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
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization