Do you know the #1 difference between star athletes and the runners up?
It’s not strength, speed or agility. It’s not training. It’s not even motivation or how badly they want to win.
What about a Fortune 100 CEO? Do you know their secret to competing in the global marketplace? Hint: it’s not knowledge.
And how about elite sales teams? How do they continually make critical sales while others can’t even get their foot in the door?
Their recovery time. The speed in which they rebound from setbacks and mistakes.
If you don’t recover fast enough, your small mistakes or setbacks can spiral into bigger ones. Champions know this.
How fast is your recovery time?
When you experience a setback – a rejection from a prospective client, getting admonished by your boss, losing your cool when talking to your teenager – how long does it take you to recenter yourself, mentally and emotionally?
The answer depends on the strength of your internal saboteurs. They waste a ton of your mental and emotional energy which in turn prolongs your recovery.
How do you train your mind to respond reliably, even in the toughest circumstances? How do you develop the ability to handle adversity with a clear, calm, and laser-focused mindset?
This takes mental fitness.
Mental fitness is the greatest predictor of how happy you are and how well you perform.
People with high mental fitness take fewer sick days than their co-workers and are less likely to become burned-out. Salespeople with high mental fitness sell 37% more than teams with lower relative mental fitness. CEOs with high mental fitness lead teams that are more likely to praise their workplace as a high-performance environment.
Mental fitness leads to lower levels of stress hormones, better immune system function, better sleep and smaller risk of hypertension, diabetes or stroke.
Mental fitness can actually help you live longer!
It is worth exploring, it is worth spending time strengthening the muscles to build yourself up and live mentally fit.
Excerpts from Shirzad Chamine