Evolution through Coaching
Strategy. Adapting. Change. Performance.
Mental Toughness and Resilience
for Managing Stress and Peak Performance
What is Mental Toughness?
- Typical concepts of mental toughness include:
- “Ability to rebound from failure”
- “Acquisition of superior mental skills”
- “Ability to cope with pressure, stress and adversity”
- “Insensitivity to severe pressure”
- “Consistent performance”
- “concentration” or “focus”
- “Drive & determination”
- “Control & motivation”
- “High levels of self belief, confidence and optimism”
In essence, Mental Toughness is having an attitude for success that makes the difference between thriving or sinking. Change, challenges, stressors, and pressure in themselves are neither good nor bad - it is how we respond that matters.
Mental toughness is defined as:
The ability to deal effectively with stressors, pressure and challenge irrespective of the prevailing circumstances and environment (Clough 2004)
Mental Toughness is a quality which determines, in some part, how individuals perform when exposed to stressors, pressure and challenge .... irrespective of the prevailing situation. (Clough & Strycharczyk 2006)
Benefits of Mental ToughnessStudies show a strong link between Mental Toughness and:
- Higher Performance – for individuals, groups and organisations.
- Adoption of positive behaviours – “can do!”
- Openness to Change - more likely to embrace challenges and see change as a positive opportunity.
- Focus, Commitment and Completion – more likely to see things through and find ways around setbacks, rather than giving up.
- Aspirations – seeking to optimise their potential.
- Well being– contentment, dealing with bullying, etc.
- Employability – getting a job.
Mentally tough individuals make more positive use of past experiences to inform future achievements and have demonstrated a more developed capacity to visualise success.
Who needs or benefits from Mental Toughness?
We all do! As individuals, groups or teams, and organisations.
We are now familiar with the term "Mental Toughness" in relation to sports (think of the media reporting for football and the world cup and for tennis champions). However, studies are proving that mental toughness makes a difference in all walks of life and that coaching and training can develop mental toughness.
- Occupational Mental toughness is a key aspect of performance in the workplace as it measures how a person deals with change, stressors, pressure and challenge. Most successful managers and leaders have higher levels of mental toughness that enables them to cope with the pressures of the job, responsibilities and decision making. Measuring individual and group levels of mental toughness using MTQ48 offers a highly effective and sophisticated tool to develop organisational performance.
- Educational Students (from secondary school to university and MBA level) who are more Mentally Tough have higher academic attainment and better employability, and are less likely to report bullying or drop out.
- Sports More mentally tough athletes and teams are more successful even against competitors who have higher skill levels. They are better able to focus, "keep their eye on the ball", ignore distractions and draw on a determination to win, at individual and team levels.
- Health Mentally Tough people are more likely to exercise and eat healthily, recover more quickly from trauma, operations, illness and return to work more quickly.
Mental Toughness Development programmes or workshops and 1:1 coaching based around the MTQ48 tool. Open courses are arranged periodically or programmes can be delivered in-house, tailored to your organisation's requirements.
Licensed User Training for your organisation's learning and development staff to use MTQ48 and deliver development programmes in-house.
Mental toughness is particularly timely and relevant as stress and performance management rise to the top of the agenda for many organisations. The strain on everyone during these "interesting times" is enormous: we're expected to achieve more with less, we’re put in challenging situations and the personal and professional impacts are huge. Developing Mental Toughness using the MTQ48 model provides a framework to cope with change and approach challenges with a positive can-do attitude, for individuals and at the team and organisational levels. Research shows that Mental Toughness consists of four components, all of which have implications for individuals in the workplace:
- The extent to which we feel in control of our lives and our emotions.
- How we respond to challenge and to change.
- The extent to which we commit to (demanding) goals and targets.
- Our confidence in our abilities and in our dealings with others.
Developing Mental Toughness Development involves creating strategies to be able to perform under pressure and also to support others. This improves overall well-being in the workplace and ultimately creates a better working environment.
Contact Aeona for further details
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Evolution: (noun) A gradual development. An exercise carried out in accordance with a procedure or plan.
Evolution through Coaching: Improved performance and desired changes achieved using a strategy to adapt people's attitudes, behaviours and actions.