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Mental toughness

Mental toughness: How fit is your mind?

You’ve probably grown up being told how important it is to be physically fit and physically tough. Even from kindergarten, most schools have a sport and exercise program. While physical fitness is still important, so too is having a fit and healthy mind.


Mental toughness is having an edge that allows you to cope better than others in tough situations. When people are mentally tough, they are focused, confident, resilient, and remain in control when under pressure.

While sports stars in the Australian Cricket team and Rugby League have been coached on this for years, it’s only recently that people are starting to realise the importance of mental toughness in the work place.

Here are 10 tips to help you be mentally tough:
 
  1. When you’re faced with a knock back, look for solutions, don’t focus on the problem.
  2. When you’re given feedback, use it to better yourself, don’t be upset by it.
  3. When you have a bad day, come home, relax and make tomorrow a new day.
  4. If something goes wrong, it’s not the end of the world. It’s just one thing.
  5. If you make a mistake, don’t focus on what hasn’t worked, focus on what has.
  6. Be curious and confident, not sensitive and shy.
  7. Be prepared to be the rookie, learning a new skill takes time and patience.
  8. How you behave is a choice, make the best decisions possible.
  9. Be proactive, not reactive.
  10. When your boss is in a bad mood, don’t take it personally.
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