Of all the potentially fabulous ways to spend a day in Las Vegas, most people wouldn’t pick sitting in a hotel conference room with a dozen strangers. But that’s exactly what I did last week when I went through an intense training session with Dr. Jason Selk, who teaches mental toughness to pro athletes, top executives, and anyone who is looking to seriously step-up their professional game.
It was such an awesome experience and I learned so much that I want to share with you. Dr. Selk’s philosophy of helping people achieve success in the most simple and efficient manner resonates with me. I believe this is what all managers want for their team members and what all coaches want for their clients. Central to Dr. Selk’s coaching philosophy is focusing on one element of change at a time, so as not to overwhelm a client with too many changes at once.
I was also reminded of the importance of starting with a purpose statement, a concept that is sometimes overlooked in other programs, as well as the necessity for self-confidence, without which real improvement cannot be achieved. With my background in psychology, I was aware of the power of self-confidence, but I didn’t fully understand the ramifications for performance. The framework I will be using from now on will definitely incorporate strategies to evaluate and boost confidence.
I also appreciate Dr. Selk’s focus on growth over perfection. The journey to improvement is sometimes more important than the end result, and perfection is an unrealistic goal to achieve. Also, in this day and age, there is so much more importance placed on a growth mindset, and I think this is a much healthier approach to sustainable success and overall happiness.
I already have a client who will start the mental toughness training, and I have to say that I am really excited to watch as this client hits new performance goals. Dr. Selk’s coaching method isn’t for people who are on the fence about success – it works best if you’re committed to changing the way you think about what you can and can’t do – but don’t let that scare you off.
A conversation with me about your goals could be all it takes to commit to the mental toughness challenge.
If you’re curious to learn more about Dr. Selk, here’s a link to his website.
Please let me know if you’re interested in having a conversation about your mental toughness!