Mental toughness is one of the most common terms used in sport – by athletes, coaches, spectators and the media. However, it is also one of the least understood terms. This book examines the characteristics and development of mentally tough sport performers, and presents the cutting-edge research in this area. Within these chapters, the author proposes that mental toughness is a personality style and mindset, and presents a compelling case for its inclusion within the positive psychological paradigm. This second edition has been updated to include new material on the characterisation, conceptualisation, measurement, and development of mental toughness. As in the first edition the book includes a historical overview of empirical research, and also describes the conceptual arguments behind this research. Now packed with even more rigorous scientific evidence and bang up-to-date anecdotes from the world of sport, the book presents a fascinating explanation of why some athletes are successful, and how and why they stay on top. Mental Toughness: The Mindset Behind Sporting Achievement will be essential reading for all sport psychology, sport science, sport studies, and coaching students.
Author: Dr. Rob Bell
Release Date: 2010-04-29
“Dr. Bell’s book does a terrific job at breaking down the tools you need and to practice to become a mentally tough competitor.” –John Dal Corobbo- 2009 Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year " Mental Toughness Training for Golf is an excellent resource for coaches and players of all levels. Dr. Bell has done an excellent job compiling diverse and practical philosophies with a proven track record of success. Mental toughness and effective training is the final frontier of coaching our sport." -O.D. Vincent- 1999 National Coach of the Year " Dr. Rob has developed a road map for success. He has helped me numerous times and is very insightful about what it takes for every player to reach their full potential." -Mark Guhne- Three Time Southern Conference Coach of the Year “The practice ideas and tournament mental processes that Dr. Rob Bell reveals in this book are incredibly valuable to a player, coach, or parent. A "must read,” for anyone looking to develop mental toughness.” –Randy Wylie- Golf Digest “Best Teachers in State” Mental Toughness Training for Golf illustrates how to maximize our preparation. In this cutting edge book, you'll learn how great coaches and players create pressure in practice, how to build a human taproot, why suffering is needed, and the don'ts of mental toughness.
Author: Robert Weinberg
Release Date: 2010-09-28
Genre: Business & Economics
In all facets of life, most people strive for success. This could mean getting a promotion to vice-president, making the high school basketball team, having your children grow up to be good citizens, or getting the family together for holidays. Many of the elements of success are likely to include recovering from failure, short and long-term goals, perseverance, focused concentration, coping with adversity and keeping confident despite obstacles. To be successful requires many of these attributes and some people might consider them to be ingredients of mental toughness. But what is mental toughness? Let’s look at the following examples and you can decide whether the person is mentally tough or not. A basketball player is injured and despite the fact that he may re-injure himself and hurt his long-term career, he decides to play in the championship game to help his teammates. A businesswoman is feeling really sick but she has a big presentation scheduled for today. Even though she might not be at her very best she “sucks it up” takes some medicine and goes into work to deliver her presentation. Are these examples of mental toughness or not? Would your conclusion be any different based on the outcome of the situation? For example would you say the businesswoman was mentally tough if she gave a great presentation but should have stayed home if, due to her illness, gave a poor presentation? These are difficult decisions, and people will typically come to different conclusions concerning what is mental toughness. In this book, I will provide evidence regarding the meaning of mental toughness. Its component will be broken down and tips for how to build mental toughness will be provided. So get started on the journey of understanding mental toughness and taking concrete steps to become more mentally tough.
Author: Dr. Timothy S. Wakefield
Release Date: 2008-10-14
Genre: Family & Relationships
It is often said that 80% of what happens to us in life is based upon how we think. Initially, I wrote this as a letter to read to our children when they graduated from high school. I thought of this bookas I was driving down the road, takingour childrenfrom practice to practice and game to game. After we got past "how was your day?" There were many times with periods of awkward silence. Neither one of us knew what to talk about.This was a very difficult time for me. I am used to speaking in front of large crowds, but at this point I did not know what to say to my 10 year-old son. What was wrong with me? I felt foolish. So I stepped back, and analyzed my life and the lives of the successful people around me. I decided to teach my children about the things that it took me 40+ years of listening to my family, friends, mentors, taking seminars, reading books, listening to the tapes/CDs, etc. to learn to achieve success and happiness. There are hundreds of self help books, CDs, DVDs and seminars for adults. Why not teach this to kids and young adults? So I started talking to our children about positive life experiences and ways to lead a positive, happy, successful, productive life. This is what this book is about, helpingus to understand the game of life. I wanted our children to have a reference when struggling with the game of life and this book was the result of those efforts. This is a reference book that we can use again and againthroughout our life. Together we can change the world by recognizing one positive experience at a time.
Author: Timothy S. Wakefield
Release Date: 2009-04-01
Genre: Family & Relationships
We train people in many areas of life but we seem to forget one critical area, training their heads. You give me a person that thinks he/she will succeed, and they probably will. This is a learned behavior. A person must be taught how to act/react in many different situations. This can be the difference between succeeding and not. People must be taught how to respond to such things as winning, loosing, failing forward, dealing with jealousy, refusing to lose, competitiveness, being coachable/teachable, goal setting, developing passion, perseverance, work ethic, dedication, etc. It is often said that 80% of life is between the ears. We currently focus on training the 20% that is mostly physical. This book is designed to give us the tools we need to begin training the 80%: the mental portion of life. Coupling the physical and the mental aspects of life will assist others in becoming the best they can be. This book is about training people to get the best out of their lives. Most importantly this book is designed to teach success skills that people can use for the rest of their lives and share with others. How will the people you care about learn these skills? By chance? In the back yard? If you don't teach them, who will? People have to be trained how to use these skills or they will never be able to use them. People cannot apply what they do not understand. Will you be the one to teach them the success skills they will use for the rest of their lives? If not you, who? If not now, when? What if nobody taught them? This book is a reference that many will use for the rest of their lives.
Author: Peter Clough
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
Release Date: 2012-02-03
Genre: Business & Economics
Mental toughness is about how effectively individuals respond when faced with stress, pressure and challenge. Understanding this concept is essential to improving performance for both the individual and the organization, and this book, one of the first in the field to take a look at mental toughness as a serious discipline, teaches you how to assess mental toughness in individuals and organizations to drive performance, improve your own ability to cope with stress and apply a range of techniques required to recognize, use and develop mental toughness effectively. Full of sample exercises and case studies, this book also features the Mental Toughness Questionnaire - a unique self-assessment tool to determine your mental toughness score and what this means. Tracing its development from sports psychology into the world of health, education and business, Developing Mental Toughness takes a deep look at mental toughness and its application at the organizational level.
Author: Laurence Miller
Publisher: Looseleaf Law Publications
Release Date: 2007-10-01
You've trained your body for the rigors of police work. Now train your mind! Let a respected police psychologist teach you: the foundational principles of effective stress management and crisis intervention; strategies and techniques for building the "psychological body armor" that will help you handle ordinary life stresses as well as life-and-death emergencies; and how to survive the emotional aftermath of a critical incident and get stronger.
Author: Douglas Comstock
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Release Date: 2018-10-23
Genre: Business & Economics
The Mental Toughness Advantage is an action-oriented, 5-step program to develop mental toughness and achieve your life goals. Mental toughness enables us to get up when we want to give up, but it's a skill that takes practice. To develop mental toughness for everyday life, The Mental Toughness Advantage offers a practical 5-step program to boost resilience and overcome every obstacle. From drafting a mission statement to executing it successfully day after day, this training program provides effective tools and strategies to apply mental toughness in your home, work, and recreational life. Complete with success stories from Navy SEALs, CEOs, and others, The Mental Toughness Advantage teaches you how to boldly advance towards success and meet your greatest potential. Mental toughness marks the difference between setting a goal and achieving it. Learn how to incorporate mental toughness in your everyday life with: An introduction that explains the qualities and benefits of mental toughness, and includes an exercise to assess your current level of mental toughness A 5-step program to identify your core values, create a mission statement, harness the power of positive thinking, learn to recover quickly from setbacks, and reach your goals with mental toughness Real stories that include everyday examples of mental toughness from successful CEOs like Elon Musk to Navy SEALs Soldiers, athletes, and entrepreneurs succeed in every situation by practicing mental toughness. Stand up from the sidelines and start achieving what you set out to do with The Mental Toughness Advantage.
INVINCIBLE is a treasure trove of time-tested techniques and skills for improving mental toughness in the street, battlefield and playing field. It teaches you how to unlock the true power of your mind and achieve success in activities that demand peak performance.
Invincible: Mental Toughness Techniques for the Street, Battlefield and Playing Field is ideal for:
High-risk professions such as law enforcement, military service, and private security
Survivalists and preppers
And many other activities requiring peak performance
FILLED WITH "REAL" MENTAL TOUGHNESS TECHNIQUES
Invincible is a life-changing book packed with practical strategies and proven techniques for mastering your mind, body and spirit! Unlike other mental toughness books, it doesn't bog you down with dry theories, mind-numbing case studies, confusing jargon or pointless anecdotal stories. Instead, it's written in simple, easily understood language, so you can immediately apply the mental toughness techniques and achieve personal success.
CONTROL YOUR MIND = CONTROL YOUR DESTINY!
In this easy to follow step-by-step program, world-renowned martial arts expert, Sammy Franco takes his 30+ years of research, training and teaching and gives you simple and practical techniques to develop mental toughness and achieve new levels of personal and professional success. In fact, these are the very same techniques that have helped thousands of Franco’s students excel and achieve their personal goals.
Learn how to acquire the ideal mindset for peak performance
Learn how to confront, perform and prevail fromextreme adversity
Maximize your performance with the complete mental toughness package
Learn how to achieve more success with less energy
Become a more confident and self-disciplined person
Learn how to develop laser-beam focus and concentration
Manage and control fear during stressful performance situations
Learn how to become more assertive and aggressive
Quickly overcome major obstacles and personal setbacks
Eliminate anxiety and negative thinking patterns during critical performance events
Pursue your goals and dreams with a renewed sense of energy and motivation
Overcome procrastination and inaction
Learn how to create and personalize your own mental toughness program
And much more
CONQUER ADVERSITY ONCE AND FOR ALL!
In this comprehensive mental toughness guide, you’ll also learn step-by-step strategies for dealing with the debilitating fear and anxiety often associated with high-performance situations. Invincible gives you the mental body armor necessary to cope, perform and prevail from all forms of extreme adversity. By studying and practicing the exercises in this book, you will feel a renewed sense of empowerment, enabling you to live life with greater self-confidence and personal freedom.
Author: Harvard Business Review
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
Release Date: 2017-12-19
Genre: Business & Economics
Come back from every setback a stronger and better leader If you read nothing else on mental toughness, read these ten articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your emotional strength and resilience--and to achieve high performance. This book will inspire you to: Thrive on pressure like an Olympic athlete Manage and overcome negative emotions by acknowledging them Plan short-term goals to achieve long-term aspirations Surround yourself with the people who will push you the hardest Use challenges to become a better leader Use creativity to move past trauma Understand the tools your mind uses to recover from setbacks. This collection of articles includes "How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better," by Graham Jones; "Crucibles of Leadership," by Warren G. Bennis and Robert J. Thomas; "Building Resilience," by Martin E.P. Seligman; "Cognitive Fitness," by Roderick Gilkey and Clint Kilts; "The Making of a Corporate Athlete," by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz; "Stress Can Be a Good Thing If You Know How to Use It," by Alla Crum and Thomas Crum; "How to Bounce Back from Adversity," by Joshua D. Margolis and Paul G. Stoltz; "Rebounding from Career Setbacks," by Mitchell Lee Marks, Philip Mirvis, and Ron Ashkenas; "Realizing What You're Made Of," by Glenn E. Mangurian; "Extreme Negotiations," by Jeff Weiss, Aram Donigian, and Jonathan Hughes; and "Post-Traumatic Growth and Building Resilience," by Martin Seligman and Sarah Green Carmichael.
Author: Steve Bull
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2010-02-12
Genre: Business & Economics
"Steve Bull is a true expert in his field. Anyone interested in winning will profit from his experience and knowledge." —Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff "Steve Bull’s ideas and techniques will equip anyone in business with a game plan for acquiring the winning edge." —From the Foreword by Michael Vaughan Mental toughness goes hand in hand with success and yet it is often misunderstood. True mental toughness is about preparation, resilience, control, risk management and above all execution. So, how do you utilise this elusive but critical attribute? By starting with a “game plan.” The Game Plan is about winning. More importantly, it’s about you winning. It’s about how you can create a personal performance environment that enables you to deliver at the crucial times. The Game Plan explores different types of mental toughness and examines how each one can give you the platform for significantly increased levels of self-confidence and resilience. Learn the easy-to-apply lessons that have created an environment of success for a host of world-beating performers in the business world and beyond. Imagine being able to apply a winning performance mindset to everyday work situations such as: Making presentations razor sharp Wowing new clients Being in control during performance appraisals Staying cool during even the most hectic and pressurized days Maintaining your self-belief even when things go wrong Making the right decision at the right time. Read and learn from The Game Plan and you will have at your fingertips a robust strategy to give you the edge over your closest competitors and the very best chance of success.
Champions, as the familiar adage preaches, are not born—they're made. Reaching the top of any sport, or any aspect of life, takes years upon years of dedication and proper preparation. But if there's a huge pool of individuals who have undertaken the same commitment and steps towards becoming the best, what truly separates the winners from everyone else? Joanna Zeiger believes proper mental preparation is the answer. The Champion Mindset is a much-needed and long overdue look into how to program a competitor's mind to achieve optimal success. Changing behaviors and ways of thinking are never easy, but the chapters in this book aim to simplify this process to make it manageable and achievable. This book is for every athlete—from the weekend warrior, who wants to complete in his or her first 5k running race, to those who have aspirations of one day becoming Olympians and world champions. The Champion Mindset is a compendium of Zeiger's own personal journey from struggling novice swimmer to Olympian and World Champion. Through steps including: Proper Goal Setting, Keeping it Fun, Building Your Team, Intention in Training, Improving Motivation, Promoting Self-Confidence, and Mind/Body Cohesion, among others, Zeiger uses her decades of personal experience, doctoral-level research, and professional success, to prepare readers to go all-in with their mental game.