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Mental toughness can be otherwise described as discipline, attitude or willpower ... and is a quality that is within all of us, IF we choose to work at it.
It is the difference between the dreamer and the entrepreneur; between the winner and the rest; between a full life and a life of "if only"!
We don't need to be competitive athletes, but can you imagine the kind of mental toughness it takes to compete at that level? To get there requires a dedication to train, to compete, to always strive to do your best through any adversity. You are competing against the best so you need to be always "on" your game. That kind of mental toughness applied in the workplace is a definite winner!
"Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight." Josh Billings
What kind of mental toughness do top performing sales people have. To keep making those cold calls even after much rejection, and to keep calling on those clients even though they are tough on you. To know that every year is a restart, perhaps every quarter is a restart and in some industries, including the staffing industry, every month requires the same level of consistency! The top salespeople stay focused on what they need to do and execute month in month out, year in and year out!.
What kind of mental toughness does it take to lose weight when you have let things slide for so long? To commit to changing the habits of a lifetime and starting again, or to stop smoking, quit drinking or just start an exercise program.
Do you really want to settle for second best, for overweight, for out of shape, for losing to the competition? How good would it feel to win, to lose that weight, to be able to run 10km without a heart attack or to blow away those sales numbers?
Many people hanker for 'the easy life" yet it is through adversity that we grow, it is by stretching that we learn and it is through achievement and success that we feel that satisfaction of achievement.
"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me....You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." Walt Disney
To be truly alive you need to stretch yourself, avoid the easy paths, apply the mental toughness needed to meet your goals.
Are you up for it?
Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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