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Mental Toughness - How tough do you think you are?

It’s sometimes hard to measure how to determine ones resilience when it comes to mental toughness. I have been on several training sessions and seminars which have outlined ways to improve grit, determination and the ability to manage pressure and deadline which have all been helpful in different ways.

Posted by William Ong, Sales Recruiter, Wednesday February 3 2016

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It’s sometimes hard to measure how to determine ones resilience when it comes to mental toughness. I have been on several training sessions and seminars which have outlined ways to improve grit, determination and the ability to manage pressure and deadline which have all been helpful in different ways.

After a year in recruitment I have worked alongside some of the most resilient, mentally strong professionals I have had the pleasure of learning from who alongside being mentally strong are also top performers within the business.

1.Monitor your emotions

Contrary to popular belief, mental toughness is not about ignoring your emotions or thoughts, it's about monitoring them, being able to analyse them and know what they mean. The top performers I have observed do not allow the negative thoughts or emotions they might be feeling influence the way they perform, they have the ability to rise above this and take charge their emotions to actually change them into a positive outcome. Changing your physical state is the easiest way to change your emotional state for the better.

2.Practice self-compassion

Mental toughness is not about being your own harshest critic and strictest taskmaster. Instead, those with exceptional resilience speak to themselves in a reassuring, calm compassionate way rather than put downs and insults. I have experienced top performers who have mastered their own emotions are able to answer their inner critic just like they would answer an overpowering, micro managing boss – with calm thoughtful realistic goals and deadlines.

3.Be realistically optimistic

When it comes to your own optimistic outlook, it's all about balance. Head in the sky optimism will only lead to disappointment, but knee-jerk negativity will only lead to long term failure. To maintain just the right amount of realistic optimism the mentally tough have the ability to turn negative thinking into realistic goals and actions to create a positive outcomes.

4.Set healthy boundaries

You can't be mentally tough if you don't take responsibility for your own situation and actions. That means being firm about what is and is not acceptable to you instead of letting others influence your behaviour and emotions in ways that are not in line with your boundaries. The mentally tough, in other words, do not allow external influences to dictate weather they will stay within a positive productive mind-set or slip into negative short sighted way of thinking. 

5.Accept responsibility

You can't get better if you don't admit your weaknesses learn from mistakes.  If you refuse to accept responsibility for them you drastically limit your ability to grow with and improve your own performance. Being mentally mature enough to strengthen your weaknesses and grow from mistakes is simply in theory, but can be tough to reality.

How many of these traits do you display on a weekly and daily basis?

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