It is possible for everyone to own a tougher, more results-orientated and ultimately, more successful mindset.

Have you noticed how your colleagues differ in their approach to work?

Some people are focused and able to regularly accomplish their goals, whilst others become easily derailed and tune in and out like a faraway radio station.

Some people prefer to stick closely to their routine and shrink after a failure, whilst others embrace change, take risks and use failures as a learning opportunity.

Some people easily become emotional and yet others remain calm though a crisis.

Finally, some people are overly confident about their abilities and shouldn’t be, whilst other more capable performers are often uncertain and silent.

You will have worked with people with all of these characteristics at one time or another.

The difference between those who perform and those who don’t is often due to their mindset and mental toughness.

Mental toughness is broadly one’s ability to consistently perform under stress and pressure. Whilst being mentally tough doesn’t guarantee high performance it has been proven that a high performer is much more likely to be mentally tough than not. Similarly, mentally tough people are more engaged and positive, less likely to take sick days, and much more likely to be able to manage stress and pressure arising from work or home.

Yet anyone can change their mindset and mentally toughen up   ready to positively tackle any challenge, setback or opportunity.

Here are six ways of developing a tougher mindset that could work for you:

1. Find your purpose

Once you have a purpose in life and understand who you are, what you stand for and why, then everything becomes clearer and easier because every thing you do will either take you towards or away from your purpose. If you don’t know where you are going you wont get there.

2. Set and achieve your goals and milestones

With your purpose comes a dream and to make it become reality you need to set and achieve daily goals that get you closer. Lots of little achievable goals that fuel your momentum, satisfaction and confidence are preferable.

3. Believe in yourself

Get your inner self on your side and replace any negativity with positive self-talk. If you believe that you can achieve your goals and your dream then every goal you achieve adds to your bank of confidence and self-belief, just in time for the next goal and the next challenge.

4. Focus on what you can control

Don’t worry about circumstances beyond your control because they eat away at your positivity. Focus only on what you can control and achieving your goals.

5. Live in the moment

Think about today and worry about today but not last week or next week. Focus your full attention on today and you will feel better because you will be so much more productive which in turn will give you more energy and satisfaction.

6. Be prepared to fail in order to succeed

Don’t be put off by challenges, especially something you haven’t done before, because of your fear of failure.  Failure is an integral part of success and by accepting the challenge and chunking it down to a series of smaller goals you have every chance to succeed. However, even if you don’t succeed this time, you will learn more about yourself, extend the boundaries of your capability and succeed the next time. Or, the time after that.  Don’t give up. Success is just around the corner.

The above article was written by Paul Lyons for the Women in Banking & Finance blog “Fly On The Wall”.

Paul Lyons is an experienced leadership coach and mental toughness professional and you can reach him via or via his website

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