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How Mentally Strong Are You?

mental strengthI think most of us would like to think that we have what it takes to succeed; determination, grit, Mental Strength.

But how do we know for sure?

After all you can’t improve what you can’t measure.

Until recently Mental Strength (toughness) was subjective.  We would look at a business person, an athlete, or an artist achieve great success in the face of adversity and say, “WOW…they’re mentally strong!”

We would determine a person’s Mental Strength by their success.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have a way to measure this.

What is Mental Strength?

A good place to start is defining what mental toughness is.  Until recently there hasn’t been a solid description of what mental toughness is.

Then in 2012 after numerous case studies and research Clough & Strycharczyk developed this widely accepted definition of mental toughness.

“Mental Toughness is a personality trait which determines in large part how people deal with challenge, stressors and pressure …. irrespective of prevailing circumstances.”

Why is Mental Strength Important?

Through research, several benefits of being mentally strong have emerged.  They are:

  • Performance: Individuals perform more effectively in terms of volume and quality of work.
  • Positive Behavior: The higher the level of Mental Strength, the more the individual demonstrates positive behaviors.
  • Well-being: The greater the level of Mental Strength, the greater the sense of well-being.
  • Aspirations: Studies show that Mental Strength appears to be positively correlated with career aspirations and aspirations in general.
  • Employability: There is a clear relationship between an individual’s Mental Strength and their ability to not only get a job, but to get the job they want.
  • Completion Rates: A mentally strong person is more likely to complete a project on time and on target.
  • Other Considerations: Developing psychological or emotional resilience and Mental Strength is a very important life skill.

mental toughnessWhat Makes Up Mental Strength?

There are four major components of Mental Strength and they are:

Control – Control means having a sense of self-worth and describes the extent to which a person feels in control of their life and their circumstances. Importantly, it also describes the extent to which they can control the display of their emotions.

A mentally strong person will usually “get on with it” irrespective of how they feel and their positive approach can often lift the spirits of those around them.

Commitment – Commitment is about goal orientation and ‘stickability’ and describes the extent to which someone is prepared to set goals for what they need to do and make measurable promises that, once made, they will work hard to deliver on.

Control and Commitment, when combined, are what most people mean when they think of resilience. They are indeed a solid response to adversity, but resilience is largely a passive quality and is only one part of Mental Strength.

Challenge – Challenge describes the extent to which the individual will push back their boundaries, embrace change and accept risk. It’s also about how they see all outcomes – good and bad.

Mentally strong people view challenges, change and adversity as opportunities rather than threats and will relish the chance to learn and grow in new and unknown situation. Someone whose challenge score is high will typically enjoy new places, new people, innovation and creativity.

Confidence – Confidence completes the picture and describes the self-belief an individual has in their own abilities and the interpersonal confidence they have to influence others and deal with conflict and challenge. When faced with a challenge, mentally strong people scoring high in confidence, will possess the self-belief to deal with the situation and the inner strength to stand their ground when needed. Their confidence enables them to represent their view boldly and be comfortable in handling objections.

Each of these 4 C’s has an important effect on your Mental Strength. To view a sample report click HERE

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BuyNowButtonCan You Develop Mental Strength?

You can!

Mental Strength is a malleable  personality trait which means it can be developed.

Developing Mental Strength generally happens by teaching you to handle stress more effectively through making fundamental changes to the way you think about problems and by teaching you the tactics and strategies that mentally tough people use.

Either approach can work, although the program needs to be tailored as you will likely have a unique profile with different strengths and development needs.  The Mental Toughness psychometric tool (questionnaire)  measures your Mental Strength. After reflection and ideally a conversation with an experienced Mental Strength practitioner, you would commit to a purposeful practice using the appropriate techniques.  These techniques fall into 5 categories:

  1. Positive Thinking: There are many techniques for developing a “can do” mindset which include self-talk and stopping or reframing negative thoughts.
  2. Mental Rehearsal: This involves developing your ability to first imagine something in your head to help you deal with a real event.
  3. Energy Management: Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques will enable you to deal with those panic moments when things seem out of control, producing a physiological reaction.
  4. Goal Setting: Tools and techniques that support the development of your sense of purpose and how to set about achieving it.
  5. Attention Control: Used extensively in sports to teach athletes how to focus better and longer, as well as developing mindfulness, which is learning how to notice what is happening around you.

How to Measure Mental Strength

Now that we know each component of Mental Strength, the next step is to measure it.  This is done by the Mental Toughness Questionnaire.

The Mental Toughness Questionnaire is a dynamic and revealing diagnostic test that identifies the resilience and mental toughness of individuals. The tool can be used to enable a program of interventions to help the learner change their Mental Strength, or it can show someone how to adopt the behaviors that a mentally strong person would have.

The Mental Toughness Questionnaire is an online assessment and made up of 48 questions and takes just minutes to complete. Results are generated quickly and presented as scores on a scale of 1–10. To view a sample report click HERE.

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mental strength Where is Mental Strength Useful?

Being Mentally Strong has been proven to be beneficial in improving performance, increasing positivity and aspirations, creating greater well-being as well as a calmer and lower stress response to change.

As a result, the Mental Toughness Questionnaire has many useful applications.  Especially for people and organizations that are subject to pressures and challenges or wherever performance, behavior and well-being is an issue.

The Mental Toughness Questionnaire is Widely Used in Businesses for:

  • Training & Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Coaching
  • Organization Development
  • Performance
  • Talent Management
  • Career Transition and Outplacement
  • Work-Life Balance

The Mental Toughness Questionnaire is Widely Used in Sport

The beneficial impact of Mental Toughness is well understood by most coaches and athletes.  The key areas are:

  • Performance
  • Positive Behavior
  • Well-being
  • Aspirations

There is a version of the Mental Toughness Questionnaire specifically for the Sports sector using language applicable in the sporting world. The results enable coaches, trainers and athletes to make better assessments and identify why they do or do not perform under pressure.

It can also explain why some athletes are better suited at contact sports and why some perform better in team sports than in solitary sports. It also explains why an athlete of lesser ability can often and will often beat an athlete of greater ability.

Health and Fitness

General Health – Diet and fitness research suggests the greater the level of Mental Strength, the more likely an individual is to maintain good fitness and eating habits. To view a sample report click HERE.

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mental toughnessIn Summary

We now have:

  • The ability to define and describe an important aspect of our personality – Mental Strength.
  • A concept which is accessible to everyone and which helps to explain performance, well-being and behavior.
  • The first psychometric measure which measures an individual’s Mental Strength – it is valid & reliable.
  • A Mental Strength Development program which delivers measurable results.

The result is a complete package which has valuable applications in the social, health, sports, educational and occupational worlds.

Two Ways to Utilize the Mental Toughness Questionnaire as an Individual:

  1. DYI – You take the assessment, receive the results as well as a developmental plan and workbook.  Your success is up to your commitment to do the work.
  2. 8 Week Intensive – With this package you will receive the same information as the DYI above and you’ll be coached for 8 weeks, as well as have the opportunity to take the Mental Toughness Questionnaire again after the coaching sessions.  This way you’ll see how far you have traveled.

The Mental Toughness Questionnaire and Coaching is also Available for:

  • Business
    • Groups like sales, customer service and marketing.
  • Athletics
    • Teams, Individual sports, athletic coaches and trainers.

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