Event Wrap Up: Increase Your Mental Toughness

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Each quarter the Business Support team here at AccountAbility aim to host or attend networking events to ensure we’re giving back to our clients and candidates, from both a service and career growth perspective.

This quarter, we were lucky enough to host Paul Lyons, who spoke to us about his area of expertise, mental toughness!

Paul is an independent advisor, coach and speaker on people, leadership and culture. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Mental Toughness Partners, Asia Pacific’s leading specialist hub for mental toughness resources, measurement and development.

Paul delivered an insightful and stimulating presentation in his usual calming and gracious style with helpful takeaways that can be put into practice, both personally and professionally.

He started his talk by making the excellent comparison of mental health, VS physical health. A lot of us set goals when it comes to physical health and fitness, so why not do the same when it comes to mental health?

In both cases, it takes time, motivation and commitment to get either physically or mentally fit. It makes sense then to set similar goals to increase our mental toughness, because when you’re mentally fit, it’s proven that you’re able to achieve and overcome more in life.

A section of the presentation that resonated with me was Paul’s WWW technique. This simple tool encourages you to ask yourself at the end of each day, “What worked well?”

Take time to identify three things that you were happy with. These positive vibes can help you focus, whilst setting the tone for tomorrow.

Mental Toughness, as Paul describes it, is made up of 4 Cs:

  • Confidence
  • Control
  • Commitment
  • Challenge

Expanding on these quadrants, Paul explained the importance of each of these points in great detail:

  1. When we combine confidence with resilience, we have the ability to bounce back from failures, as well as taking advantage of situations and opportunities that present themselves.
  2. Commitment comes down to reliability and focus – setting goals and achieving outcomes. Focus on what you can control and if you need to be more selfish to get there, then that’s what you need to do.
  3. We need to continuously challenge ourselves to grow both personally and professionally. Even if it is the smallest of challenges or changes, it’s amazing how empowered you’ll feel. Take a risk and a step outside of your comfort zone every now and again, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
  4. Engage the ability to control your emotions and stand for who you are, what you believe in and what you want to achieve. It’s all about knowing who you are and being comfortable in your own skin.

If you want to build on your own Mental Toughness, here’s a few tips from Paul:

  • Put yourself out there a bit more, be on stage instead of in the audience.
  • Use positive self-talk – ‘WWW’.
  • The power of reflection is an amazing thing. Analyse who you are, good and bad and choose an area you’d like to develop – take small steps to get you started.
  • Develop good habits, continue to push yourself, and “fake it till you make it”.

He reminded us of two inspirational quotes,“Treat others how you want to be treated”, and of course one of Pauls’  favourite quotes, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken” – Oscar Wilde.

For more information on this subject visit Paul’s website.

Don’t forget “WWW” today!

Aimee joined AccountAbility in October 2014 and recruits in Permanent Business Support roles in Sydney CBD and South.

Originally from New Zealand, Aimee spent over 8 years in the Banking industry prior to moving into recruitment.

Aimee aims to utilise the skills from those years to continue to provide a highly consultative service, tailor made for both her clients and candidates.

Aimee Johnson
Consultant – Permanent, Business Support
Telephone:(02) 8296 5353
E-mail Address: Aimee.Johnson@accountability.com.au
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