Scott Allan - Cultivating a Resilient Mindset
Scott Allan writes books that focus on changing old routines, overcoming self-defeating behavior and the best strategies on dealing with rejection. He believes that successful living is a series of small actions taken consistently on a daily basis in order to build an empowering and freedom-based lifestyle. As our Author of the Day, Scott tells us all about his book, Undefeated.
Please give us a short introduction to what Undefeated is about.
Undefeated will show you the strategies to persevere and become resilient in your mindset. You will take action to defeat the self defeating behaviors and habits causing you to lose. You will learn the art of finishing what you started and following through with massive action.
What you will discover in Undefeated is how to:
Develop a system of goals that generates maximum achievement
Implement the 10 traits of Undefeated champions
Stay accountable to the end
Raise your energy levels for greater productivity and getting things done
Build your identity as someone who achieves goals and become a true finisher
Adopt the mindset, “I can do this!”, no matter what the challenges ahead may be
Stick to your right course of action—even when the road is most difficult; and
Develop an unbeatable mindset that transcends difficult obstacles and defeats resistance.
Was there anything in particular, an incident or some idea that came to mind that made you want to tackle this?
My mission is to master the mindset for peak performance. By implementing a set of strategies for performing at your best, even when the odds are stacked against you, gives you a huge advantage. By always striving to go the distance, we can finish stronger than most people who give up half way to the finish line.
Undefeated not only focuses on winning goals but on destroying bad habits. Why is this important to do?
A system of bad habits impacts performance level in both mental and physical health. Bad habits run on "Autopilot" and can sabotage your best efforts. It's like trying to drive a high performance vehicle with the parking brake on.
Why did you title this book "Undefeated"?
I want my readers to shift their Mindset from "settling" for what they can get to going after what they really want. But to do this, you need to have the attitude that "I am unstoppable, unbeatable and undefeatable. I can do and have this thing I want."
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
I am a storyteller by nature and connect with people through this. A secret skill would be intuitively knowing the next action step to take. I can't always explain why I must do it but am driven by something to "take that next leap forward".
The book also deals with overcoming buried trauma. Why did you take this approach?
If we can overcome our hidden self-defeating behaviours, and the associated trauma that comes with it, nothing can stand in your way.
Why do so many people give up on their goals and dreams?
There are a number of reasons. They don't get the results they want right away, expecting things to change overnight. It takes time and it is more than just changing your routine around. You need to realize success isn't an event but an ongoing process. It is happening everyday in the habits, actions and thoughts you have. People give up because they are waiting for that day to "become successful", not realizing that this is happening NOW. What you do today is your success. It is not the achievement of a goal that is successful but the steps you take to get there.
Why is resilience important?
Without it, we would give up after 3 weeks, 6 months, or 10 years.
Your focus is also on an unbeatable mindset. Why is mindset so important?
Mindset sets the stage for everything to move forward. You should cultivate a mindset of, not from where you are now but, who you intend to be, the kind of person you need to think and act like to make significant changes. Your mindset is like all of the production work behind the scenes. Think about the last time you watched a terrific play, while most of the action is happening in front of you, behind the scenes the real success of what you're seeing is being organized and directed by someone else. Your mindset is that "person" behind the curtain making things happen.
What surprised you most about readers' reactions to this book?
Many have said it is the best book I wrote. I am biased when it comes to that. Each book I write stands alone as its own and I like to think I can do better with each book.
Do you have any interesting writing habits, what is an average writing day like for you?
I write from 5:30am in the morning. My average daily word count is from 2-3000 words a day. I move around a lot in the day, often working at home and then the library or Starbucks. It's good to change up the routine.
What are you working on right now?
My next 3 book projects are in the pipeline. I will be releasing Empower Your Thoughts in late July as well as a boxset for my Lifestyle mastery Series. I'm working on a new book now called FAIL BIG slated for September release.
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
At my website scottallanauthor.com and you can download this free gift here: