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Mental Strength: Condition Your Mind Achieve Your Goals

Mental Strength: Condition Your Mind Achieve Your Goals [Kindle Edition]

Iain Abernethy
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Many people have dreams they would like to realise and things about their lives that they would like to change. However, relatively few people have the mental strength to break outside their comfort zone and to take the steps needed. Fear, self-doubt, lack of confidence, or simply being overawed by the tasks ahead can stop you achieving your true potential. There is nothing we cannot achieve and nothing we cannot become if we have the mental strength needed to reach our goals. Mental Strength gives clear, encouraging guidance on how to develop a strong and powerful mind, grow your talents, become the person you want to be, and live the life you want to live.

About the Author

Iain Abernethy is a professional writer and renowned martial arts instructor. He has been involved in the martial arts since childhood and currently holds the rank of 5th dan in Karate. Iain regularly writes for a number of magazines and is the author of over fifty published articles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 25 Aug 2005
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This book outlines how you can gain the necessary mental resolve and determination to overcome any of life's challenges. If you've read personal development books before some of the themes will be familiar - chapters cover such topics as the nature of mental resistance, quality of thought, taking the right action, developing consistency and talent as well as getting focused and learning how to think differently.
What sets Mental Strength apart from other similar books? For a start it is written in plain English. It's not full of psychobabble or dodgy new age techniques.
More importantly the author is not a guru - he's an ordinary guy who has achieved his dreams and is writing from experience. The methods illustrated in the book are proven. There are plenty of Iain's personal anecdotes (both martial arts and other situations) along the way to show how each idea is used in real life. Indeed on a number of occasions throughout the book I thought to myself "Hey, that sounds exactly like me!"
Mental Strength is written in a non patronising style. The tone of the book is more like chatting to a good mate down the pub than listening to some overpaid "expert".
Achieving goals isn't just about sitting there doing your affirmations. You have to get up and take action. Your first task after deciding what you want to do is to overcome resistance and develop your mental strength to proceed. Iain Abernethy's book shows you how and should be an essential addition to your collection. The lessons to be learned in the book are applicable both inside and outside the dojo. A great read.
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I was searching for books about concentration and this one came up from Amazon. Had it not been displayed as an Amazon recommendation I probably would never have found it. So big tick to Amazon.
Right. Now to reviewing the book. It gives me great pleasure to review such a book. I only like to give praise these days to books where I've field tested the information.
While its true there is a main theme running through the book about 'Mental Resistance', it needs to be there. Also a tool or philosophy can be applied across many areas so the Author is revealing that to us.

If you've ever felt 'stuck' even though you really want to power into your newly defined goals, then by understanding 'fully' what is meant by mental resistance, might help you gain momentum.

Iain explains mental strength as the ability to make things happen.

Mental Resistance are the forces that slow you down, make you freeze, run a mile, or exert a tremendous force. He mentions his 3 'f's Flight, Fight, or Freeze. Each one serves a purpose and most definitely served a purpose with Ancient Man.

A physical force can make you stronger. Weight-training is one of the best analogies to explain this. A weight is lifted for a maximum of 10 lifts. Eventually more lifts can be achieved as the muscles adapt. At a given point its worth increasing the weight to bring it back down to 8 lifts, depending on the end goal. In this case increased strength is the goal.

The feeling of apprehension, procrastination, fear, fogginess, etc, summed up as an internal resistance to a given project or task, is our mental resistance.

Iain suggests that we can read these feelings and determine whether there is the correct amount of 'mental resistance' to increase our mental strength.
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A few pages in, I read a sentence describing the nature of adversity and achievement in a context which I found new and profoundly insightful. I like being entertained by new ideas but this was different it took my deep-seated preconception of conflict and casually shifted the perspective. Your mileage may vary; I'm still finding applications for it!

Where a previous reviewer has said "you should know all this already" and he is perhaps right, we should; everyone's lives are different and the course of mine meant I didn't know it already. So how could I acquire it?

In passively trying to cure myself of self-defeatism I have read a lot of books, visited a life coach and had weekly counselling. I've tried a lot of approaches and become a better person for it. However, something was still missing.

I've had some great mentors. I've admired but never understood their focus and motivation; often it seems they weren't aware of how they gained that skill - so couldn't teach it. This book precisely examines just that - obtaining focus and motivation and refining what we want our lives to mean.

Before reading this book the best definitions of how to be motivated I had heard was "action precedes motivation" or "Feel the fear and do it anyway" - essentially: start doing it and the rest will happen. I always found a way of stalling between step one and step two.

In Mental Strength, there's more than one trick: there's proactive tips, identifying different and countering demotivation, quick tips for the heat of the moment, there are principles that apply to myself and understand others, there's context to why doubt happens and reassurance that inner-games are part of everyone's lives shown through personal experiences and anthropological explanations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous!
A book that will definitely change your life. It is positive, easily to follow, concise and Iain extremely well written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Glendora
5.0 out of 5 stars Mental strength/resistance
Very good book. Crispy clear language (laymans terms) clear goals to work on too.

Funny to read an Aikido approach from a Karate expert, but in the end it all come to 1... Read more
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Published on 28 Jan 2010 by William O'mahony
2.0 out of 5 stars Telling you what you should know already
This book is reasonably well written and will help some but, personally, I found it to be a one trick pony. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by C. Tymon
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
Tells you how to get what you want (if you know what you want)!A Must read!
Published on 29 April 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
While most of us know that mental strength can be developed in the same manner as physical strength, very few of us really know how to go about doing it save by serendipitous... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2005 by L. A. Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Mental Strength is not some dreary self-help book, but rather an energy-filled, highly motivating text which tells you, in plain and simple terms, how to best condition ourselves... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars A self-help book with a difference
Iain has taken the drive, resolve and motivation that has pushed him to the highest echelons of achievement in martial arts and effortlessly and accessibly combined them into a... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2005
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