There’s nothing like a crisis to show us that we can change and adapt far quicker and far more effectively than we ever thought we could. I mean, how long would your organisation have needed to plan for this COVID-19 scenario?! In a crisis, people are remarkable, resourceful, and surprisingly innovative.
It is the Mentally Tough who will thrive during this time because they enjoy finding solutions to a crisis, and revel in unravelling chaos. They bounce back again and again from adversity. They soldier on through struggles and succeed. They never give up.
Mental Toughness is a personality trait that can be developed to improve confidence, resilience, grit, focus, and commitment. It’s about how we manage and deal with the stress, pressure, and challenges of life. Has there ever been a time that this was more relevant to us all?
I wonder what could happen if you were able to
- See every challenge as an opportunity, rather than a threat?
- Feel in control in control of your business and your life?
- Have the ability to keep on going with even tasks, all the way through to completion?
- Have an unswerving belief in your ability to succeed?
I know from my own experience that adversity can shake us to the core. But an easy life doesn’t help us to develop. Often it is the difficult circumstances we encounter which teach us the most. This can be hard to see when we’re in the middle of a crisis. But as time goes on, we realise that each difficult moment was, in fact, preparation for the next step or stage in our life.
Adversity plays a vital role in growth. No adversity, no growth. We need to embrace this difficult time an opportunity to learn, develop and grow. Adversity makes us stronger and gives us an opportunity to develop resilience. Resilient people are able to recover quickly from difficulties, to bounce back from tough times and learn to manage the stress, strain, and pressure that life chucks at us.
Hard times may also show us that we are less important in the grand scheme of things than we thought, or that things we thought to matter, actually don’t. Your priorities will change, you’ll re-evaluate your value system, but only if you experience adversity. That’s the only way to build your adversity muscles. Each time that you do so, you become that more resilient. You start to realise that you are much stronger than you initially thought.
The hardships and misfortunes you’re experiencing will give you confidence that you’re capable of handling whatever comes your way. You’ve been in tough times before, and your past experiences are now helping you to find courage, confidence, strength and resilience for now.
Don’t forget that diamonds are made under pressure.
Penny Mallory, a leading authority on Mental Toughness, delivers webinars, keynotes, training and coaching for individuals, teams and audiences. To book her for your event contact JLA here.