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Do you want to be ‘in the zone’ consistently and be able to power through the day and perform at a higher level, feel more positive, more balanced and less stressed?

It sounds like a tall order but the Mental Toughness 4C’s framework provides you with the template to achieve your stated outcomes and take advantage of new opportunities. It is the new black because it’s a simple and scientifically valid approach that works both conceptually and practically. It is contemporary in that it recognises the role that stress and pressure plays in creating fears and mental obstacles that get in the way of our performance and wellbeing.


Mental Toughness is a personality trait that comprises’resilience’ the ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures and ‘confidence’ the ability to spot and seize opportunities.  Mental toughness can be measured and developed in both an individual and an organisation.

The Mental Toughness 4C’s framework comprises four pillars that can stand alone but are connected to form the overall definition above. They are:

  • Control – measuring life control and emotional control
  • Commitment – goal orientation and delivery orientation

These two form the ‘resilience’ part of the Mental Toughness definition.

  • Challenge – stretching oneself and learning from everything
  • Confidence – self belief in one’s abilities and inter personal confidence

These two form the ‘confidence’ part of the Mental Toughness definition.

The framework is based on a scientifically valid and reliable psychometric measure, MTQ48, developed by the “rock stars” of mental toughness, Professor Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk. Since its release in 2003 it has been used by thousands of individuals and organisations around the world.


In terms of mental toughness it’s about achieving a balance. Most people need to toughen up mentally to enable them to achieve more, whilst some people who are already too mentally tough need to soften up and become less selfish and more aware of the negative impact they have on other people. Using the MTQ48 measure enables you to draw a line in the sand about your mindset and then depending on your needs develop new routines and strategies to help you perform ‘in the zone’.


The MTQ48 and related Mental Toughness framework is versatile in that it is used in every kind of organisation, including sporting, education, health, community as well as across all sectors of corporate. It is used for creating reflection and conversation then development in leadership, learning and development, change and culture projects as well as for hiring and career transition.