SUMMER READS: 4 BOOKS TO GET YOU MOTIVATED, FOCUSED AND UPLEVEL YOUR MENTAL GAME

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Hey guys!

So I’m currently in the middle of my two week no running break. While it’s been nice to sleep in and do less laundry I miss running! My coach told me to keep it easy in general and just relax and try to be a normal person but man, it’s hard! I have been taking the down time to work on my mental game because running is as much mental as it is physical. I’ve definitely had races where physically I’ve felt fine but mentally I was cashed and ready to quit.  These books are great for running, training or basically life in general.

THE BRAVE ATHLETE: CALM THE F-CK DOWN AND RISE TO THE OCCASION

I love this book and have listened to it countless times. I actually just ordered the paperback version of it because it drops so much value. (Side note: the audio book is awesome because it is narrated by the authors who have the best accents.)  It helps solve the 13 most common mental problems athletes face in their training. It helps you stop thinking and start doing. It’s helps you defines a common, relevant problem and offers actionable solutions. 

ENDURE: MIND, BODY, AND THE CURIOUS ELASTIC LIMITS OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE

“In a wide variety of human activity, achievement is not possible without discomfort.”

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This book is combines the science aspect with real life accounts of people pushing what they thought was possible and how to help yourself. “What’s crucial is the need to override what your instincts are telling you to do (slow down, back off, give up), and the sense of elapsed time. Taking a punch without flinching requires self-control, but endurance implies something more sustained: holding your finger in the flame long enough to feel the heat; filling the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run.”

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CAN’T HURT ME: MASTER YOUR MIND AND DEFY THE ODDS

This is a book that I actually preferred on audio. It’s basically set up like a podcast: Adam Skolnick narrates it and then David Goggins talks about the chapter with him. David Goggins’ story is crazy but shows you that the impossible can be achieved and it usually isn’t pretty.

“We all need small sparks, small accomplishments in our lives to fuel the big ones. Think of your small accomplishments as kindling. When you want a bonfire, you don’t start by lighting a big log. You collect some witch’s hair—a small pile of hay or some dry, dead grass. You light that, and then add small sticks and bigger sticks before you feed your tree stump into the blaze. Because it’s the small sparks, which start small fires, that eventually build enough heat to burn the whole fucking forest down.” 

HIGH PERFORMANCE HABITS: HOW EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE BECOME THAT WAY

I’m currently reading this and I can’t read this fast enough. Brendon Burchard lays out there are 6 High Performance Habits and if you do them, you’ll be successful. The questions he asks at first are kind of uncomfortable and then the more you start to do the work the more it makes sense. I feel like the deeper I dive into this, the more lightbulbs keep going off.

“Just as athletes never quit training, high performers never stop consciously conditioning and strengthening their habits. Real success—holistic, long-term success—doesn’t come from doing what’s natural, certain, convenient, or automatic. Often, the journey to greatness begins the moment our preferences for comfort and certainty are overruled by a greater purpose that requires challenge and contribution. The skills and strengths you have now are probably insufficient to get you to the next level of success, so it’s absurd to think you won’t have to work on your weaknesses, develop new strengths, try new habits, stretch beyond what you think your limits or gifts are. That’s why I’m not here to sell you the easy solution of just focusing on what is already easy for you. Just so we’re clear: There’s a lot of work ahead.”

All these books are SO GOOD and i’ve recommended them to just about everyone I’ve talked to.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read them or if there’s a book I need to check out.

xo