I much enjoyed speaking about mental toughness to the Dudley and District Business Club last night. A good group of people, a good discussion, and good food as well.
The concept of mental toughness developed from observation of sportsmen and sports teams. The winner is not always the fittest or the most talented: there is a mental element as well. The idea of the mind influencing performance can clearly be related to business as well.
But mental toughness has a much wider application. For example, it is being measured in the education field to improve effectiveness. And a carer has to show huge mental toughness to keep going through what is often an unremitting (and sometimes thankless) activity.
The good news is that metal toughness is something that can be developed through training and coaching – but beware that is can also be lost by stress overload.