Think you’re mentally tough?

What does that even mean? To be honest, it sometimes drives me a little crazy when I hear it thrown around: “We need to be mentally tough”.

Okay, ummm does that mean I need to work harder? Work through pain and discomfort? Be more resilient? Show more grit? Have more will power? What are we referring to here?

Well, I’m here to help clear up some of the confusion. Or maybe add to it. I’m not sure.🙃

Mental toughness is the result of incorporating all of the mental training skills and then actively using them in sport and in your life. It allows you to cope with the demands of the situation. It allows you to stay focused. It allows you to be confident. It is something that can be learned. YOU can be mentally tough.

According to H.A Dorfman and Coaching the Mental Game, here is a list of attributes that makes up someone who is mentally tough:

  • Courage
  • Intensity
  • Competitiveness
  • Consistency of focus
  • Confrontational attitude
  • Aggressiveness under control
  • Relentlessness
  • Responsibility to what the situation requires
  • Responsibility for own behaviour
  • Honesty
  • Self-sacrifice
  • Self-trust
  • Ability to make necessary adjustments
  • Ability to compete with pain
  • Positive approach to task and circumstance
  • Ability to cope effectively with adversity
  • Indifferent to an opponent’s presence or posturing
  • Ability to “do what needs to be done” 


The word ‘toughness’ gets people caught up in the idea that Mental Toughness is just one thing.

That’s why I like the list above so much; it’s broken down into a list of multiple facets. It’s not just about working harder. There is much, much, MUCH more to this commonly used term.

It may be worth spending a few moments going down the list and giving yourself a little ranking. 

Are you able to cope with adversity? How are you with honesty? Are you competitive? (You get the idea).

Wishing you a little more mental toughness in your life. 

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See you on your mat!