Do Hard Things
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Do Hard Things

The New Science of Inner Strength and How to Develop It for Extraordinary Success

Steve Magness

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Do Hard Things

The New Science of Inner Strength and How to Develop It for Extraordinary Success

Steve Magness

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"In Do Hard Things, Steve Magness beautifully and persuasively reimagines our understanding of toughness. This is a must-read for parents and coaches and anyone else looking to prepare for life's biggest challenges."-- Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and Talking to Strangers and host of the Revisionist History podcast

From beloved performance expert, executive coach, and coauthor of Peak Performance Steve Magness comes a radical rethinking of how we perceive toughness and what it means to achieve our high ambitions in the face of hard things.

Toughness has long been held as the key to overcoming a challenge and achieving greatness, whether it is on the sports field, at a boardroom, or at the dining room table. Yet, the prevailing model has promoted a mentality based on fear, false bravado, and hiding any sign of weakness. In other words, the old model of toughness has failed us.

Steve Magness, a performance scientist who coaches Olympic athletes, rebuilds our broken model of resilience with one grounded in the latest science and psychology. In Do Hard Things, Magness teaches us how we can work with our body – how experiencing discomfort, leaning in, paying attention, and creating space to take thoughtful action can be the true indications of cultivating inner strength. He offers four core pillars to cultivate such resilience:

  • Pillar 1- Ditch the Façade, Embrace Reality
  • Pillar 2- Listen to Your Body
  • Pillar 3- Respond, Instead of React
  • Pillar 4- Transcend Discomfort

Smart and wise all at once, Magness flips the script on what it means to be resilient. Drawing from mindfulness, military case studies, sports psychology, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, he provides a roadmap for navigating life's challenges and achieving high performance that makes us happier, more successful, and, ultimately, better people.

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Aarhus University, 196
Abbey, Tom, 194–96
Abusive leadership style, 229–31, 238–40
Bryant’s version, 23–28, 31, 34, 124, 174
Knight’s version, 3–5, 9, 12, 15, 22
Acceptance, 70, 174–75, 184–85, 226, 252, 268
Adams State University, 78
Adaptive flexible strategy, 217–20, 222
Adrenaline, 47–49, 122
Adrenaline junkies, 45, 196–97
Adrift (Callahan), 141–42
Adversity, 3, 12, 14, 28–29, 34, 35, 96, 194, 226
coping strategies for. See Coping strategies
Affective inertia, 169–70
“Affective primacy,” 119
Affirmations, 155–56
Air Force, U.S., SERE program, 30–32, 33
Airplane pilots, 200, 201
flight instrument panel analogy, 118–19, 122–23, 130–31
Alabama Crimson Tide, 24
Alexithymia, 115–16, 123
Ali, Muhammad, 145
Altered Traits (Davidson), 169
“Always compete,” 14
Alzheimer’s disease, 98–99
Ambivalent Parent, the, 148
American Thoracic Society, 20
Amnesia, 29
Amygdala, 45–46, 93–94, 133, 165–67, 169, 187–88, 246–47
Anderson-Kaapa, Drevan, 50–53
Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), 118–19
Antonovsky, Aaron, 261
Anxiety, 36, 44, 107, 123, 124, 128, 137, 158, 211, 246, 262–63
brain and, 93–94, 103, 167–68, 205, 219
Capilano Suspension Bridge experiment, 121–22
confidence and, 63, 84
course-correcting for, 57
discomfort and, 15, 35, 36, 38
family dinners for, 250
nuance exercises for, 134–36
reading the signals, 131, 137, 155
rumination and, 213, 214, 215
State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, 199
steady mind and, 166–69, 180, 186
training to control, 104–5, 106–7, 186, 189, 205
Apathy, 36, 86, 88–91, 98–99, 101, 111–12, 244, 259
Appelbaum, Mark, 217–18
Apple, 231
Appraisal, 34, 46–50, 53, 57. See also Reappraisal
reading the signals, 128–34, 136
threat of death and, 43–46
Appropriate goals, 54–55
Army, U.S.
Human Dimension Strategy, 34
SERE program, 30–32
stress response and cortisol, 92–93
Arnold, Katie, 210–12
Aron, Arthur, 121–23, 185
Arousal control, 32, 122–23, 129–30
Arrogance and insecurity, 72–77
Artists, 58, 164, 254
Assembly line approach to teaching, 99–100
Association, 199–200, 204, 217, 218, 222
Ataraxia, 191
Attention control, 32. See also Zooming in; Zooming out
clutch state, 224–25
emotion regulation and, 205–6, 212–13, 219
exercises, 182–83
Auschwitz concentration camp, 90–91
Authenticity, 54–55, 247
Authoritarian control, 10–11, 15, 34, 87
Knight’s version of toughness, 3–5, 9, 12, 15, 22
parenting style, 6–7, 10–11, 12
Autonomous motivation, 234–37
Autonomy, 14, 88, 91, 99, 103, 104, 236
science of choice and, 95–99
Autonomy-supportive environments, 240–43
Avoidance, 60, 72, 174–75, 181, 187, 262–63, 264
Avoidance learnin...

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