Sustaining Mental Fortitude

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

– Arthur Ashe, World Champion Tennis Player

In all areas of life, it is often said that the mental component is half of any battle. That fact is no less true in business where mental toughness can oftentimes be the most important attribute of a successful leader. Enduring the necessary teachings and tribulations is meaningful in acquiring mental toughness. Considering this, maintaining that sort of mental fortitude can be a challenge all on its own. Treating this challenge as essential can best assist long term success in the realm of mental stability.

Both creating and maintaining mental strength derive from similar areas of practice. To allow mental strength to endure, one must understand the sorts of habits involved in creating the strength in the first place. These habits can differ from person to person, but in understanding what makes your particular mindset strong, you allow yourself to create a system that keeps these habits in check over a long period of time. Mental toughness is not always about being the dominant person in the room at all times, but rather maintaining strength over a consistent period, in short, endurance.

Endurance is the line that runs through the mentality of successful people. This is not necessarily a blind pursuit of a goal, without any reflection or acknowledgement of hardships, but rather a common understanding between all parts of your mind that work together to maintain strength and a forward-thinking ability. An effective pursuit of mental toughness is to recognize the existence of failure and doubt as inevitable. True mental toughness is the acceptance and control of these more difficult elements and allowing one’s core values and habits to diminish possible setbacks and emotional difficulties.

Those who completely deny emotions often fall apart in the long run because when something appears that is impossible to deny, they have great difficulty handling it. That’s why emotional maturity is essential in maintaining mental toughness. This does not mean to give into emotion in all circumstances, but rather taking time to understand your mindset in times of trouble and integrating your learnings regularly. Establishing values and constantly implementing these in every area of one’s life can ensure this habitual defense against hardship and better prepare you for success.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization

Turning Talk into Action

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Developing an aspirational and effective culture within a business is necessary for many leaders in pursuit of success. For some, this culture is focused on communication and putting out impactful messaging to all those involved. In doing this, a leader hopes to have everyone on the same page to better work for a common goal, and ultimately a collective success. However, simple culture defining statements and daily inspirational quotes only go so far. To ensure effective results, taking the extra steps to establish action can be hugely beneficial in most situations.

It is important to first reevaluate or redefine your purpose statement regarding company culture. Once you have clear, attainable aspirations in this regard, you can then focus on turning these broader statements into actionable steps. The key to clarifying action is in simplicity. To achieve this, break up every possible element of your purpose statements and transcribe them into multiple short, clear actions. Sometimes these actions can be delegated across your group of people or taken one by one personally. Either way, seeing all these actions in full will best help you convert ideas into action.

Oftentimes, a significant part of acting comes in the form of something that may typically be seen as inaction: listening. Listening is perhaps the most essential part of this process because it allows you to both ingest and best utilize beneficial information. Some people make the mistake by spending too much time on personal statements and do not take the time to reflect and take advantage of the inputs from others. With enough listening and communal discourse, when the time for action comes, preparation will be at an all-time high.

“Talk” by itself is not a bad thing, in fact it is quite necessary in forming a foundation for action. However, understanding it is only a small piece of the process of change and innovation is essential. Dissecting one’s talk through actionable steps and collective criticisms can best ensure positive, productive action in your business.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization

Optimizing and Maintaining Synergy

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Working in a collective group is a foundational part of nearly every business. Harmonious relationships are difficult to maintain, yet are achievable and sought after by all who pursue success. However, many businesses already have some idea of this process or a team already in place. Finding the perfect team to enact innovation can be difficult but maintaining effective teamwork for an extended period can provide even more of a challenge.

Perhaps the largest obstacle in maintaining success as a collective is properly diagnosing potential struggles. In times of success it may be easy to identify the elements that make your team particularly effective. However, in times of struggle, many people tend to misidentify issues within their group, causing many groups to dissolve or reorganize unnecessarily. Like with many things in regard to team building and communication issues, it is important to look at the problem as a whole, both the good and the bad, in order to properly find out what needs to be done differently.

One common issue in this regard comes from analyzing success (or failure) in the short term rather than long term. Potential downswings are natural to most business processes, yet even understanding this, many take the failures increasingly more seriously than minor successes. Recognizing failures in a wider context can not only provide the perspective necessary to motivate for the future, but also a better recognition of your team makeup during previous times of success. Communicating this understanding to all members of a group is crucial to sustaining positive chemistry and effectiveness.

Lastly, it is imperative to establish success within a group as not only an individual achievement but also a separate collective success of the group as whole. Even when every piece of a team has their own job to fulfill, rallying under a common understanding of both managing failure and cultivating success is necessary in sustaining synergy in the long term.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization