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It Takes What It Takes

How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life
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Performed by Trevor Moawad with a foreword written and read by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

From a top mental conditioning coach - "the world’s best brain trainer" (Sports Illustrated) - who has transformed the lives and careers of elite athletes, business leaders, and military personnel, battle-tested strategies that will give you tools to manage and overcome negativity and achieve any goal.

He knows how to win. More, he knows the many ways - subtle, brutal, often self-inflicted - we lose. 

As the most trusted mental coach in the world of sports, Trevor Moawad has worked with many of the most dominant athletes and the savviest coaches. From Nick Saban and Kirby Smart to Russell Wilson, they all look to Moawad for help finding or keeping or regaining their competitive edge. (As do countless business leaders and members of special forces.) 

Now, at last, Moawad shares his unique philosophy with the general public. He lays out lessons he's derived from his greatest career successes as well as personal setbacks, the game-changing wisdom he's earned as the go-to whisperer for elite performers on fields of play and among men and women headed to the battlefield. 

Moawad's motivational approach is elegant but refreshingly simple: He replaces hardwired negativity, the kind of defeatist mindset that's nearly everybody's default, with what he calls "neutral thinking". His own special innovation, it's a nonjudgmental, nonreactive way of coolly assessing problems and analyzing crises, a mode of attack that offers luminous clarity and supreme calm in the critical moments before taking decisive action. 

Not only can neutral thinking raise your performance level - it can transform your overall life. And it all starts, Moawad says, with letting go. Past failures, past losses - let them go. 

"The past isn't predictive. If you can absorb and embrace that belief, everything changes. You'll instantly feel more calm. And the athlete - or employee or parent or spouse-who's more calm is also more aware, and more times than not...will win."

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©2020 Trevor Moawad and Andy Staples (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Best Suited for American Football fans.

First came upon this Author after watching his interview with Tom Bileu on Impact Theory within YouTube- really enjoyed the interview and promptly searched and downloaded his book. I commend any person who creates something of value to others, but their value may not be felt by all. I will say that I only went 1hr 40min into this 5hr audiobook but couldn't go any further because of the constant reference to American Football terms and concepts, as I had no understanding of the players he was referring to or the football plays. I found this very distracting to the core message he might be trying to communicate. This however is completely understandable as he was an advisor to football teams, but I thought his book may be for a wider audience. If you are from the USA and understand football you may love this book. This book is for A VERY specific target audience of which I am not. I wish I could get a refund on this, but unfortunately not.

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Excellent

Loved the presentation and thoughts proved. In a world not lacking in self help material, this book was well worth the time and deserves a repeat listen.

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loved this book

Very clear and easy to follow guidance with some really interesting thoughts on the next step from the 'positivity' movement. There is a good mix between stories and practical applications. Has re triggered my spark into becoming a mental conditioning practitioner.

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  • Jay
  • 17-06-2020

Best book ever

This is the best personal development/mindset book I’ve ever listened by far and I have listened to hundreds.

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Must read

A must read. I learned loads about how to think to achieve and give more. Michelle

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Absolutely entertaining infotainment

Couldn’t turn it off! Have to buy the book now as well. Passion, experience and vulnerability meets knowledge and awareness. Fantastic read and look forward to following Trevors work!

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  • JJ
  • 08-03-2020

I want to like it more

I came to this book from his interview on Impact Theory. His message is good, plan is good. I’m not a sports lover or hater. I recognize the immense skill involved. The stories are so sports forward it loses the message content for me. The YouTube interview was better for me, but that is my perspective. It’ll be fantastic for another. Still good content.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2020

It doesn’t take the F word

I got a few useful things from this book but I found the # of times the F word was used to be very annoying. Just like a good comedian doesn’t need to use the F word if he or she is really funny, a good book doesn’t either. Very unprofessional. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

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  • John Keys
  • 06-02-2020

Whoa! Mind Blown

A friend of mine turned me on to Trevor Moawad. I had the original Chicken Soup for the Soul and while that one made me happy I have to say this work has truly inspired! Absolutely loved the audio and will listen to it again and again! Thus book is a blueprint to high performance culture creation that I have been looking for!

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  • Shaun Guerrero
  • 07-02-2020

Want to become a mental giant? Read this book.

I’ve always wondered how Russell Wilson was able to be so calm in championship moments. This book gave me a glimpse into that and also why he responds in post game interviews the way he does. It is extremely practical for my industry which is mortgages in real estate. I can’t recommend this book enough. I loved it and will re-read it over and over and make sure I gift it To my business partners and colleagues. Thank You Trevor, Andy and Russell For introducing me to neutral thinking. I will put the methods I learned from this book and put them into practice.

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  • Slick Rick
  • 06-02-2020

A perfect Segway into bettering yourself

I have been a Trevor Moawad fan ever since I heard his first podcast with drama. I’ve been on the self help journey for a while and the lessons that he teaches seems to resonate with me the most. This book gives you a good insight on how some of the top performers in the world think and make themselves better. I appreciate the idea of neutral thinking. I’ve always thought that “just be positive all the time” was never the answer and I’m glad that I’m not the only one that feels this way. Awesome book, worth the read.

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  • Serifa
  • 03-03-2020

Good message but feels like the first attempt at a book

I like what You’re selling in regards to neutral thinking. Frankly everything you said resonates with me (much I’ve heard before but that usually the case with self help). As a piece of neutral feedback, if you plan on reading any more of your books I’d like to recommend a couple things - drop the attempt at a country accent. It makes you sound like you’re pandering to an audience and comes off as disingenuous - drop the giggles and snickers. Half the time it does makes sense within the context of what you’re saying If you plan on releasing any revisions to your book I’d like to have more concrete steps of how to implement your system at the end of each chapter.

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  • T.Y.
  • 06-02-2020

Highly Recommended

This was a great listen! Very easy to follow along and really enjoyed all of the parallels to sports and elite athletes. Congrats Trevor! Very well done

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  • Leah Lewis
  • 26-02-2020

POWERFUL

Incredible message, not just for athletes, but anyone ready to change their life and commit to achieving success.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2020

I'm staying neutral!

Trevor's message resonated with me because I've never been a very optimistic or pessimistic person I just am what I am and this whole thing with the neutral, changes my perspective because my change now is only a few degrees instead of 90 or 180 degrees for a complete change. I've tried positivity before and I will say it's worked, but unfortunately it just has never been a sustainable thing for me to carry and continue. I've been able to implement this strategy immediately.

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  • Mr. 456
  • 21-06-2020

Much potential

This could have been a great book. There is to much football talk. Okay you want to let us know you deal with athletes, cool. We get it it's high pressure, big stakes yada, yada, yada. I'm cool with you fleshing things out and providing context, but when you give us play-by-play of games and trivial sports insights, it's not only unimportant, but just added words and time to the narrative. Do yourself a favor and watch the interview he did with Tom B. He wouldn't let him dwell on the unessential. The neutral thinking is powerful, but everything else is about how cool he is to train pros, sporting games details and how you can help other pros in the future. Okay...

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  • alan edward owen
  • 10-03-2020

Fantastic

Brilliant, no hocus pocus! Straight forward, it makes so much sense! I am so glad I picked this book!

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  • Roshan Chhatralia
  • 04-05-2020

You don't have to be into sport to appreciate this

I play a lot of sports and have done growing up so can relate to a lot of what's being said but nowhere near the standard Trevor has coached. I definitely watch a lot less sport which you don't need to in order to appreciate this book or sporting accomplishments mentioned. I'm a huge advocate of sports and the impact it has on your life. I worked a successful career and I did well academically. I put most of it down to sports. This book articulates this really well and I'll be buying the paper back to read a few times again of the lessons you can so easily forget over time. Highly recommended read. Just don't make the mistake of thinking this is a sports book as Trevor mentions. I wish more corporate leaders understood the benefits of sport and health on performance.

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  • 23-09-2020

great

i really enjoyed this book , though not a amercain football fan, i understood the lessons that can be taken from these athletes , i belive the message of this book is universal . The ability to think neturally is a great princple. it takes what it takes.

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  • Chaz parry
  • 18-07-2020

Brilliant!

I’ve been self employed and a leader for 7 years and this was recommended to me. It’s really good! I had to stick with the neutral thinking as I’ve always seen realistic as negative. This turned that on its head and I’m recommending to all my leaders

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2020

Mind opening! Neutral thinking is the key!

Full of incredible and raw insights taken directly from greatest athletes of our time that can be used in any area of life.

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  • steve jay
  • 26-03-2020

a story about death

really bad. anxiety promoting. to much unnecessary rubbish. how about just a post it note so they can write the formula on it. it would save a lot of trees. email marketing transferred to books.

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  • Jay Ban
  • 16-03-2020

One of the best books I’ve read

Thank you Trevor for sharing your story this book has come at a perfect time in my life to help me change and for that I’m grateful.

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  • Kenny Johnston
  • 03-03-2020

Definitely an inspirational & rewarding read

Great read & recommend the best way to absorb the book is with an open mind to the ideas suggestions. In hearing each chapter, I found moments similar in my life which required ‘neutral thinking’ reflection & since reading it, the benefit to this approach very rewarding at work & personal life. Thank you Trevor for your openness in sharing your life experiences.