There are many different aspects that go into achieving success. Talent will always play a part in it, however it is not as significant as you may think.
As the famous quote states “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
The human brain is the most powerful tool you can possibly possess. Are you training and using your brain to its full potential? These seven books will help you achieve the peak performance you’ll need to compete, today and in the future.
Newton declared, “Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.”
In other words, if you are flying in the International Space Station and toss an apple out the window (come on, use your imagination), it will keep going in that same direction forever, unless something stops it (like a planet, gravity or alien life form).
Although Newton was talking about physics, little did he know he was also describing life.
People tend to move in the same direction as they always have unless some external force is applied. I don't know about you, but I don't want my life to be lived in a straight line. I want to change, to improve, to crush it.
A book is a powerful external force that can completely knock your life off its mundane straight line and change everything about who you are.
Mental toughness is staying strong in the face of struggle. It’s the ability to stay focused regardless of the hurdles that come your way. Now the question is how do we attain this so called mental toughness? This is where books on mental toughness comes into play. Like anything else in life, the more you work at something, the better you get at it. By reading books on developing mental toughness or mental strength you will be in a better position to reach new heights in whatever endeavours you are perusing.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
The book has a lot of great information that is as applicable to managers at high growth companies as it is to parents. The key takeaway for me is that highly capable people tend to be risk-avoiders because they are afraid of failure. They get so used to being praised for their achievements that they end up not pushing themselves to their full potential for fear of looking dumb. As a parent (or a manager), the book recommends praising effort, not accomplishment, and creating an environment that encourages risk-taking and celebrates failure.
The Art of Mental Training: A Guide to Performance Excellence
From the offset it is very clear that the author of this book is passionate about his writing. The Art of Mental Training shows us all the different methods and techniques we can use to eliminate the negative mentality that is constantly going through our minds, and push our mind into a state of focus. This book is packed with advice and tips that can be implemented. So if you need to know how to be mentally strong then you should definitely consider this book.
Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level
This book has the potential to change your life, it’s useful for anyone who wishes to develop themselves in a positive way. This book has exercises and few visual examples that talk about techniques you can use to improve both your inner and outer performance. When it comes to mental toughness books, this book is certainly a must read.
The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive
Success isn’t simply about raw ability, the mental side of the equation is just as important. The author Jim Afremow understands this and has filled this book with great advice, perspectives and lessons. This book is a must read for coaches and athletes of all ages who want to improve their performance in any sport. But do keep in mind you don’t have to necessarily be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of this book, the lessons on personal development and mental toughness can be transferred into any other aspect of your life.
What to Say When you talk To Yourself
This book is a classic and is one of the best in the field of self-help. What this book tries to do is to teach us that our thoughts define who we are. The book is packed full of different methods that can be used to eliminate unwanted and unhelpful thinking patterns, and to replace those thoughts with ones that will lead us towards success.
Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance
This book teaches us that developing mental toughness will not only make us good at what we do, but it can also help us reach new heights in our field. The author, Dr Jason Selk, is a “mental toughness” coach and he uses his vast knowledge and experience to teach and engage us in this book. The principles taught in this book have an abundance of value and will certainly help anyone who wants to achieve their personal goals in life.
Thinking, Fast and Slow
This book is amazing. It helps to understand the difference between the way you make quick decisions, versus considered decisions—it takes different mechanisms in the brain. Understanding which you're doing at any given time can have a profound impact on what you ultimately decide.
Please realize that the list above is completely subjective. I can only evaluate these books based on how I have experienced them. When it comes to philosophy just as much as spirituality, our first glances at ancient truths will hit us harder than our third or our fifty-third. There are books I’ve read recently which I think are nice, but they haven’t made the same emotional impact on me as they perhaps would have if I’d read them years ago. For that reason, this list is less a reflection of the books’ value as it is a reflection of my own personal relationship with each book (and my relationship with the time and place I read it). Take this with a huge grain of salt.
By reading books on mental toughness, you can develop yourself to become more resilient, emotionally. Having mental strength will push you to go further and harder. It will also keep your confidence high when things aren’t going all that well. Here are 5 books on mental toughness that will help you.