Why is Mental Toughness Important??

According to the Global Wellness Institute’s 2016 Research Report, “The Future of Wellness at Work”:

The key issues around Mental Toughness that individuals and organisations seek to understand, in their life, work and play, are:

  • What causes one person to succumb and another of equal ability and experience to thrive in essentially the same circumstances?
  • Can we identify people’s strengths and weaknesses in these areas?
  • Can we improve the mental toughness of individuals to enable them to handle stressors, pressures and challenge more effectively and more positively?
  • How can we support individuals better with their specific needs?
A significant body of research since 2002 shows that the mental toughness of an individual is a significant factor in:

  • Wellbeing – mentally tough individuals enjoy greater wellbeing and appear to be “comfortable in their own skins”
  • Behaviour – mentally tough individuals consistently demonstrate more positive behaviours – they tend to see opportunity where the mentally sensitive see threats
  • Attainment – mentally tough individuals typically achieve more than mentally sensitive individuals. They are minded “to be the best that they can be”

In turn these enable a wide range of useful, valuable and tangible outcomes for individuals in almost everything they do. It includes achieving more but also embraces completing things, managing change and transition effectively, employability, contentment, building better relationships with people, influencing others and openness to learning.
Mentally tough individuals will typically work harder and more effectively than most and appear to derive satisfaction in doing this.