12-Month Mental Toughness Reading Plan
There exists a business model that provides book summaries for executives. Basically, the cliff notes, so you don’t have to waste your time going through the entire book?!?
Yikes! What is this, 9th grade?
Getting the summary of a book is not even close as actually reading it. It’s like trying to take an exercise pill to supplant working out. Get your Mental Strength reading plan together!
Reading is a process, not a destination.
The process of the mind goes when actually reading is amazing. Different parts of the brain are activated with different topics like facts or stories. We slow down when reading, create pictures in our head, imagine scenarios, have flashbacks, reflect, etc. One moment of reading a book can lead to that one idea or inspiration. You can’t create this process through a summary or notes.
Besides, we actually only remember one or two keys from any book anyways. It’s the process of reading that creates the change.
Don’t cheat yourself with a summary! Read the freakin’ entire book or at least digest an audiobook.
Besides, if you’re a leader or coach, then you are paid to read!
Here is your 12-month mental toughness reading plan for executives. This is the list of books that I buy for all of my executives that I’m coaching… Do you have a must-read book? Email me your suggestions, I’d be happy to check them out and make another list.
MONTH/BOOK | MENTAL GAME READING PLAN | PURPOSE
January/ Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl INSPIRATION
February/ On Fire – John O’Leary PERSPECTIVE
March/ The Winner Within – Pat Riley LEADERSHIP
April/ How The Mighty Fall – Jim Collins LEGACY
May/ Legacy – James Kerr CULTURE
June/ The Forgotten Highlander: – Alistar Urquhart PERSPECTIVE
July/ Living With A Seal – Jesse Itzler EFFORT
August/Crucial Conversations – Patterson, et al. COMMUNICATION
September/ Extreme Ownership: – Jocko Willink LEADERSHIP
October/ The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg HABITS
November/ Siddhartha – Herman Hesse SPIRITUALITY
December/ The Greatest Salesman in the World – Og Mandino PHILOSOPHY
Mental Toughness is simple, it’s just not easy. Having a Mental Toughness reading plan means taking certain steps toward becoming the BEST at getting BETTER.
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included: Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness