Why You Should Build Your Mental Toughness

Why You Should Build Your Mental Toughness

Paul Lyons is an experienced Australian based mental toughness and leadership practitioner who advises and coaches business owners and leaders and their organisations on making better decisions to achieve happiness, good health and high performance. 

Neither an academic nor psychologist his practical, everyday approach to Mental Toughness comes from an extensive career in business as a founder and leader for over 25 years with two international companies , Michael Page International and Ambition which he co-founded in 1999 and jointly built to be a global ASX listed recruitment group employing 300 people. 

In 2015 he co-founded Mental Toughness Partners, the leading specialist mental toughness and MTQ psychometric company in the southern hemisphere and provides sales and support of AQR International products to coaches, leaders and their organisations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the SE Asia region.

Today, I chat to a Mental Toughness expert, Paul Lyons where we discuss what mental toughness is.  The crossovers that exist from the sport and exercise domain that transfer into the business world. Paul goes on to share how he supports leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs to build the mental strength needed for their chosen fields and the type of benefits that his typical clients experience.

Key Learning Points:

  • Peter Clough talks about Mental Toughness being comfortable in your own skin.
  • Being able to just focus on the moment, taking control and responsibility for your thoughts and actions is important.
  • Choose to accept yourself, understanding your strengths, limitations and your blindspots.
  • Your experiences shape your Mental Toughness.
  • Lots of business people when they start a business are very, very clear and focused on what they want to do but over time this focus gets diluted and their confidence ebbs away.
  • It’s easy to lose your sense of identity, focus and confidence much of my work is to restore and repair this.

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Mental Toughness Partners Website – Mental Toughness and Resilience Development

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Other relevant episodes

Podcast Ep01: Doug Strycharczyk – The Importance of Mental Toughness

Podcast Ep28: Prof Peter Clough – Why is Mental Toughness Important

Podcast Ep35: Dr John Perry – Thrive, Don’t Just Survive 2021

Podcast Ep50: David Charlton – Mental Toughness Does Not Guarantee Success

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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