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Introduction xiii Chapter 1 Stress: What's All the Fuss? 1 Stress: It's Unavoidable 4 Your Body's Response to Stress 6 Hardiness Can Make a Big Difference in How You Cope with Stress 9 Introducing the Three Cs 10 Chapter 2 Commitment: Why Pursuing Purpose in Life Matters 15 What is the Theory Behind Commitment? 16 What We Can Learn About Commitment from Prisoners of War 17 Surviving Post-traumatic Stress: Hardiness-Commitment Versus Short-Term Pleasures 18 Increasing Commitment in Your Life 20 Victor Frankl: Purpose, Commitment, and Meaning 21 The Role of Commitment in Success: Jim Carrey 23 When Commitment Leads to Calling: The Success Factor for Musicians 25 Chapter 3 Building Commitment 29 Take Time to Think About What is Important and Interesting to You 29 Are You Plagued by the Work/Balance Conundrum? 31 Increase Your Skills and Competence in an Area That is Important to You 32 Take Pride in Your Past Successes and Achievements 34 Remember the Good Things in Your Life, and Count Your Blessings 36 Spend Time with Family, Friends, and People You Care About 38 Pay Attention to What's Going On in the World Around You 39 Try Out New Things 41 Chapter 4 The Role of Hardiness-Challenge 45 A Tale of Two Accountants 46 How Challenge Prepares You for Change 47 Understanding Your Mindset 48 Expanding the Mindset Concept Beyond Abilities 50 Why Traditional Coping Methods Don't Always Work 52 Examining the "Work of Worrying" Theory 54 Stress Mindset Versus Hardiness-Challenge 57 How Can We Change Mindsets? 58 Physiological Differences as a Result of Your Mindset 60 Hardiness-Challenge and Madonna 61 Chapter 5 Building a Challenge Mindset 63 Changes are Always an Opportunity to Learn and Get Better 64 Do Not Live Every Day by a Rigid Schedule 69 Be Willing to Change Your Plans to Meet Changing Conditions 70 Whenever You Fail at Something, Ask: What Can I Learn from This? 71 Try Out New Things, Take Reasonable Risks 73 Imagine Future Positive Outcomes 75 Do Not Dwell on Past Disappointments: Learn, Forgive, and Look Ahead 78 Chapter 6 Understanding Hardiness-Control 81 Taking Control When Your Body Can't: Michael J. Fox 82 Managing Your Internal Drives 83 Planning an Orderly Future 84 Control: Too Much or Too Little 85 Can Mental Health Problems Be Related to Control Issues? 87 Can Higher Control Have Benefits at Work? 89 How Control Can Make You More Effective at Work 90 How Can You Start to Improve Your Control? 91 Chapter 7 Getting Yourself More in Control 93 Focus Your Time and Energy on Things You Can Control or Influence 93 Work on Tasks That are Within Your Capabilities, Moderately Difficult but Not Overwhelming 95 For Difficult Jobs, Break Them Up into Manageable Pieces So You Can See the Progress 97 Plan Ahead and Gather Up the Right Tools and Resources for the Task 99 Ask for Help When You Need It 101 Recognize Your Successes 103 When You Just Cannot Solve a Problem, Turn Your Attention to Other Things You Can Control 105 Chapter 8 How Hardiness Works to Protect Health and Performance 107 The Hardy Stress Response: Appraising the Situation 108 The Hardy Stress Response: Reacting to Stress 111 Positively Adapting to Stress 112 Stress and the Heart: The Role of Hardiness 114 Stress and the Immune System 117 Putting Hardiness to Work for You 118 Chapter 9 Hardiness at Work 121 Driving a Bus is No Walk in the Park 121 Does Hardiness Influence Your Career Choice? 126 Hardiness Scores of Healthcare Professionals 131 What Do We Know About Hardiness and Work Satisfaction? 132 Challenges Versus Hindrances at Work 134 Practicing Hardiness in the Legal Profession 135 Putting Your Hardiness to Work 144 Chapter 10 What We Can Learn from Hardiness in High-Stakes Performance Careers 147 Playing Out Hardiness as a Musical Director 148 Secrets of Long-Term Success as an Entertainer 154 Looking at Hardiness in Young Performing Musicians 159 Hardiness in Sports 160 Winning the US Tennis Open 167 What You Can Learn from Increasing Hardiness Levels in Competitive Swimmers 174 Chapter 11 The Role of Hardiness in First Responders 179 Hardiness and Policing 179 One Way That Firefighters Cope with Stress 182 Hardiness and Homicide Police Investigator Mark Mendelson 184 Can Hardiness Help in the Selection of Police Officers? 189 Some Things We Can Learn from First Responders 191 Chapter 12 The Hardy Leader 193 World's 50 Greatest Leaders 195 Coaching Hardiness 196 Coaching Techniques to Build Hardiness 197 Chapter 13 Hardiness at the US Military Academy-West Point 201 Welcome to West Point 202 Becoming Leaders 203 Women at West Point 205 Who Drops Out? Hardiness and the Ability to Persist 206 Portrait of a Hardy Cadet 209 Beyond West Point 210 Making Yourself a Hardy Leader 211 Chapter 14 Hardiness and Your Health 213 Hardiness and Heart Disease 214 Hardiness and Diabetes 215 Hardiness and the Immune System 216 Hardiness and Cancer 217 Hardiness and Arthritis 218 Health, Hardiness, and Social Support 219 Hardiness and Sleep 220 Hardiness and Health Habits 222 Using the Three Cs of Hardiness to Stay Healthy 223 Chapter 15 Moving from Life Stress to Life Success 227 From Tragic Loss to Uplifting the Lives of Others 228 Transcending One's Circumstances 231 From Tragedy to the World Stage 235 New Life in a New Country: Struggles and Achievements 239 Physical Fitness, Hardiness, and the Stress of a Child's Life-Threatening Illness 242 Conclusion 246 References 247 Acknowledgments 262 About the Authors 263 Index 264

About the Author

STEVEN J. STEIN, PHD, is a clinical psychologist and the Founder and Executive Chair of Multi-Health Systems (MHS), a leading behavior analytics firm. His work on human performance has been featured in top media outlets worldwide. He teaches at the Directors College of Canada. PAUL T. BARTONE, PHD, is a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University's Institute for National Security Policy. During his U.S. Army career, Colonel Bartone served as the Army's senior research psychologist and deployed worldwide. He also taught leadership at West Point and at the National Defense University. Bartone has been studying hardiness, health, and performance for nearly forty years.

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