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Finally! There is a mental-toughness book for young athletes!

Hey everyone,

Moses and Troy Horne here. Your mental-toughness guides! We know exactly how you feel. If you are reading this, you probably have a young athlete who struggles with in-game stress and maybe even sports performance anxiety. That is why this version was mostly written by Moses. As of the time of the writing of this book, Moses Horne is a 15-year-old elite athlete who can talk directly about the triumphs and struggles of working toward being mentally tough. This is the only book that I know of with input from an actual young athlete. 

A lot of the heavy lifting was done by me, Troy Horne, his dad. I am here to help the parents understand how to help your kiddo navigate this mental-toughness journey. For more on that make sure that you pick up the parent's guide version of this book - Mental Toughness for Young Athletes: Eight Proven 5-Minute Mindset Exercises for Kids and Teens in Competitive Sports (Parent's Guide). It's super necessary. We know where you are, and we know how to help you help your young athlete find his or her mental fortitude. 

In the past, we have purchased a lot of books about mental toughness in sports. To be honest, most of the books that we read were not a good fit for young athletes because they were either written for adults or not written for youth athletes in competitive sports. There is a difference.

Parents! Troy speaking: Since there wasn't anything out there for elite athletes, I did what every youth sports parent does when they want to help their kid. I started my own team! Just kidding! (I probably should have, but I didn't believe that I would be able to do it well. I lacked mental confidence in myself I guess. We talk about that in the parent's version of this book, too.)

We took the long journey of ups and downs. We struggled to help our young athlete find his mental toughness. It was rough! However, luckily along the way, we found the winning formula thanks to being able to talk with sports icons personally. We launched a podcast together, and on it we interviewed sports mental-toughness giants like Chauncey Billups, Tywanna Smith, Keiko Yoshimine, Earl Boykins, Jason Richardson, and Kobe Bryant!

We studied what they did and said based on our interviews, and we came up with a mental-toughness plan that worked! We followed their journey and their advice. We wrote down what worked for our young athlete, and we put it in this book so that you would be able to skip a lot of the struggle and failure part. No need for everyone to struggle right? 

In this book we are going to share with you what we learned from talking to NBA athletes, NFL athletes, EuroLeague athletes, college coaches, and college athletes as well.  

  • Does your child perform better in practice than they do when the game or when the "lights come on"? 
  • Do they seem like they are losing their love for the game?
  • Do you want to help them?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you are in the right place.

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Great for the young elite athlete

My son has had not so good coaches who push him hard and demand perfection. Dont get me wrong, he thrives on the demanding atmosphere and is harder on himself and wholeheartedly believes in earning his spot. The not so good part comes in thier response to mistakes which are inevitable for an 8 year old QB learning his craft. Thier negativity and telling him they don't think he has "it" and they don't believe in him everyime he makes a bad throw took a major toll on his mental game. He listened to this book in 1 day and already seems excited to put the concepts in play. He got outside right after and got to work. Unfortunately there aren't many options in the area for other teams so he is stuck with the toxic coach but hopefully with this new attitude he can overcome the negativity and let his hard work and talent overpower the toxicity!

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Father and Coach for 16 AAU

Overall, I like this audio book a lot. I think it was pretty smart to have the actual player (Moses), to speak/author the book rather than a parent or trainer. I feel this better connects with today’s younger athletes. I coach a 16u AAU team as well as my son. As a coach and father there’s tons of videos and tutorials to increase the physical game. But the mental aspect of basketball and sports in general is severely lacking. After coaching 10 plus years, I firmly believe the mental aspect is just as important if not more than the physical side. I was impressed that this audio actually held my sons attention (which is really hard given social media these days). There’s a lot of good insight in the audio book. My feedback would be I wished more info was given regarding the books that were suggested to read and why it was important. But overall a lot of useful tips and great listen.

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Youth mental toughness

My kids enjoyed listening to this book. Especially because a high school aged kids is reading this book. There are a lot of references to athletes my kids know and like. I did not know who Troy and Moses Horne were prior to listening to this book but now we search them out after hearing this book.

Thank you Troy and Moses

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