Almost every successful person whether they be in sport, business, family, leisure, possess mental toughness attributes. Although they may not view themselves entirely that way, they almost certainly have a more positive and disciplined mindset than most other people. This mindset enables them to focus on achieving the outcomes they want, rather than be distracted or diverted by external factors or their own internal mental obstacles.
It has been scientifically proven that mentally tough people are more successful, more positive and better able to manage their stress than those who aren’t as mentally tough.
Here are ten common mental toughness attributes. How many of these do you have?
- They possess an underlying mental strength, pride and self-belief.
- They focus on the outcome rather than the emotion of the situation.
- They have a strong sense of purpose and being in control and responsible for what happens in their life, rather than let things happen to them.
- They are able to stay calm and respond, not react, to stressful and emotional situations.
- They are motivated to perform by goals and targets and tend to structure their lives with lists and objectives.
- They do everything they can to achieve their goals and targets and not be distracted or diverted from doing so.
- They are comfortable with change, working outside their comfort zone and can quickly adapt to new situations and circumstances.
- They view setbacks and failures as learning opportunities and they are always striving to be the best they can be.
- They are confident in their own abilities.
- They are able to influence others through the strength of their social and communication skills.
The good news is that Mental Toughness, which comprises both resilience (defined as the ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures) and confidence (defined as the ability to spot and seize opportunities) can be measured and then developed through a series of simple mental exercises – like going to the gym but for your mind.
The measurement occurs through MTQ-Plus, a simple scientifically proven online psychometric tool which measures the way people think about their day at work and in leisure.