Mental Toughness ( Part II )

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There were an some ideas noted in the first part. I would like to continue with this chapter regarding on mental toughness. These are quoted from “On Mental Toughness” by Harvard Business Review.

Crucibles of Leadership

What enables one leader to inspire confidence, loyalty, and hard work, while others-with equal vision and intelligence-stumble? How individuals deal with adversity provides a clue? As an extraordinary leaders find meanings in and learn from the most negative events. Like phoenixes rising from the ashes, they emerge from adversity stronger, more confident in themselves and their purpose, and more committed to their work. Such transformative events are called crucibles – a severe test or trial. Crucibles are intense, often traumatic and always unplanned.

We came to call the experiences that shape leaders “crucibles”. The crucible experience was a trial and a test, a point of deep self-reflection that forced them to question who they were and what mattered to them. It required them to examine their values, questions their assumptions, hone their adjustment.

Essential Leadership in Skills

  • Engage others in shared meaning.
  • A distinctive, meaning voice.
  • Integrity.
  • Adaptive capacity.

Building Resilience

Failure is one of life’s most common traumas, yet people’s responses to it vary widely. Some bounce back after a brief period of malaise; others descend into depression and a paralyzing fear of the future.

Optimism is the key. “It’s going away quickly; it’s just this one situation, and I can do something about it.” or Friedrich Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger“.

Cognitive Fitness

As life expectancy continues to rise, people are doing more and more to ensure that their lives, if long, are going to be healthy. However, there seemed to be no guidelines for active efforts you could make to stay mentally healthy. There were no brain exercises-no mental push-ups-you could do to stave off the loss of memory and analytic acuity that comes as you grow older. In fact, a number of regions of the brain important to functions such as motor behavior and memory can actually expand their complement of neurons as we age. So how can you become cognitively fit? There are fours steps you can take.

Step 1: Understand how experience makes the brain grow

Step 2: Work hard at play

Step 3: Search for Patterns

Step 4: Seek Novelty and Innovation

( to be continued… )

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