If you want a personal development framework for success, I recommend you explore MTQ48. This simple, effective, well-validated psychometric measure takes no more than ten minutes to complete online and will set you up for a successful career.
MTQ48 measures your mental toughness, the personality trait that comprises:
- resilience – your ability to survive tough situations and setbacks
- confidence, which is your drive and ability to flourish.
MTQ48 has 4 elements – the 4Cs of:
each of which represent an important foundation stone for personal development.
Each of these characteristics determines how you feel and act. These characteristics can be coached and developed to improve your overall mental toughness.
The “rockstars of mental toughness – Doug Strycharzcyk from AQR and Professor Peter Clough, Professor of Applied Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University” have identified that mental toughness consists of four components “the 4Cs”.
Your Control is your ‘sense of purpose and self-worth’ and describes the extent to which you feel in control of your life and your circumstances. Also, importantly it describes the extent to which you can control the display of your emotions. A mentally tough person who is strong on control is a glass ‘half full’ person who will usually just “get on with it” irrespective of how they feel. Their positive approach can often lift the spirits of those around them.
Your Commitment is your ‘stickability’ and describes the extent to which you are prepared to set goals for what you need to do and then will work hard to deliver on. A mentally tough person strong on commitment will be excited by measures goals and targets and will strive to achieve personal bests.
Control and Commitment together represent Resilience.
Your Challenge is your ‘drive’ and describes the extent to which you will push back your boundaries, embrace change and accept risk. It’s also about how you see all outcomes – good and bad. Mentally tough people strong on Challenge view challenges, change and adversity as opportunities rather than threats and will relish the chance to learn and grow in the new situation. They will typically enjoy new places, new people, innovation and creativity.
Your Confidence is your ‘self-belief’ in your own ability to perform and to influence others, especially in times of conflict and challenge. Mentally tough people scoring high in confidence will possess the self belief to deal with any situation and the inner strength to stand their ground when needed.
Challenge and Confidence together represent Confidence
THE BENEFITS OF MENTAL TOUGHNESS
Being mentally tough brings a variety of benefits for you as an individual. Extensive research worldwide has found that those with higher scores on the 4Cs scales enjoy the following:
- Better performance – it explains up to 25% of the variation in performance, a serious increment in the sales world.
- Improved positivity – adoption of more of a “can do” approach which leads to greater rapport and connectivity with clients candidates and colleagues.
- Greater wellbeing – more contentment and better stress management.
- Change management – a calmer lower stress response to organisational change.
- Increased aspirations – greater ambition and confidence in achieving those ambitions and a greater willingness to persevere to do so.
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