The element of control in mental toughness

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Those who have higher levels of mental toughness are better able to deal effectively with challenge, stressors and pressure in life and business, irrespective of the circumstances. According to research by Professor Peter Clough and colleagues, the core components of mental toughness are control, commitment, challenge and confidence. This post focuses on control. It explains … Read more

Entrepreneurs: Develop these two critical capabilities to build mental toughness

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In previous posts I have looked at what mental toughness is, how it relates to stress, and the potential downsides when mental toughness is overdone. With this background material in place, I can now start to introduce some ideas about how you can increase your levels of mental toughness. Build mental toughness The formulation of … Read more

Is there a downside to mental toughness and resilience?

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In the previous post, I looked at mental toughness as it relates to stress. In particular I covered how mental toughness operates to insulate the mentally tough person against the ill-effects of stress. And this happens because when you have higher levels of mental toughness, you are more likely to interpret potentially stressful circumstances positively … Read more

Why we need to understand mental toughness and stress

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Mental toughness and stress Stress is our response to circumstances that we perceive as threats. Usually this means that we don’t feel as if we have the resources to cope. For entrepreneurs or business people, these circumstances might be external, such as financial pressures or problems with clients or suppliers, but they can also, and … Read more