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The Mental Toughness Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Facing Life's Challenges, Managing Negative Emotions, and Overcoming Adversity with Courage and Poise Paperback – April 13, 2020
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- ASIN : B086Y7D5S2
- Publisher : Independently published (April 13, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 204 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8636821618
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.46 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. To be honest, I had very few moments where I thought "wow, never heard anybody say that" and that's what makes the book so good and accessible. It shares deep structured insight into, for me, common sense things and helped me understand the contents of my mind, or at least have a way of approaching it.
2. I don't finish books. They lack practicality to me. This book I finished, partly because of how accessible it is and partly because my mind state was already on a growth wavelength, so it felt reassuring to me, I just very much appreciated the context and the push.
3. Biggest Turn-On: The author speaks from a place of having applied his own advice. I will read more of his books because of that.
these strategies then I believe that it will pay off immediately during the pandemic and over the long term pay lifelong dividends. If you need some guidance on how to handle the stresses of our current situation and believe that a change in your mindset would be beneficial then reading this book is a no-brainer.
If you are facing a illness, divorce, or something on that wavelength, this isn’t the book.
As I write this (April 21, 2020), the world is faced with a unprecedented situation caused by a coronavirus for which there is no cure or vaccine yet. The media regularly reports on the daily infection and death numbers which show no signs of abating (at least not where I am staying). It also routinely talks about people suffering from “cabin fever”, the elderly left to die in nursing homes and increasing domestic violence due to family members spending more time together during lockdowns. Amidst this depressing doom and gloom, we occasionally hear of individuals and groups coming together to make the best use of the circumstances. The most heartening are those of health professionals soldiering on—some even succumbing to the virus—despite inadequate equipment or protection and facing an overwhelming influx of patients. One could argue that these health workers are the very embodiment of the subject of this book. Since Damon most likely started writing this book a long time before the virus outbreak starting in December 2019, it is fortuitous that his book on developing mental toughness arrives at a time when the globe needs it most and many people could certainly use such an advice. The book, the way I see it, is his contribution as a productivity specialist to a world gripped by fear and negativity (two emotions in which he spent copious amounts of time giving instructions on how to dispel). In fact, one of his advice—a small detail easily overlooked—concerns what to do with “dismal current events” (p. 179; page numbers refer to the print version) and is especially apposite for those of us deluged by the daily grim news. This piece of advice alone, in my opinion, is worth the price of this book and has already saved me hours otherwise fixated on events which I have no control over.
Why do I say “novelty”? I have read a number of his books (3 are Amazon “Best Sellers” which attest to their popularity) and reviewed 5 so far. After I reviewed his most recent book, The 30-Day Productivity Plan Volume II, more than a year ago in December 2018, I myself was hard-pressed to come up with a subject that Damon has not covered yet. Granted, his works have ran the whole gamut of productivity subjects from goal-setting to time-chunking. This may explain the somewhat longer gap—more than a year—between the publication of his last book and this (2018 was a particularly fruitful year for him with 3 publications). Therefore when this book was announced, I was optimistically cautious that perhaps some of the materials may have already been dealt with in his other books. For fans of his literature, I am pleased to state that, while there may be a few minor commonalities, the bulk of this book can be read afresh with new insights gained. If you have been hesitating like me, scan its table of contents first to decide if the topics therein are pertinent to your current or future needs.
Back to the book proper, true to his usual format, Damon does not mince his words when it comes to presentation. The book is quite short at 189 pages with only two references in endnotes. I completed it in three days devoting about a couple of hours each day but I was reading it carefully, highlighting the text where necessary, taking notes and faithfully completing the eighteen exercises. A fast reader should be able to finish it in a shorter time.
The subject matter Damon has elected to expound on this time is mental toughness which, if you have been following his writing career, can be seen as the logical culmination of the numerous advice in his previous books. The other books deal with aspects of productivity, such as how to say no, maintaining focus, avoiding procrastination and perfectionism, the Patero principle, et cetera, which if adhered to closely, cultivates in one a mindset that is not only fruitful but can ride the “waves” life will throw in one’s way from time to time. It is the latter that Damon has now chosen to focus his research and advice on.
The book is roughly divided into three parts: (1) an explanation and definition of mental toughness, its benefits, characteristics and enemies, (2) a lengthy section on the relationship of mental toughness to other mental factors (for example, resilience, habits and willpower) and, (3) a 10-step mental toughness training program and an 8-part maintenance regime. I would like to highlight here that the definition presented by Damon will be particularly useful for those who may confuse it with grit, resilience, perseverance or stoicism. Besides explaining how it is different from these other qualities, he also illustrates the concept by using real-life examples.
In a chapter in the second section, the author draws from the work of the entrepreneur, prolific author and ex-Navy SEAL sniper Brandon Webb where he compares the topic to Navy SEAL training. While the Navy SEALs are renowned for their “toughness” and military prowess, I wonder if dedicating a whole chapter in this way may slightly alienate his female readers. Perhaps if he also devotes an equivalent amount of content to examples of females hailed for their perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds (for example Mother Teresa), it may bring some balance to a book that at times may come across as too testosterone-filled. Nonetheless, in spite of this, the other examples he gives are varied and universally applicable, with the cases of losing weight and dieting cited the most.
Throughout the book, he includes exercises (18 in total with their estimated times needed to complete) and exhorts the reader to work through them to better internalize the advice he has just given. For this reason and also for the sake of writing this review, I dutifully completed all exercises. Herein lies my minor and only grouses with the book. Some readers may find, for example, exercise 8 too simplistic: the exercise calls for a list of items one accomplished that day to boost confidence in our “current skill set and knowledge” (p. 96). However, since the chapter ending with exercise 8 is about our possessing “resources … that’ll help us to endure failure, misfortune, and hardships” (p. 94), perhaps the bar should be set higher than quotidian tasks which may be seen as easily achievable. Here, my notes read, “a better exercise may be to recall 1–2 challenging problems that we overcame successfully to appreciate our ability to solve seemingly insurmountable difficulties.”
Another example of an exercise that may require some refinements is exercise 14 which asks the reader to list 15 items requiring discipline to avoid or do. Again some people, especially those who have been incorporating productivity techniques into their lives, may struggle to find as many as 15 (I managed only 5). Obviously, the alternative may be to posit a range for the number of items demanded of the reader, say in this instance 5–15, lest he or she finds the tasks too onerous and starts to tune out.
One point worth mentioning (which does not affect me) is that readers may see the repetition of certain advice as redundant or unnecessarily lengthening the book. Indeed, Damon himself makes references to earlier chapters at multiple times. However, the repeated points are often presented in a different context or as support for another discussion. An example is his explanation of a growth mindset which is possibly a innovative concept from Damon (which I am encountering for the first time in a self-improvement book although I am familiar with the Chinese proverb that one should continue learning even as one ages). He presents it in the first instance when he explains how our attitudes—including a growth mindset—shape our mental toughness (p. 93). We read about it again later when he writes about learning from failures (p. 139) which is a related but different context. The book is peppered with instances of repetition such as this and thus one may mistakenly assume that Damon is replicating his points but a close scrutiny may reveal otherwise.
As aforementioned, I was cautiously excited about the release of this book and now having perused it, my productivity practices have been given a much-needed boost, especially in light of the present bleak global situation caused by Covid-19. It would not be too far-fetched to state that almost everyone have been adversely affected in one way or another, lightly or severely. For those of us who wish to develop mental toughness in order to ride over this “tide” and emerge not only unscathed but stronger, I wholeheartedly recommend The Mental Toughness Handbook and look forward to reading his next project.
By Mia O. Navarro on June 8, 2020
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It’s easy to read and uses logic and examples to address why we think and behave the way we do and how to tackle negative self talk, catastrophic thinking, black and white views of world and so on.
It examines and challenges the ways we’ve come to automatically filter the world and our experience of it.
It provides a daily framework to change these filters, our world view, and - in doing so - let the light in.
The author is honest that this is not necessarily easy and requires effort and practice. It is a repetitive process to create muscle memory. Like learning guitar.
I feel the book is pragmatic above all else and can be used as a toolkit to train your mind. The examples from Navy SEALS training were useful too.
I have read a few books by Damon and I like Enjoyed this one as well as the others and I am seeing results in tackling tasks that I have been putting off after getting inspired by his techniques.
The start of this book resonated with me, having read multiple books on the same or similar topics. Within the book Damon states that similar books contain prose or anecdotes on the subject that seem to water down the actual meat of the content you wish to ingest.
I have found myself reading other books of this nature forcing myself to wade through unrelatable examples that lack any gumption or value. Pages of examples of how a point the author is trying to make is feasible and true - almost patronising when you know it to be true you just want to learn more on how to implement it in your own life.
This book cuts to the chase, it gives you fundamental information the whys and the hows without patronising insights that you already understand.
A great little book a quick read with usable information. My previous statement is also not to say that this book lacks anything of interest there were some quotations and terms I had not come across before but they were delivered with precise purpose and applicable in day to day life.