Episode #266: Mental Toughness with Jason Selk

Dr. Jason Selk is a best-selling author, psychologist and two-time World Series winning sports psychologist with the St Louis Cardinals. In fact, while serving as Director of Mental Training for the Cardinals, Selk helped the team win their first World Series in over 20 years, and in 2011 he assisted the Cardinals in the historic feat of winning their second World Championship in a six-year period.

Selk is a regular contributor to Forbes, INC, Success, Shape, and Self Magazine; ABC, CBS, ESPN, and NBC radio and television; and has been featured in USA Today, CNBC, and Men’s Health. Dr. Selk’s second book, Executive Toughness, is a best-selling business book and his first book, 10-Minute Toughness, is on pace to be one of the best-selling sport psychology books of all time. Selk’s latest book Organize Your Team Today has been ranked by Bloomberg as a Top 10 leadership book for 2018.

We discussed a number of very important topics on this show, including:

1: How to develop your confidence, even after long periods of purported failure

2: How to maintain your focus in an age of distraction

3: How to create and maintain a positive, empowering and mentally tough outlook in just two minutes a day

These topics were just the tip of the iceberg. I really enjoyed speaking with Jason as he is a psychologist whose views are grounded in hard science and he drew from his time with the St Louis Cardinals as well as his work in applying sports psychology to business which provided for lots of valuable take-aways.

And as he suggests, if you can take just one thing from this conversation, remember it and apply it, then that’s better than trying to take ten things away and forgetting all of them, as we often tend to do in this age of content overload.

With that, I bring you the one and only, Dr Jason Selk.

Topics Discussed:

  • Problem centric thought
  • Relentless solution focus
  • The power of breathe
  • Visualisation and personal mantras
  • Dealing with the unexpected and overcoming adversity
  • Working with the St Louis Cardinals
  • Channel capacity and cognitive load
  • Learn more by learning less
  • Focus on doing the right things
  • Mental workouts
  • Managing expectations
  • Attracting and engaging top talent
  • Tech addiction and how to overcome it
  • How to develop your confidence

Show Notes:

  1. Get Jason’s books:
  • 10-Minute Toughness: The Mental Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins - https://amzn.to/2BL0O7Z
  • Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance - https://amzn.to/2MAD9MR
  • Organize Your Team Today: The Mental Toughness Needed to Lead Highly Successful Teams - https://amzn.to/2LoSmuM
  1. Twitter: @jason_selk
  2. Web: www.Jasonselk.com
  3. Company: www.EnhancedPerformanceInc.com  

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August 17, 2018




Steve Glaveski

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