PRESENTER: GILDA SCARFE
Why building Mental toughness is a must
It goes without saying that we live in a turbulent, challenging and unpredictable world. Ineradicable uncertainty is now a fact of life. Negative life events, crises, challenges, and stressful situations constitute a large aspect of human experience and are often unavoidable. Mental Toughness has emerged as a highly significant factor in the development of high performance and has been linked to a number of key factors such as coping effectively, thriving on pressure, achievement and wellbeing. Mental Toughness does not only reflect an effective coping mechanism as reaction to stressors (e.g., reappraising stressful situations as opportunities for self-development) but also allows individuals to proactively seek out challenges and opportunities for personal growth due to high levels of confidence and self efficacy.
Choosing to build mental toughness allows us to expand our capacities and dive into the deep end regardless of the outcome. It turns out that the basics of what it means to flourish as a human actually haven’t changed that much since the days of Aristotle. Our core social psychological needs remain (and have remained) constant. We need honesty and rigorous self-evaluation combined with the idea of self-realisation. The existential idea is that life is a state of constant ‘becoming’. Fundamental to the concept of ‘becoming’ is knowledge of oneself. To develop mental toughness, there needs to be a chance of experiencing adversity. Adversity is unlikely to be encountered within the comfort zone. When we move outside our comfort zone, we are also pushed and challenged, and we stand a better chance of reaching our optimal functioning. But moving too far outside the comfort zone can over stretch and the risk of failure can become so high that it can damage confidence and wellbeing.
About the Speaker
Gilda Scarfe is founder and CEO of The Mental Toughness Institute and Positive Ed, member on the advisory board of the Global Flourishing Study led by Harvard University in collaboration with Baylor University. Gilda is a positive psychologist and mental toughness expert with a Master in Education and Doctorate in the conceptualization and application of mental toughness in education. Gilda is an expert Coach, Advisor and Consultant in positive psychology, mental toughness, leadership, psychological safety and human flourishing.
About the Flow Conference she says, "Now more than ever we need explore and share ideas that helps us achieve optimal flourishing. The Flow conference bridges the gaps between research and practice and empowers individuals and organisations to explore flow in all its dimensions".
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