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CH. 1: CHOP WOOD, CARRY WATER
Who do you want to become on the journey of pursuing your dream?
If you become this type of person, how will it benefit your team?
CHAPTER 2: BUILDING YOUR OWN HOUSE
What is an example of a way that you have taken “shortcuts” on the Path to Mastery that you now regret?
How do you ensure that you “build your house” wisely?
What are three of the most common excuses that block you from becoming the person you want to be? How will you eliminate those excuses and all complaining?
CHAPTER 3: HOW MUCH IS AN INCH WORTH?
What is one small decision that you made in the past that had a big impact on your athletic future?
What are the small details in executing a sport specific technique that you must master for your role on the team?
CHAPTER 4: ARTIFICIAL MATURITY
What is the difference between ginōsko knowledge and ‘yāda’ knowledge?
What is something that you have ginōsko knowledge in?
What is something that you have ‘yāda’ knowledge?
What example of a time when you thought you had mastered something but did not in reality?
What is the best way to handle people that think they know it all?
CHAPTER 5: FAITHFUL IN THE SMALL THINGS
What are at least ten daily habits that you have to become the best athlete possible?
What are at least two of the necessary factors you least enjoy about your process?
What do you have to sacrifice in order to be the best athlete and teammate? What are at least two good/fun/exciting things do you have to say no to?
CHAPTER 6: ONLY ONE EYE FOR THE JOURNEY
What are at least five uncontrollables factors and five controllables factors present in your journey? Make a list. Remember, controllables must be 100% controllable by you!
When is an example of a time you or your team lost focus on controllables and let uncontrollables dominate your focus?
CHAPTER 7: NOTHING IS A TEST
What do you get caught viewing as “a test” instead of an opportunity to learn and grow? Need help? Ask yourself: “When do I focus more on proving myself over actually improving myself?
When has the fear of “looking stupid” held you back from taking a risk or trying something?
CHAPTER 8 - WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR IDENTITY?
How do you define your personal worth?
Answer Akira’s question, “What would you be if the thing (sport) that you enjoy doing the most was taken away from you?”
What is one strength or characteristic that you bring to the team beyond performing?
Who is someone you know that struggles with detaching their value from what they do? What is the result of this?
CHAPTER 9: UNCOMFORTABLE ISN'T A CHOICE
What does the title of this chapter, “Uncomfortable isn’t a Choice,” mean to you?
What are two examples when you felt like you are operating outside of your comfort zone?
What are three ways you purposefully make practice more physically and mentally uncomfortable than performance time?
CHAPTER 10: GUZZLING SALT WATER
What are at least three ways your teammates judge themselves? Are these measures of judgement controllable or uncontrollable?
Do you think it is possible to get “addicted to the high of winning?” What is the result of measuring ourselves with uncontrollables like winning?
What are three characteristics you would like to be known for?
CHAPTER 11: EVIL'S BEST WEAPON
When have you been discouraged by another teammate, parent, teacher, or coach? What did they do specifically? How did it feel? What was the result?
Who is someone that can give you hard, honest feedback that you still respect. How do they give feedback that works?
How do you fuel yourself? Choose one specific example for the following:
What do you watch? read? listen to? Who do you surround yourself with? How do you talk to yourself? What do you visualize?
CHAPTER 12: WHAT WENT WELL?
Who is someone you know that consistently drains the energy of others? How?
Who is someone you know that consistently builds energy? How?
“Energy Vampires” kill the progress of your team. How do you handle these people?
Why do we naturally spend so much attention on what is wrong instead of what is going well?
Specifically, what are at least 15 things that went well for you in the past 24 hours?
CHAPTER 13: INSTA-EVERYTHING
Who is someone you know that has great talent but little work ethic?
Who is someone you know that has limited natural talent but an incredible work ethic?
Choose someone that you really respect for an accomplishment they’ve made. Research the work ethic that they have used to get to where they are. What is the “dirty work” that they put in that most people do not see?
CHAPTER 14: WANDERING EYES
Who is someone that you or others compare yourself to?
What is a specific example when you were caught believing that “the grass was greener somewhere else?”
What are at least three unique strengths you possess, blessings you enjoy, or opportunities you have?
CHAPTER 15: ROUSH SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
What is the toughest challenge that you have overcome in your life? What did it take to overcome this challenge? How did this challenge make you stronger?
What is the toughest challenge that your team has faced? What did it take to overcome this challenge? How did this challenge make you stronger?
CHAPTER 16: HARNESSING POWER
When do you experience self-doubt, worry, or your inner critic the most?
In moments of negative self-talk, what could be your powerful self-talk statement that helps to refocus you on the controllables?
CHAPTER 17: DIET COKE
What is a specific example of a time when your actions did not represent the values that you hold or the team holds?
How should you address people that consistently do not live out the values of the team?
CHAPTER 18: THE PATH TO MASTERY
What is an example of a time that you sacrificed and put in the “dirty hard work” but didn’t see the improvement you hoped?
What is at least one strategy you use to stay committed to your process even without outward signs of improvement?
CHAPTER 19: I AIM WITH EVERYTHING
How has the wisdom you learned from different experiences in the past (other sports, classes, tough situations) helped you on your path to mastery?
What is one example of something young athletes take for granted or do not understand?
CHAPTER 20: BAMBOO
When is a time that you gave up in something before reaching your potential?
If you would not have given up, what could have been the result?
What is an example of a time when you did not give up even though you experienced tough circumstances? What were the results?
CHAPTER 21: ROAD SIGNS ON THE PATH TO MASTERY
When have you specifically experienced each of the signs below of the Path to Mastery?
"This is really, really hard."
"I don’t feel like doing ___________ today."
"Everyone else has more time than me."
"I don’t feel like this is making a difference."
"Almost nobody else is doing this."
CHAPTER 22: BE WHERE YOUR FEET ARE
What is a strategy you use to “play present” during emotional moments?
How do you use your breathing to "play present?"
What are three examples of things that you take for granted by saying:
“I have to ____.”
Rewrite these “I have to” statements into: choose to ________ because ________ .”
CHAPTER 23: GOAL VS. MISSION
What do you want your legacy to be? In order to uncover this, write an obituary for yourself in 5-10 sentences that summarizes your life.
After completing your obituary, what is one sentence or phrase that can summarize what you wrote? (This is your mission!)
What are three specific controllable ways that you can live out your mission daily?
CHAPTER 24: SURRENDER
What potential uncontrollable, negative outcomes must you “surrender” if you wants to put complete focus on the process?
What makes it so challenging to surrender the outcome?
How does operating with a heart posture of gratefulness help you?
What image/person/place or thing triggers you to keep things in perspective?
CHAPTER 25: FAMOUS FAILURES
What are two “famous failures” mentioned in the book that surprised you?
What is one example when you went “all in” on something and still failed?
What future failures will you have to overcome to reach your dream?
CHAPTER 26: THE ILLUSION OF PARTIALLY CONTROLLABLE GOALS
What does the author mean by partially controllable goals?
What are at least five partially controllable goals that you have to avoid focusing on?
Who is someone in your life that models True Mental Toughness well? How?
CHAPTER 27: THE FIGHT
How has an incredible setback served as an opportunity for you to learn and grow?
According to Akira, what are the two choices we can make at every crossroad?
Think about an area in your life that you need to improve in. What are at least 10 things that you “can do” in order to improve?
CHAPTER 28: PRINCIPLES INSTEAD OF FEELINGS
How are principles different than feelings?
What are at least four principles that you live by?
Which principle is the most difficult for you to live by?
CHAPTER 29: WARRIOR DIAL
What is a Warrior Dial?
What is your best number for performance? What are the optimal performance numbers for at least three of your teammates? (Use your best judgement.)
What strategies can you use to adjust your warrior dial up when you are tired or bored?
What strategies can you use to adjust your warrior dial down when you are over excited, anxious, or nervous?
CHAPTER 30: "THEY"
Who are your biggest critics that may hold you back? What do they say? How do you overcome critics?
What does the author note as the difference between a PEST and a GUEST?
Most people want two things in life. What are they?
How do you intentionally listen to and love the people in your life?
CHAPTER 31: CLIMBING MOUNTAINS
Akira tells John about the ancient word “moraki” to define greatness. According to Akira, what does it take to be great?
How do you pursue each day with “passion and soul?”
Specifically, who are at least two adults you know that are passionately pursuing something?
CHAPTER 32: THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY
What are the two most valuable resources in the world according to the author?
Akira tells John that the map is NOT the territory. What does this mean to you?
What skills have you learned in your sport that will help you in your future endeavors? How?
CHAPTER 33: A NEW NAME
Before answering the questions: Take one minute to breathe deep and reflect on all the names that you have been called over the years.
What are the various names and nicknames you have been called in the past?
What name represents the most authentic, best version of yourself?
What characteristics do you want this name to represent?