Have you ever wondered what makes someone a good leader? Or a good athlete? Why do some people accomplish their goals while others fail?
Usually we answer these questions by talking about the talent of top performers. We are quick to link it to intelligence. However, research studies say that intelligence only accounts for 30% of your achievement — and that’s at the extreme upper end. If that is the case, what makes a bigger impact on your performance and achievement than talent or intelligence?
Mental toughness is your answer to flourishing !
You may have seen evidence of this in your own experiences. Remember a friend or schoolmate who squandered their talent? Research is starting to reveal that mental toughness — or “ grit ” as they call it — plays a more important role than anything else for achieving your goals in health, business, sport, and life.
While up to now, grit has been observed as an unchanging personality trait, recent research in neuroscience and brain development has indicated that grit can be developed and may be teachable. That’s good news because you can’t do much about the genes you were born with, but you can do a lot to develop mental toughness and personal grit.
A mentally tough person is someone who is comfortable in their own skin, can take whatever comes along in their stride and mostly enjoy the challenge. It describes s certain mindset.
Mentally tough leaders are more consistent than their peers. They have a clear goal that they work towards each day. They don’t let short–term profits, negative feedback, or hectic schedules prevent them from continuing the march towards their vision. They make a habit of building up the people around them — not just once, but over and over and over again.
Mentally tough athletes possess the ability to disregard negative outcomes or adversity; they have the ability to control their emotions and silence the voice inside their head that says something is impossible. This psychological factor is usually the determinant that differentiates a winner and a loser in sports.
What does mental toughness mean to you? And what are the steps you will take to develop your grit and mental toughness to reach the top?
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