People who are strong-minded aren’t hard to pick out of a crowd but true mental toughness is sometimes hard to find. Toughness is not usually seen in the actions of a person, rather in the reaction of that person. If you know someone who seems to be a mental rock, they seem to know what they want and know how to get it. People that are mentally tough have an answer to every question, an idea for every circumstance and they strive and excel in times when faced with panic or failure. We all aspire to gain or sharpen our mental toughness and there are six major characteristics of mental toughness:
CONFIDENCE: Having the belief in yourself may increase your mental toughness if applied correctly. If you believe in your ability to succeed, then you are preparing yourself for success and bracing yourself in case of obstacles.
FOCUS: When a person cannot stay focused it is easy for them to mentally collapse in high pressure situations. The ability to concentrate on the task at hand and stay focused on that task is an unbelievably important skill that cannot seem master.
MOTIVATION: Have you ever been excited about a goal and then weeks later you lose your excitement? Of course you have, everyone has. Finding motivation is easy, keeping motivation is a challenge. Motivation ties from the lack of or a shift of focus. In situations when the climb is uphill, motivation, focus, and resiliency should be your best friends.
COURAGE: Remember that being courageous is not being fearless; rather it is having fear but acting as if you don’t. Acts of courage are usually accompanied by a mountain of fear but a courageous person will do what they have to do in order to get done that which has to get done.
COMPOSURE: There are a lot of good synonyms for composure such as self-possession, coolness, equanimity and control. In tough situations its important to keep your composure to better asses and tackle the challenge at hand.
RESILIENCY: It doesn’t matter how confident, focused, motivated, courageous, or composed you are, if you do not see your goal at the end then it may turn out to be pointless. Being resilient is pushing through until you reach your destination!
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