mental toughness reading plan

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.


JanuaryMan’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