn talent may be good at what they do—but only the mentally tough reach the highest plateaus in their field. And here’s the best news of all: mental toughness is something anyone can learn.
Director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals and a top-tier executive coach, Dr. Jason Selk knows everything there is to know about developing the mental toughness required for achieving any goal you set for yourself. In fact, the techniques he outlines in this book are the same ones he used to help the Cardinals defeat the heavily favored Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series.
Inspired on the vision of legendary basketball coach John Wooden, Selk’s program is as simple as it is effective. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. You have to put effort into your drive to success; it’s the only way to build up your mental “muscles.” Selk provides hands-on daily exercises for breaking old, self-defeating patterns of behavior and replacing them with the can-do attitude and positive behavior that would make Coach Wooden proud.
Executive Toughness outlines the three fundamentals for attaining high-level success:
ACCOUNTABILITY—admit to mistakes, correct them, and, most important, learn from them
FOCUS—on your strengths, on winning, on reaching your goal . . . for only 100 seconds per day
OPTIMISM—don’t just believe you can succeed, know you can succeed
Executive Toughness takes you through the steps of making these critical behaviors part of your everyday routine. Practice your accountability, focus, and optimism, and you’ll be on the path to attaining your goals; make them part of your mental “DNA,” and there will be no turning back—ever.
A complete regimen from a leading expert on developing the mindset for attaining goals, Executive Toughness is your workout for ultimate success in your career and in your life.