This is a hard concept to explain until you see it. However, it is obvious when you see a person that has it. It’s not an inborn DNA trait rather, it is developed.
Mental toughness is having the psychological edge that allows a person perform at peak effort and efficiency regardless of the demands placed on them.
Have you ever wondered what makes someone a good leader, athlete or parent? Most people will say ‘Intelligence’, but it has nothing to do with that. Intelligence only accounts for about 30% of all achievements. Research has shown that mental toughness plays a vital role than anything else in achieving goals in business, health and life generally.
In every area of life; from education, work, health, etc. It is the amount of grit and perseverance that dictates one’s level of success, than any other factor. Arguably, this means that talent is overrated.
Mental toughness consists of strength, flexibility, resiliency, sportsmanship, responsiveness and ethics among others. Some factors that play a major role in mental toughness are goal setting, self-motivation, positive thinking and foresight.