Title: Relentless Solution Focus
Author: Dr Jason Selk
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Genre: Productivity, Business
First Publication: 2020
Book Summary: Relentless Solution Focus by Dr. Jason Selk
The most common cause of failing to reach our professional and personal goals is hardwired in us: Humans instinctively focus on problems. Over millennia, our very survival relied on our ability to be alert to any potential dangers that could threaten our existence. But today this negativity bias significantly limits our potential and increases stress, pressure, and underperformance.
The one characteristic all phenomenally successful people share is mental toughness. Mentally tough people are better at making decisions more quickly and with better results. They possess the uncanny ability to control what goes on between their ears. Instead of allowing their minds to focus on their problems when adversity strikes, the most successful people have learned to direct their thoughts in a systematic manner that produces positive emotions and productive actions: they have a Relentless Solution Focus.
In this book, top performance coach Dr. Jason Selk―former Director of Mental Training for the World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals―and his colleague Dr. Ellen Reed provide the insight, tools, and proven step-by-step framework for you to do the same. When you have Relentless Solution Focus, you think better. Your decisions garner positive results. You take action and follow through―every time. And when you do get off track, you get back on with less effort and less drama. Weakness shrinks and strength grows, creating confidence and momentum, taking you and your team to higher levels of performance and achievement.
Book Review: Relentless Solution Focus by Dr. Jason Selk
Do you feel that no matter how hard you work, you are not making any progress? There are certain periods in my life where I felt that way. It is one of the reasons that I was so interested in productivity books and podcasts. I want to learn how to hack the system. Relentless Solution Focus lives up to its subtitle: Train Your Mind to Conquer Stress, Pressure, and Under-performance. This book, if you read it and take time to understand, is truly transformational.
Relentless Solution Focus is one of the few business/productivity books that isn’t bloated and cuts straight to the chase with a simple, thoughtful system. I admire Dr. Jason Selk’s discipline and commitment to doing what he loves and is proficient at. It balances productivity insights and theory with plenty of practical application.
Dr. Jason Selk takes you through exercises that allow you to decide what you want out of life, determine what activities you should focus on, and use rest to help you improve results. The book emphasizes the importance of getting rid of activities that eat up time and energy. It includes strategies for saying no to new requests and for dealing with unwanted existing commitments.
Relentless Solution Focus is how one would hope productivity would be taught at work. It takes you from defensive to offense with your tasks and commitments at the office. Further, it makes a strong case why unplugging from work is important and should be intentional. The main take-away from this book is that self-discipline and application of a few insightful principles will improve your personal and professional life immensely.
Relentless Solution Focus by Dr. Jason Selk can help anyone focus on priorities and be more productive- teachers, community volunteers, parents who home school, executives, business owners, students, etc. This book can certainly help you think about your work in a different way, focus on the work that matters most, and improve your output not by doing more, but by doing less.