Dr Peter Clough, one of the authors of the Mental Toughness assessment tool (MTQ48/Plus) said ……
“…. Mental Toughness describes the capacity of an individual to deal effectively with stressors, pressures and challenges, and perform to the best of their ability, irrespective of the circumstances in which they find themselves…..”.
Mental Toughness is a personality trait that determines your ability to perform consistently under stress and pressure, and is closely related to qualities such as character, resilience, grit and perseverance.
It is the psychological attribute that separates greatness from mediocrity. Although it is most commonly mentioned in connection with athletic performance, it can be used to advantage in almost every area of life. No one is born with mental toughness–it is a quality that can and must be developed through training.
A person with mental toughness faces challenges directly and is effective in solving them. I believe that someone who’s mentally tough has a combination of willpower, skill and resilience
An individual’s Mental Toughness can vary over quite short periods of time as they have different experiences. Major setbacks, such as bereavement, loss of job, sustained exposure to stressors and so on, can influence Mental Toughness significantly over the short term.