As far as personality traits go, mental toughness is an interesting one. It can improve your performance, it can influence your wellbeing, and it can make you a more successful person, professionally and personally. It’s the ability to bounce back from a challenge and seek out a new route to achieve success. Having the resilience to rebound from failure and the confidence to seize opportunities. People who are mentally touch are focused on the outcome. They become better at honing in on it to ensure the right outcome and shutting out the noise around them.
It is possible to measure mental toughness and that measurement is based on addressing the four components of mental toughness. We’ll address each of them below.
Think of this as your self-esteem. You have a purpose in this life and you hold control over your emotions and ultimately, your life. In terms of mental toughness, control is about how in control you feel over life. Do you believe you are capable of positively influencing your life through your own actions and behaviors? If you feel in control, then there’s a good chance you know who you are, what you want, and how to achieve it. However, you can improve your control by learning how to regulate your feelings and manage stress and anxiety. If you don’t have a handle on the control you likely feel like you can’t influence any outcome and that things in life merely happen to you.
Are you reliable? Are you focused? That’s commitment. If you’re high on this count then you are capable of setting goals and consistently achieving them. You’re successful when it comes to set routines that serve your success. However, if you find yourself at the other end of the commitment scale, then you likely struggle with prioritizing tasks and struggle with both setting and achieving goals.
Obviously this is your self-belief, but it also involves influence. Do you believe you are capable of performing both proficiently and productively? Do you believe you have the power and capability to influence others? High confidence means you possess the self-belief necessary to complete tasks others don’t believe they can. You can handle setbacks. On the other side of the spectrum, people low on confidence are unsettled easily by setbacks. They’re left feeling undermined and unable to contend with challenges.
Are you adaptable? Are you driven? Scoring high on the challenge component means that you want to achieve your personal best. You want to do your best, be your best, and challenges are simply opportunities as opposed to threats. If you find yourself on the low end of the scale, then changes and challenges are threats, which means you avoid both. When you avoid challenge and change you put yourself in the comfort zone and become a passenger in life.
Do you like to be challenged? Do you easily adapt to change? Are you filled with confidence in regards to your ability to succeed? Then you are likely high on the mental toughness scale. The only work you have is to maintain it and ensure your mental toughness isn’t overriding other skills important to your success.
If you don’t like to be challenged, struggle to adapt, and don’t feel confident, then you have some work to do. The good news, of course, is that like any muscle, mental toughness can be exercised to great effect. Bear the four components above in mind as you embark on your journey to boost your mental toughness. Consider working on each of them in turn for the best results.