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.


To be effective in the modern workplace, leaders and staff need to have Psychological Flexibility and Mental Toughness. Performance will take many different forms including – effective communication, clarity of decision making, creative problem solving, managing challenges and managing emotions.

However there are certain psychological states that underpin high performance irrespective of the task involved.  These include:

  • Task focus.  High performance nearly always rests on the ability to focus on the task, often for long periods and not to be distracted by internal or external factors. This requires Attentional Control.
  • Goal clarity. Understanding what is trying to be achieved is critical.
  • Intrinsic motivation.  Understanding not just what the goal is but why it matters.  Extrinsic rewards alone can lead to a subsequent reduction in intrinsic motivation.
  • Behavioural flexibility.  If you want the same results, then keep doing what you are doing.  A major barrier to improving performance is rigid thinking or habitual responses formed in previous experience.  We need to recognise when to persist and when to adopt a different approach.
  • Experiential avoidance.  Experiential avoidance occurs when someone tries to avoid unpleasant thoughts and feelings by changing what they actually do.  A large body of research shows that higher experiential avoidance is associated with lower wellbeing, work performance and quality of life.

Improving Psychological Flexibility and Mental Toughness can assist with each of these factors. Read More…

Source: Mental Toughness Partners 

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