It Takes What It Takes: Book Summary

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Reading

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I recently read It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life by Trevor Moawad. One of my development plans is to focus on mindset and mental toughness. Moawad has been the mental coach for elite athletes such as Russel Wilson and championship teams like the University of Alabama Football Team.

If you are looking for a book to help you cultivate mental toughness, then I highly recommend this one.  You can purchase it here

Below are some of my highlights, taken directly from the book during my reading… 


Chapters 1-6

    • Neutral thinking is a high-performance strategy that emphasizes judgment-free thinking, especially in crises and pressure situations…Neutral thinking shuns all attempts at illusion or outright self-delusion, which are often the foundation of other motivational systems. Neutral thinking strips away the bull and the biases, both external and internal. (Page 24 · Location 327)
    • Staying in the moment, giving each moment its own history, and reacting to events as they unfold. It takes away emotion and replaces it with behaviors. Instead of asking, “How do I feel?” you should be asking yourself, “What do I do?” (Page 42 · Location 538)
    • People aren’t defined by the past unless they choose to live there. (Page 60 · Location 726)
    • Confidence is the belief that you can do what is demanded. (Page 63 · Location 767)
    • Our choices ultimately determine our behaviors and those behaviors ultimately determine our outcomes. (Page 74 · Location 884)
    • Reflect on your successes as much as on your failures. (Page 83 · Location 986)
    • The human mind absorbs negativity seven times more easily than it absorbs positivity. We also know that language is the most powerful carrier of negativity. (Page 88 · Location 1036)
    • Negativity affects you negatively 100 percent of the time. (Page 93 · Location 1094)
    • Negativity, in any form that we choose to bring into our lives, is poison. (Page 114 · Location 1318)
    • Words are tools, and they both predict and perpetuate performance. (Page 117 · Location 1351)


Chapters 7-12

    • Conscious competence is knowing how to do what you need to do when you need to do it and why you are doing it. (Page 175 · Location 1957)
    • As tennis great Billie Jean King said, “pressure is a privilege.” (Page 180 · Location 2001)
    • Average people become average by doing average shit. (Page 181 · Location 2014)
    • You can’t confront people who don’t know they don’t know. (Page 200 · Location 2211)
    • A role model is a heat seeker, not a heat deflector. (Page 228 · Location 2499)
    • The late comedian Gracie Allen said to never place a period where God has placed a comma. The idea of living neutral is putting a comma at the end of an event—good or bad—and knowing that the next words will determine how the sentence continues. (Page 233 · Location 2559)


Game Plan

  1. I encourage you to pick up this book. You can purchase it here. (Affiliate Link)
  2. Select one of the quotes above and ask yourself, “How can I practically apply this to my life?”


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