Definition: Mental strength is a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sports, education, and the workplace.
Symptoms: All athletes must draw on their mental strength to play at their peak performance. Getting into the “Zone,” at will, requires an understanding of what constitutes intense mental focus. This mental capacity is vital in today’s competitive environment, both on and off the court or field.
Solutions: Mental toughness is characterized by the ability to push through difficult (and even painful) situations while maintaining peak performance. For entrepreneurs and business owners, it means having the grit you need to get through the hard times and the presence of mind to avoid getting caught up in the good times. In his article, “An FBI Agent’s 5 Steps to Developing Mental Toughness,” at www.inc.com, Justin Bariso relates how twenty-three years in the FBI taught entrepreneur, LaRae Quy, how to develop this indispensable quality. She now spends her time writing, speaking, and teaching others how to use mental toughness to survive environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. Her advice has been put to the test in life and death situations.
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