Learn the key ideas of the book by Judd Hoekstra , Erick Harding "Rick" Peterson

Crunch Time

Key secrets from a few of the greats to help improve our lives

Not being able to give your best when you find yourself under pressure is a problem that we all experience. It will be much easier to avoid falling into that trap after you have read Crunch Time. Judd Hoekstra and Rick Peterson, the most famous pitcher on the planet, have gathered a few secrets from some of the top motivators, leaders and trainers, and written them down in a handy guide of easy tips that you can apply to both your private and professional life.

Crunch Time
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In a super competitive world, where pressure is ever increasing, the reframing technique helps to change our point of view and manage complex situations

Today’s world is competitive and loads every action, in every field, with great expectations and therefore great pressure. Everyone tries to give their best in important moments, but when the pressure rises, the quality of our work tends to decrease. This mechanism has very little to do with talent: it is our way of thinking that affects the result, because thoughts and emotions are what determines a person’s actions.

Above all, we need to learn to let go of our fear and worry, in order to ensure that they don’t interfere with the work that we can, and must, do! It is for this reason that we need to be able to change context, meaning to rethink, with full awareness, the situation that we find ourselves in and learn to tackle it with a different approach.

This type of thinking can be explained using a metaphor: when we start our car engine and the radio comes on automatically, on low volume. The song that plays is a bit like the voice in your head. We can decide whether to turn up the volume and listen to it, then when we recognise the song that is playing we realise that we don’t like it. At this point we have a choice: keep listening to the song, or listen to the negative thoughts in our head, or look for another radio station, or even switch on the Bluetooth and listen to our favourite playlist.

Warning: changing the context does not mean pretending that everything is positive and perfect; it means finding another way of looking at a trying situation to make it more manageable. The new meaning that we are able to give to that situation will lead to improved behaviour on our part and therefore improved results.

 Reframing is a quick, efficient technique that works for all people and all situations, but it does not come naturally: it takes practice to make the best use of it.


The key ideas of "Crunch Time"

In a super competitive world, where pressure is ever increasing, the reframing technique helps to change our point of view and manage complex situations
When we are under pressure we need to become fully aware, because instinctive reactions can get us into trouble
Greater effort does not always lead to a better result; outcome is linked to ability and not to effort
The art of laughter: a sense of humour is a great weapon available to us all, it can beat stress and improve performance
A result isn’t calculated by comparing it with other results, but on the average of all of someone’s performances
Looking at mistakes as opportunities to learn is the basis of a growth mindset
Take-home message

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