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Where does mental toughness come from? I’ll let Mr. Rollins start me off here with a quote I love about the Iron Mind…
“People have become separated from their bodies. They are no longer whole. I see them move from their offices to their cars and on to their suburban homes. They stress out constantly, they lose sleep, they eat badly. And they behave badly. Their egos run wild; they become motivated by that which will eventually give them a massive stroke. They need the Iron Mind.”
What is Mental Toughness?
Mental toughness is a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace.
Mental toughness is “Having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to: generally, cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle) that sport places on a performer; specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure.” (1)
Some key words stand out in these definitions:
- DeHabit #3 Monitor and Adjust Your Self-Talktermined
- Psychological Edge
Habit #1 Test Your Metal
The only way to get the iron mind is to push yourself physically beyond what you were previously capable of. Growth is hard and painful. The mind resists and begs you to stop. This is your chance to prove to yourself that you can overcome pain and difficulty.
Habit #2 Choose How You Interpret Stress
Mentally tough people do not just react to stress. They choose how they interpret stress and how they will choose to deal with it. They realize that the stress itself has no real power. All of the power lies within us to make a choice on how we’re going to deal with external stressors.
Habit #3 Monitor and Adjust Your Self-Talk
“our findings suggest that self-talk strategies can make
a valuable contribution to skill acquisition, learning, and task
performance enhancement” (2)
How to Improve Self Talk for Improved Mental Toughness
According to an article in Psychology Today, there are 4 steps you can take:
- Notice what you’re already telling yourself. Pay attention to it.
- Ignore unhelpful self-talk
- Pick a “power phrase.” Something that makes you feel motivated
- Pick a phrase or reminder word to help you stay focused.
Our mind can be our greatest enemy or our most valuable asset. Monitoring and adjusting your self talk can be a huge step in increasing mental toughness.
Habit #4 Visualize
Taking just a few minutes each day to visualize can make a big impact on how we react and perform. Studies have shown that the mind doesn’t really know the difference As Tony Robbins says.. “In life, we get what we are, not what we want.” You have to BE, not want. If something is important enough that you dream of it, then you have to be willing to forego temporary satisfaction in the name of achieving, and becoming something much greater.
between strong visualizations and actual activity.
Athletes use visualization all the time. Research has shown that visualizing shooting and making free throws can actually improve shooting.
Habit #5 Be Disciplined. Delay Gratification
“The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day. when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win – you pass the test.”
A hallmark trait of someone with mental toughness is the ability to forego what they want right now, in exchange for something greater later on.
Habit #6 Control Your Emotions
Mentally tough people remain in control. They tell themselves that nothing is going to stop them, and they mean it. When something is making you feel like you’re going to lose control of your emotions, use your self talk and focus on who you are. Like i said before, it will become a habit just like anything else repeated over and over.
YOU are in control. This is your life, your mind. You get to choose who you are and what you’re going to accomplish. Being mentally tough is a choice. If you want it, you’ve got a great start with this article. The only question is.. what will you do now?