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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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Reset Your Thinking

THIS SIMPLE BLACK LINE CAN HELP YOU TO RESET YOUR THINKING AND ADJUST YOUR MINDSET TODAY AND EVERYDAY. ______________________________ Are you above the line or below the line? Following on from my recent post ‘Are Your Team Standards Above The Line or Below The Line?’...

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Mental Toughness Definition: MT = R + C

Mental Toughness Definition Expressed As An Equation I discussed this equation “MT = R + C”, that is the Mental Toughness definition, in numerous public forums last week. Thank you to the business support team at Accountability for hosting their personal development...

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Do You Possess Psychological Flexibility

In today’s post Michelle Bakjac of Bakjac Consulting shows how Psychological Flexibility and Mental Toughness combine to achieve effectiveness not only at work but in your every day life. THE ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL FLEXIBILITY IN BUILDING MENTAL TOUGHNESS, PERFORMANCE...

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Your Digital Detox – 10 Simple Rules

Sleep is the most precious commodity.  A simple change in bedtime habits and smartphone settings can improve the quality of your sleep and the digital detox needed for a good night’s sleep. Courtesy of the excellent Psyblog here are 10 simple rules to help you...

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Reflective Questions for Leaders

I really like Michelle’s Bakjac’s view on the biggest room in any organisation is the room for improvement and the list of challenging but reflective questions she poses of leaders. Michelle is our Adelaide based Mental Toughness Partner and her post below is well...

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Introducing AQR Coaching

After a number of requests, we thought we had better introduce AQR Coaching. AQR coaching is the UK delivery arm of AQR International, one of the world’s leading edge international test publishers. AQR Coaching are the experts in applying mental toughness and using...

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Mindfulness apps – do they work?

An app a day keeps the doctor away. Or does it? In an adaption of one of my late mother’s favourite health sayings, the release of the latest Apple Watch comes with a new ‘Breathe’ app which promises to help you better manage everydaystress and anxiety.  I think...

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Do female leaders suffer from charisma deficit?

This is an interesting question “do female leaders lack charisma” asked, and answered, by Elizabeth Winkler in Quartz magazine. Certainly the article caught my attention because at Mental Toughness Partners, when we coach male or female leaders to develop their mental...

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The Dying Art of Conversation

How to put your smart phone down and talk …. to anyone I travel frequently on buses, trains and planes and these days almost everyone has their eyes down, intently focused on their smart phone screen. Including me I’m ashamed to say. As a result, the art of...

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3 Things My Puppy Taught Me About Happiness

Last week we celebrated our puppy, Barnaby’s, first birthday! (Quick question: When is a puppy no longer a “puppy?” When he’s a year old?) As I wrote about here, and talked about on the podcast in episodes 24 and 27, I really debated about whether to get a dog. My...

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Are You a Worrier? Three Tips to Worry Less

I worry to some extent, of course, but I don’t think I worry as much as a lot of people. Many people worry about how much they worry! Recently, the New York Times had an interesting article by Roni Caryn Rabin,“Worried? You’re Not Alone.” In it, Rabin points out...

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MTQ48 Licensed User Training in China

Congratulations to Mr George Ubbelohde | CHA | CHE | CHT | CHIA, Executive Director and Dean of the YueXiu Institute of Hospitality Administration, Zhejiang University of Foreign Languages, on becoming an accredited MTQ48 Licensed User and a member of the Mental...

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The Essential Soft Skills Framework

A soft skills framework is essential for your success at work, especially in a leadership role or other positions that require a successful connection with others.  Developing strong and lasting professional relationships requires an understanding of the context of...

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Why Grit Is Your Energy Source

Growing up in the North of England in the 1960’s and 70’s grit was the all-important magic ingredient that enabled us to survive and flourish. With it we could hang in there through the toughest times and pick our moments to be opportunistic and get ahead. We...

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How Yoga Improves Your Mental Toughness

Yoga can improve your mental toughness by helping you be more reflective and calm, by positively managing your stress and building your self-belief and confidence. It fits in well with the definition of mental toughness and the related psychological measure MTQ48...

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Mastering the 3 Kinds of Listening Skills

Listening skills are an important EQ attribute and here’s a quick and interesting take on “physical,” “mental,” and “emotional” listening, and how to master them by Judith Humphrey from Fast Company magazine. We associate listening with our ears. The Stoic philosopher...

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Psychopaths in the Workplace

Why 1 in 5 Supply Chain Managers Are Ruthless Psychopaths I was presenting on mental toughness to Consortium 8 at 2020 Exchange yesterday and outlining the 4 C’s framework of: Control Commitment Challenge Confidence when the discussion moved onto Psychopaths in the...

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The Quickfire Q and A on Mental Toughness

Paul Lyons, CEO of Mental Toughness Partners recently spoke at the RCSA Conference in Port Douglas and has produced a quickfire Q and A from the interest generated. 1)  WHAT IS MENTAL TOUGHNESS? Mental Toughness is a personality trait that determines your ability to...

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Webinar Wednesday #3

#3 How to build a highly effective team The benefits of effective teamworking are well understood by organisations.  For many the development of a teamworking culture is a key element of the organisation’s overall strategy. In today’s rapidly evolving environment the...

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Quote of the week

This week’s quote is about staying in control, one of the 4C’s of mental toughness, by keeping everything in perspective. By not over celebrating the ups or over dramatizing the downs, you can keep an even keel and be much more sure of achieving success in your...

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Webinar Wednesday #2

#2 - How to be the best leader you can be Is there anything special about leadership in the 21st century? Well .... leadership hasn't changed but the context has. We live in challenging times. Change of all types is happening all around us and is accelerating...

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Training is a waste of money!

Most of us have been sent on numerous training courses and programmes throughout our careers, but how much of this training has actually led to our behaviour changing when we return to the workplace? The answer, according to research, is very little. Training has been...

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Mental Toughness and Emotional Intelligence

Is there a relationship between Mental Toughness and Emotional Intelligence is a frequently asked question. It's a good question and, like all the best questions, it has a potentially complex answer. At its simplest EI describes the extent which you are sensitive to...

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5 Ways To Build Your Mental Toughness

5 APPS TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR HABITS In order to build your mental toughness you need to change your mindset and develop new routines and habits. Here are 5 apps to help you build your habits, courtesy of the immensely enjoyable lifehack.org 66 days is how long it...

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The 5 Biggest Myths About Mental Strength

As a society, we spend a lot of time talking about physical strength. Newsstands are filled with weight lifting and fitness magazines, workout videos generate over 300 billion dollars a year, and TV commercials are dominated by the latest fad diets and weight loss...

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Webinar Wednesday #3

#3 How to build a highly effective team The benefits of effective teamworking are well understood by organisations.  For many the development of a teamworking culture is a key element of the organisation’s overall strategy. In today’s rapidly evolving environment the...

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Introducing Webinar Wednesdays

#1 How to be the best that you can be The world in which we live is full of pressures and stressors. For some of us that pressure is a driver. For others that same pressure will produce a different response. Mental Toughness is an aspect of our personality which...

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Tough Mind, Big Heart, Agile Brain

TOUGH MIND, BIG HEART, AGILE BRAIN – THE BEST CAREER ADVICE I CAN GIVE MY CHILDREN We know that insanity is hereditary and you get it from your children but what do our children get from their parents? Giving them sound career advice is now difficult because the whole...

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Quote of the Month

As you know we at Mental Toughness Partners believe mental toughness is a major contributor to success and this great quote by Henry Ford reinforces the notion that when the going gets tough, the tough get...

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Success – Suck It Up Princess . . .

3 Effective Ways to Grow your Mental Toughness Look at your old school photograph and invariably it is not the most talented of your classmates that have achieved career and life success but those that have been the most determined, resilient and confident. They have...

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Webinar Wednesday #2

#2 - How to be the best leader you can be Is there anything special about leadership in the 21st century? Well .... leadership hasn't changed but the context has. We live in challenging times. Change of all types is happening all around us and is accelerating...

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Mental Toughness in Sport

The Mental Toughness File We review some of this weekend’s mental toughness in sport: the Olympics, the Wallabies University of Notre Dame’s football team. HOW OLYMPIC ATHLETES GET MENTALLY TOUGH In this report in seeker.com, Eric Niiler describes that whilst training...

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Why use Psychometric Measures? #4 of 4

How can I develop Mental Toughness in People and in Organisations? The Mental Toughness model provides us with a comprehensive approach to assessing and developing an important aspect of developing the Human Capital in our organisations. Firstly, the Mental Toughness...

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Wellbeing and Otium

What did the Romans ever do for us? Apart from the Aqueduct, sanitation, roads, irrigation, education, wine and public order what did the Romans ever do for us? Otium. Otium ? Yes, Otium, the Romans’ forerunner to our concept of wellbeing. To contrast their military...

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Quote of the Week

This week’s quote has been claimed by a few authors but practised by tens of thousands of people every day. It is how you react and respond to what has happened that matters most and is another gold mark of mental toughness. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how...

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Carpe diem. Seize the day

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys.  Make your lives extraordinary.  Use the 4C’s of Mental Toughness Okay, it’s true that John Keating didn’t add the line about mental toughness when talking to his students in the movie Dead Poets Society. However in terms of making...

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