Following-up on this morning’s post on recent research on Mental Toughness here is your opportunity to assess your mental toughness or what Dr. Jerabek President of Psychtests AIM Inc. calls the Hardiness Test.
The study reports that hardiness impacts both physical and mental well being. For example, hardy individuals take fewer sick days, exercise more often, and have healthier diets. They are also more satisfied with their career, and tend to perform better at work than their less hardy counterparts. “The results for performance at work were actually quite staggering,” explains Dr. Jerabek. “Mentally tough individuals outscored their less tough counterparts by at least 20 points on a scale from 0 to 100. It seems that they are simply better able to channel stress at work, using it as a momentum to boost them rather than sidetrack them.”
Queendom.com, one of the web’s foremost sources of personality, career, and IQ assessments unveils results of a mental toughness study using their popular Hardiness Test. Their study results indicate that mental toughness is a key to success – and to getting through the ups and downs of life in one piece.
The study results clearly confirm the old dictum that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Much like optimists vs. pessimists, hardy individuals, when compared to less hardy ones, see the world very differently. Where the less hardy see obstacles, the hardy see a challenge to be overcome. While the less hardy find themselves totally overwhelmed and unable to function when under stress, the hardy ones use stress as an adrenaline boost. Hardy people go where angels fear to tread; less hardy people wish they could just crawl into the nearest corner, roll up into a fetal position, and wait until it’s safe to come out again.
Analyzing data from over 16,000 test-takers, Queendom’s study revealed that hardy individuals tend to possess three key traits:
- Commitment – they tackle every task in life, no matter how mundane, with 100% effort. They are able to look ahead to the future payback of their efforts rather than getting caught up in the daily grind t boredom that so many people experience.
- A sense of personal control – rather than sticking their head in the sand during difficult times, hardy individuals proactively search for solutions. They look for ways to improve their circumstances, even if it’s just to make them bearable.
- They view setbacks as challenges, rather than obstacles. This persevering attitude helps them view negative events in their life as less stressful, enables them to put things into perspective, and helps them stay motivated.
If you want to take the free Hardiness assessment go to this link
Good Luck and have fun with the test,who knows it might be one of those AHA moments for you. Coach, Mark