I love running, and I really like to run far. I related well to the ideas put forth in this book. Much of endurance athletics is mental more than physical, and this mental strength and confidence translates into many other parts of life.
Find the value in everything you do, regardless of how monotonous it might be.
Commit to finishing
Use techniques like:
Make yourself uncomfortable
"80% of success is showing up"
Fixed vs growth mindset - Develop a Growth Mindset and resist the lure of a Fixed Mindset
Surround yourself with people who you aspire to be like and people who are achieving goals you want to achieve.
Open yourself up to opportunities to become inspired.
Motivation gets things done - find your motivators for long-term success.
Identify your intrinsic motivators and see how you can use extrinsic motivation to get you there (through the boring parts)
Keep showing up
Believe in yourself, but be willing to ask for help.
Confidence is key and you should grow your confidence.
On the other hand, overconfidence can be as bad as not having confidence.
"Keep yourself in check and learn to differentiate between mental roadblocks and physical roadblocks. Believe in your abilities, trust in your training, and stay mentally sharp – but don’t overdo it."
Think about your goals in Why terms when you want to [get energized, stay motivated, or avoid temptation].
Think about your goals in What terms when you're dealing with [something difficult, unfamiliar, or anything that takes a long time to learn].
In different contexts of your life:
Anything is possible when you have no other choice.
When the time comes around, Follow through on the commitment
Remove the option of quitting through commitment
"Ask yourself what are you committed to and what will it take to follow through on that commitment."
Live moderate extremism!
Look your story in the eye and recognize it as it is. [Just a story]
Don't quit because you're afraid of doing something you really want to do.
Do quit if you're on a less than ideal course, and you're afraid of what will happen if you change directions.
How you feel is much less important than what you do.
No one knows how you feel inside but you. Be the person you want others to think you are.