Are you mentally tough? What does it mean to be mentally tough? Having mental toughness gives you endurance and a degree of immunity to exhaustion because it enables you to ignore the first onset of fatigue and find your second wind, both in physical and mental exertion. This makes a prolonged effort at something easier. It means having a constitutional boldness when attempting difficult assignments or tasks where success isn't a sure thing. The more you train yourself to be mentally tough, the more daring and determination you will have. It will drive you to climb over obstacles that would daunt conservative judgement or ordinary courage and help you set your teeth and bring home success even from apparent failure. Mental toughness is frequently found in people who have vision and excellent judgement. What better advantage in life can you have than passion and perseverance to get you where you want to go? I have strong and persistent courage. Pretty much all the time Only under excitement or stimulation I have to screw up my courage to meet difficult situations. True False I think I am mentally and/or physically tough. True False Do you challenge hardships or do you try to avoid difficulties by following the line of least resistance? I like a challenge I like to avoid difficult things Do you hesitate trying new things that require courage and resilience? I tend to hesitate I tend to go for it Do you take action in unfamiliar situations when success seems reasonably certain or do you wait for others to occupy the strategic positions first? I like to be proactive and take action I wait to see what others do first How do you feel about personal risk in your work, in sports, in travel and in life? The greater the risk, the bigger the gain Taking risks seems unnecessary Are you attracted or repelled by unknown or untried things. I like trying new and unfamiliar things I prefer to stick to what I know When you were young, did heroic deeds thrill you and was it your ambition to emulate them? I've always wanted to be a hero! Let other people do the heroics Are you resolute in the presence of imminent danger? I'm clear headed and take action I flinch and tend to panic Do you tend to show individual courage or is your bravery stronger in a group? I feel fine blazing the trail by myself I prefer to tackle issues as a part of a group Do you struggle to master challenges that test all of your resources? Yes, it's difficult when you have go all out No, I just have to focus and try my best Can you accept and benefit from severe criticism with composure when you seem to have been at fault? I can handle even harsh criticism calmly Criticism (especially severe) makes me really upset When necessary, are you capable of imposing strict discipline on yourself in preparation for a challenge? I can impose strict rules on myself I like to take it easy and prefer it when other people indulge me I strive for personal efficiency, grasp at opportunities and recognise that I have a right to advancement. True False Do you rebound quickly from defeat? Yes No Are you indifferent to scornful fault-finding? Other people's opinion of me doesn't define me I can't stand it when someone starts pointing out faults in me Do you enjoy being in contests of courage and endurance as well as intellectual battles? Yeah, bring it on! Ugh, no thanks! I am a generally positive person and I always want to see the good in others. True False When confronted with unexpected difficulties in an undertaking, is your first impulse to back down or to try harder? Back down Try harder Do you have faith in that you will be successful, even when things look really bleak? Yes, I can achieve anything if I apply myself No, when the odds are against me, I can't win I am able to deal with stress well and I have strategies to help me cope. True False Once you've thoroughly thought something through and made a decision based on it, do you stay committed to your decision? Yes No When making a purchase – whether a t-shirt or a car - do you inspect the goods under consideration and form an independent opinion of your options? I know exactly what I want and won't accept anything else I am influenced by what others will think of me (the salesperson included) Do you sometimes accept less than you know you should because you don't want to push others to give you more? Yes, I can accept less, I just don't want to make a fuss No, I want to be recompensed fairly even if I have to ruffle some feathers to get it I am comfortable talking about my emotions. True False I am comfortable asking for help from others. Yes, that's easy I don't want people to think I can't do it I have clear goals for my future and I have a plan to achieve them. True False I can deal with unexpected or sudden changes well. True False Time is Up!