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A Review of 10 Minute Toughness by Jason Selk

A Review of 10 Minute Toughness by Jason Selk

A few key takeaways to help you increase your mental toughness.

Ever read a mental training book like "Finding Your Zone" and thought, “What am I supposed to actually do with this? Visualize my brain doing push-ups? This is a load of _____ (fill in whatever you deem most appropriate, I tend to be more on the vulgar side).” What’s a "Mind Gym?!" If you have, and are generally done with the abstract concepts, or wishy-washy ideas on expanding your mental strength, 10-Minute Toughness by Jason Selk is the book for you.

It’s concrete. I’m not talkin’ New Yawwwk City pavement on an egg-fryingly hot, dog day of summer. I’m talkin’ real ways to improve your game. Like actual guidelines, steps to follow, questions that require written answers, mini-exams with measurements, and 1-10 scales. And while I’m not going to give you the questions/tests (because I don’t feel like using the shift button to create these lines ________ all over the place), here are a couple of thangs I picked up from Selk’s program.

Goooooooal! (scream this World Cup announcer-style)
Want to run a marathon? Or hit for the highest average? Grab a paper & a pen my friends, some finger/hand exercises (that goes beyond collecting digits) are coming your way.

You’re going to write 3 types of goals down:

  1. First, your Ultimate Goal. The big Kahuna if you will. This is the over-arching dream. A summary of the things you want to accomplish and how you plan to achieve them. Read: Leg-a-cy. Your great, great, grandkids should still have bragging rights by the end of your sports career.
  2. Second, using your most legible handwriting, jot down 2-3 Product Goals for your upcoming season. These are result-driven goals, i.e. I will have the highest number of goals scored in the league.
  3. Third, for every Product Goal, scribble down a few Process Goals – what you need to do to achieve the desired result. So, I will take at least 10 shots on goal per game and will keep the ball low and in the corner.

Now that you’ve got your goals, go Gossip Girl on that ish. That’s right, tell the world. Text it. Tweet it. 1R Facebook status it. Whatever you gotta do to spread the word. XOXO.

  • Publicizing your goals makes you that much more accountable for achieving them. Suddenly, people are asking you about your training, how it’s going, when you’ll be ready. What are you going to do, back down now Champ? That’s right. Hell to the no you won’t. Hell to the no.

Additionally, before there were blogs, there were journals. And since vintage is in, I suggest you start logging after each practice and game, if for no other reason than to look cool. Use a Success Log to recap things you did well, what you need to improve, and specific things you can do to get better.

  • Pre-practice and pre-game, take some time to review your Success Log. Focus on the tactics you said would help you get better. Unless you give your goals serious and consistent attention, they, much like my Carnival prize won gold fish, Moe, will die.

O.K. I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t think I’d realistically do these exercises on my own. I found myself getting irritated with writing down all of these things about my game and my goals as an athlete. But, everyone trains for mental toughness differently, right?

If you’re like me, and are more visual and abstract when it comes to mental strengthening, mental toughness, and mental preparedness, I suggest passing on this one. But, if you like routine and are looking for a regimen to follow, this is a solid guide for you. You say treadmill, I say track cardio. Tomato, tamata.

26 / 08 / 2017 1R