“Positive thinking leads to positive outcomes. Study after study proves this. Researchers have found that optimistic people live longer, live healthier, have more energy, have more successful careers, make better decisions, are more productive, are less stressed, have healthier relationships, and (not surprisingly) are much happier than pessimists.
However, a lot has been misunderstood about what it means to be a positive thinker and what it takes to maintain an optimistic outlook.
It requires more than repeating feel-good platitudes to make positive thinking work in your life. It takes discipline, commitment, and a proper understanding of what optimism really means in a world that is constantly throwing new challenges at us.
This is a book for anyone who has ever questioned whether positive thinking really ‘works.’
It’s also a book for those who have tried to develop a more positive attitude, but have found it easier said than done when it comes to eliminating the voices of fear, doubt, and cynicism.
This is a book for anyone who wants to put optimism to work in their life with practical, proven techniques.”
~ Darrin Donnelly from Relentless Optimism
This is the third book in Darrin Donnelly’s Sports for the Soul series.
As I mentioned in Notes on the first two (Think Like a Warrior and Old School Grit), I read ALL SIX books in the series in less than a week. They were THAT good.
In this inspirational fable, we meet “Bobby Kane, a minor league baseball player who, at the age of 31, is coming to terms with the fact that his dream of making it to the majors” might be coming to a disappointing end.
Then... He meets a wise manager who helps him develop the relentless optimism that helps him... spoiler alert... make his dreams a reality.
Bobby, of course, represents ALL of us who face doubts on our Heroic quests.
Darrin has a remarkable ability to explain important, scientifically-valid ideas in the context of a REALLY compelling sports story—which makes this book and his series a perfect way to introduce grounded, practical yet super-inspiring wisdom to people who otherwise might not be that interested in and/or willing to invest the time in reading a typical self-development book.
To be explicit: When I type that, I’m thinking of guys who love football and beer and may scoff at these “self-help” ideas. (Hah.) PERFECT.
Get them this book. Trust me. They’ll LOVE IT. Same goes with teenage kids into sports. This is the PERFECT way to introduce them to the science of peak performance.
btw: Speaking of great fiction with great wisdom, have you seen our collection of Notes on the Harry Potter series? We’ve featured all SEVEN of those books as well.
And, now... It’s time to chat about some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!
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