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Confidence Boosters

6 WAYS TO BECOME MORE CONFIDENT Mental Toughness comprises: resilience – the ability to setback from setbacks and failures and confidence – the ability to spot and seize opportunities. Within the MTQ48 framework, the confidence subscale embraces both self-belief and...

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14 Ways to Cope with Workplace Stress

Workplace stress can be severe due to workplace changes, mergers and acquisitions, organizational changes, a missed promotion, an unforeseen demotion, bullying, conflicts with colleagues or broken employee-employer relationships. In Australia alone, stress related...

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Mental Toughness Poems

Have you ever had one of those "I can't believe I didn't think of that before moments!"? I just did when I came across a poem I'd had on my study wall for several years when I was going through a difficult time in my life. The poem in question was Invictus by William...

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Marie Curie – A Model of Mental Toughness

The second of our new series of mental toughness role models. Each features an individual who has clearly and consistently demonstrated the elements of Mental Toughness that we call the 4Cs. Mental Toughness embraces what is commonly known as Resilience and adds the...

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How to Overcome Adversity

I am always buoyed by reading stories of people who transform their hardships into successful outcomes. They usually always need an incredibly resolute and positive mindset to overcome circumstances that the rest of us couldn’t imagine and thereby overcome adversity....

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You Can Build Mental Toughness

TWO REASONS LE BRON JAMES IS WRONG ABOUT MENTAL TOUGHNESS Around the dinner table, my sons and I talk basketball and homework, in that order. We’re Bucks, OKC Thunder and Spurs fans and with the playoffs less than a month away there’s plenty of interest in the...

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Mindfulness Meditation Using A Toothbrush

Being Mindful With Your Toothbrush – How To Fit Meditation Into Your Day Mindfulness meditation brings a range of benefits including reducing stress and anxiety, improving emotional control, sharpening your concentration and making your brain work faster. Mindfulness...

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Four Great Ways To Focus Right Now

In the modern world of work, with endless distractions caused by open plan offices, social media and technological overload, it is hard to maintain focus on the job in hand. However, one of the characteristics of a mentally tough person is their ability to do what it...

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Muhammad Ali – A Model of Mental Toughness

The third of our new series of mental toughness role models is in many ways is one of the easiest to offer as a role model. Each post features an individual who has clearly and consistently demonstrated the elements of Mental Toughness that we call the 4Cs. Mental...

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What the Mentally Tough do

Mental Toughness is that aspect of your personality which describes how you think. Sometimes described as "attitude" or "mindset", it's important in its own right, and its important because it influences strongly how we act (our Behaviour) and how we feel (our...

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You Snooze You Win – The Best Time To Wake Up

DOES AN EARLY MORNING START HELP YOU SEIZE THE DAY? I’m naturally an early riser believing that the early start helps me to ease into my morning routines and rituals (meditation, visualisation, classic FM and plenty of caffeine) and be able to seize the day. Since its...

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5 Quick Tips On Being More Productive

I love reading articles on being more productive so that I can become more productive myself and also to find practical tips I can pass on. Here are five courtesy of Stepahnie Vozza at Fast Company, my all time favourite business journal since the beginning of time....

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Do You Have An Action Addiction?

Slow Down To Speed Up – Learn From The Cheetah On How To Have A More Productive Day I had one of those days last week when I was frantically busy all day through calls, emails and meetings but at the end of the day I hadn’t achieved anything major on my ‘to do’ list....

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When Going For It Is Not The Right Choice

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners As a mental toughness practitioner, I’m always talking about the importance of going beyond your comfort zone and becoming comfortable in being uncomfortable. Invariably that means overriding your body’s inbuilt “risk...

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Stress Interview: Did They Go Too Far?

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners Reading the transcript of this recent stress interview between an experienced HR professional and a potential graduate trainee in Hong Kong reinforced that there IS a better way of testing a candidate’s ability to perform...

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The 4C’s Mental Toughness Framework

I had a coaching session today, which reaffirmed the simplicity and power of the 4C’s mental toughness framework. It is so simple to understand, communicate and use for personal development across many different situations. I felt it was worth revisiting through a...

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How Happiness Lights Up Your Whole Body

This study by a team of Finnish researchers mapping the links between bodily sensations and emotions of 701 participants found that happiness, more than any other emotion, activates the whole body. The researchers induced different emotions in the participants and...

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The Power of a Mental Shift

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners. MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND BENJAMIN HARDY’S EXCELLENT ‘TWO MENTAL SHIFTS’ ARTICLE Every once in a while you read a thoroughly intelligent, thought provoking article and Benjamin Hardy’s ‘The 2 Mental Shifts Highly Successful...

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Develop Your Own Happiness Habit

Original Post from Paul Lyons at Mental Toughness Partners I used to think happiness was a range of positive emotions that could equally appear and disappear at the whim of someone else, only to be replaced with negative feelings such as sadness, doubt and grief. Now...

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Who is the Narcissist in your office?

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners Narcissists get a bad rap. It could be because they are egotistical, self absorbed and arrogant and have little concern for the feelings of others.  However, a narcissist is often quite popular in the early stages of their...

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Develop A Tough Mindset

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners Enduring Your Daily Discomfort Will Help You Develop A Tough Mindset. What’s Your Daily Discomfort? Having a tough mindset means that you have the mental resolve and single mindedness to achieve your goals, without being...

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Manage Stress with Breathing

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners USING BREATHING TO DEFUSE YOUR ADRENALIN STRESS – A SIMPLE STEP BY STEP APPROACH Adrenalin, your body’s highly effective stress hormone can be distressing and disorientating as it floods your system and prepares you to...

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Why A Cold Shower Sets You Up To Seize The Day

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners With Sydney’s current heat wave producing night time temperatures in the mid 20’s C, (77 F) a cold shower first thing in the morning has been a welcome way to cool down. Inadvertently I have found it’s also a great way to...

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Brain Training – How To Maintain Focus

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners 3 Simple Brain Training Tips From Neuroscience It is easy to lose our focus and become distracted from achieving our goals. Here are the reasons why from the world of neuroscience and three simple brain training strategies...

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Why Mindset Matters for S&OP

Original post from Niels van Hove and Supply Chain Trend In an extensive review of S&OP literature, Tuomikangas & Kaipia* suggest S&OP culture and leadership as one of six S&OP mechanisms to improve S&OP performance. According to them, this...

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How To Take Control

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners Why You Should Just Take Control Of What You Can Control Feeling overwhelmed and out of control is unfortunately too common in our helter skelter world, as wave after wave of stress and pressure comes our way with seemingly...

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Why Actively Listening is Important

Original post from Mental Toughness Partners How I Acquired The Best and Most Advanced Communication Device On The Market For Free – You Can Too The best and most advanced communication device on the market is free and readily available. It’s a listening device that I...

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Mental Toughness and Basketball

Orginally posted by Mental Toughness Partners here Basketball is a sport that requires its players to be mentally tough and this discipline was amply illustrated on our son’s school’s recent basketball tour to the USA.  During this 3 week tour, 28 boys and 7 coaches...

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Realise Your Potential at Kingswood

Boosting student performance and well-being at Ormiston Sudbury Academy KIngswood's Realise Your Potential programme featuring Mental Toughness has recently been featured in The Educator - Read article here The programme is aimed around developing performance,...

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What Is Workplace Happiness Anyway?

Would you rather be happy at work or enjoy fair pay, reasonable hours and be valued by those you work with and for? Or can you have both?  Is workplace happiness achieveable? I read with great interest the article “The Cult of Compulsory Happiness is Ruining our...

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Achieving Peak Performance

PSYCH YOURSELF UP FOR “PEAK PERFORMANCE” 6 PEAK PERFORMANCE TIPS FROM HIGH PERFORMING ATHLETES We all experience key situations in our day where we need to be operating at peak performance to ensure the best possible outcome. This could be a meeting, a presentation or...

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Information Overload – Feeling Frazzled?

Feeling Frazzled?  The Solution Is As Easy As A Walk In The Park When you are feeling frazzled, your brain has reached information overload and is filled with thoughts, decisions to make, deadlines and pressure, pressure, pressure, it may be that finding the solution...

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What Makes Successful Recruiters?

SUCCESSFUL RECRUITERS ARE MENTALLY TOUGH Have you noticed that often it is not the most talented recruiters that are the most successful recruiters, but more those with the resilience and confidence to consistently overcome challenges and issues? Their positive...

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How Important Is Trust In The Workplace?

Trust in the workplace, in my experience is a critical ingredient for a happy and successful work place.  If employees trust the motives of the organisation’s leadership, their manager and their colleagues, then they are much more likely to feel engaged, empowered,...

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13 things mentally strong people don’t do

Mental strength isn't often reflected in what you do. It's usually seen in what you don't do. In her book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," Amy Morin writes that developing mental strength is a "three-pronged approach." It's about controlling your thoughts,...

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Creating a Positive Work Culture

WHY NEGATIVE PEOPLE CAN POISON YOUR WORK CULTURE AND 4 WAYS TO HELP YOU KEEP IT POSITIVE Bad apples are everywhere and they can, if unchecked, transform an otherwise positive work culture into a negative one. Here are some reasons it happens and ways to overcome it....

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8 Gems To Use To Find Your Best Self

One of the ways to unlock greater personal wellbeing and performance is to find your “best self” and this recent article by Luke Mulcahy, reproduced below, is an excellent one to show you ways to achieve this. Mental Toughness is a big factor in becoming your best...

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Are You Addicted To Your Smart Phone?

ANSWER THESE FIVE QUESTIONS TO FIND OUT Smart phones have been around for no more than ten years and yet most users, myself included, are addicted to our smart phones, which adds immeasurably to our stress levels. Here are five quick questions to test whether you are...

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Robots Can Read Your Human Emotions

We are becoming scarily close to AI when machines can accurately recognise human emotions. Dr Luke Chang from the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Colorado and his team of researchers have found that negative human emotions have a ‘neural...

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What are the Attributes of a Successful Leader?

We can identify a long list of attributes when defining what makes a successful leader.  We also know that a successful leader adapts their leadership style to each situation at hand just like a golfer chooses the best club for each swing.  In this interesting blog...

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How Not To Feel Anxious

GREAT ADVICE ON HOW NOT TO FEEL ANXIOUS FROM JK ROWLING, STEVE JOBS AND OTHERS Two important steps in becoming mentally tough are overcoming adversity and becoming comfortable with uncomfortable situations. Both scenarios can create overwhelming anxiety and stress...

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