Mental Toughness for Success

Mental ToughnessFew of us wake up in the morning with the intention of being a hero. Instead, we hope to get by without any major stumbling blocks and aim to do what is expected of us.

It’s only when confronted with obstacles that threaten to derail our routines and plans that we don the armor and go into battle. As they say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Here’s something to think about: What if we’re missing opportunities to get what we want  ̶  and help others get what they want  ̶  by not seeing the obstacles early enough?

Successful people don’t limit their worldview. They aren’t imprisoned in their mind by circumstances. They see a universe of possibilities. They don’t want to simply “get by,” but rather they use mental toughness to ask for more, no matter the barriers.

“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it ‘character in action.’” – Vince Lombardi

Mental toughness means perceiving, understanding, using, and managing feelings. When you are aware and curious about emotions, you are sensitive to others’ needs. This puts you in a stronger position to sort out negative from positive feelings and make better decisions.

This article explores mental toughness and its requirements, and offers four tips to build mental toughness to overcome barriers, manage emotions, and increase success.


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The complete article includes these important concepts:

  • What is Mental Toughness?
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Discipline
  • Tips to Build Mental Toughness
    • Emotional Hot Buttons
    • Observation
    • Complacency
    • Gratitude


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