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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071786783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071786782
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Jason Selk is the bestselling author of 10-Minute Toughness, director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals, and an executive coach.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on 9 Feb. 2012
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I have dozens of books of this type. I ordered Selk's previous book, 10-Minute Toughness, without any enormous expectations, but I found it superb for anyone who has any kind of performance or sports career or events to aim for. Consequently, I bought this book as soon as I saw it was available, but with a slightly sinking heart, because of the title and the picture on it. I was concerned that it would simply be his first book re-written for American office workers.

However, Selk has taken his experience of working with people in sports and business and has produced a book which can easily be read and used by the general public. Most of the books in this genre either fall into the 'How to make billions of dollars and attract the partner of your dreams while asleep in your armchair dribbling slightly' (e.g. The Secret), or 'How to make your life so boring that you'll wish you'd cut your throat instead' (e.g. the works of Brian Tracy, bless him, and yes, I have read most of them and listened to the audio).

The revelation for me with both books, was the emphasis on process goals rather than product goals. Decide what you want (product), figure out what it'll take to get you there, take the actions (processes). Simple, obvious? Yes, however most other books focus on the product goals, i.e. the result you want, and then leave you hanging. Selk's aim is to get you doing the processes, in other words taking the necessary actions on a consistent basis. If you were setting out on a journey to a new place, deciding where you were going would probably be the easy bit. If you didn't plan your journey, buy the tickets, and make your connections on time, you'd be pretty unlikely to get there.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Desmond on 30 July 2012
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I would go further than the excellent and accurate review of 9th February 2012 and confirm that this is definitely the best book I have read on setting and achieving goals.

At the time of writing, the book has 19 five-star reviews out of 19 on Amazon.com. (This increased to 97 all-five-star reviews as at 6th April 2013.)

I found the following aspects of the book to be particularly helpful -

1) The emphasis throughout on focus and accountability

2) The guidance on defining one's own purpose in life and from this deriving product goals (to be achieved over 12-months) and daily process goals

3) The advice to concentrate on a limited number of goals (3 being the magic number)

4) Effective use of a daily planner

5) Tracking progress towards achieving goals and conducting a personal performance evaluation (including when the evaluation should be conducted)

6) Controlling your arousal state, in other words knowing when to speed up and when to slow down

7) Scripting for important conversations

8) The importance of daily rehearsal

9) How to relentlessly focus on solutions

10) Gable discipline: getting done what you have set your mind to do

11) The concept of discipline being a limited resource and the importance of choosing how to allocate that resource

12) Over-delivering on what you are capable of delivering.

The book contains no obvious weaknesses.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Monica M on 14 Nov. 2012
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It's probably the best self-help book I have ever read.

It contains incredibly useful techniques and they are delivered in a clear, to-the-point style, so you get the goods without having to go through lots of waffle.

Really, this book is so head and shoulder above the others, that it should have 7 stars, not merely five.

I felt compelled to write a review, even if I usually don't, because it is such a pity that it has only 2 reviews, this book should be more widely known.

As someone else pointed out, the "worst" thing about this book is the title and cover: this NOT a book for executives, or about the workplace, I am a stay-at-home mother, and this book as been a massive help to me.

I really, really don't think you'll regret buying this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2013
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I share Jason Selk's high regard for John Wooden, arguably the greatest college basketball coach ever but without any doubt one of the finest human beings who ever lived. In the Preface to this book, Selk recalls a time when he spent a couple hours with the coach of teams that won ten NCAA championships during his last twelve years at U.C.L.A. I also had the good fortune to meet Coach Wooden and can personally attest to his compelling decency. All of the teams he coached throughout his career played with the same mental discipline that he did when he was an "All American" in high school and then at Purdue. I have read all the books written by and about Coach Wooden and do not recall a single reference to "winning" or "losing," nor do any of those who played on his teams.

The "executive toughness" to which the title of Selk's book refers is essentially the same strength found in peak performers in all other human activities. But as Coach Wooden would be the first to add, human greatness also involves strength of spirit and, even more essentially, strength of character. This is what Jack Dempsey once had in mind when observing that champions "get up when they can't." and it was what Bob Jones had in mind when calling a two-stroke penalty on himself while competing in the U.S. Open golf championship. He eventually finished second, losing the title by one stroke. Someone pointed out that no one near him at the time (including his caddy, several officials, and hundreds of spectators) saw the violation. He replied, "I did.
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