May 22, 2023
are an avid reader or "student" of success, then you have probably
come across the HBR Books. I've gone through many of them
over the years and they publish a bunch of books called "The HBR 10
must reads". They are 10 must read articles on topics like
Leadership, Communication, Innovation, Strategic Marketing, Sales,
One of my favorites is HBR 10 must reads on Mental
I am so focused on mental toughness in my own life and
totally impressed by the topics in this book that I am going to
drill down into the next 10 days with you exclusively on Mental
Mental Toughness is something you absolutely MUST
develop if you are going to be a leader or develop any type of
success in your life. If you want to learn how to overcome
setbacks...coming back even stronger. Or, if you just want to
be a better leader, parent, partner, or success in life...you need
to work on your mental toughness.
This particular HBR series is packed with lessons,
tips, strategies on Mental Toughness and really has 10 topics that
I think you will relate to and be able to apply in every area of
your life. So join me over the next 10 days and lets really
dig deep into mental toughness.
Today the topic is an article called How the Best of
the Best Get Better and Better...from Graham Jones.
Graham Jones is a best selling author and a top
performance consultant for businesses, athletes and the military
for over 20 years. He wrote a book call Thrive on Pressure
which is a great lesson for us to start with.
Ultimately this topic boils down to this...Elite
performers learn to Thrive on Pressure. I want to focus and
point out to you 6 specific characteristics of Peak Performers that
Graham says are keys to Thriving on Pressure. If you can
learn to adopt these traits you can see a massive increase in your
mental toughness and results.
Love the Pressure
learn to remain cool under pressure
love the pressure and use it to drive
managing pressure is easier if you focus on your own
become a master of compartmentalization
inner-focused and self-directed (no need to
add a secondary passion to help you switch (on/off)
Fixate on the Long Term
ability to rebound is in direct proportion to LT goals
but pave the road with small mins and
meticulously plan short-term goals
ultimately, create clarity and vision of future but be
Use the Competition
simple Principle- train with people that will push you
pushing yourself is good, but competitions levels you
find ways to surround yourself with elite
masterminds, Programs, Environments,
many examples of people pushing each other in sports,
if you are a high achiever you need to learn to
the is to create a desire for feedback.
particularly important to get in the moment
become hungry for advice, training, lessons, and
learning...to learn and grow
Note: make sure your feedback is constructive and
Celebrate the Victories
elite performers know how to party and celebrate the
work hard. play hard. celebrate hard.
its more than an emotional release...it brings
analysis and awareness.
also, don't get stuck celebrating...move on once you
and make sure you are celebrating
The Will to Win
all elite performers have a fierce desire to compete
foster the inner desire and persistance you
its not always about the 1st place win...its about
it takes grit and courage to get in the ring, let
alone back in the ring after defeat.
But, if you want to be an Elite Performer you must
continue to get in the ring.