If you are looking for a quick-hitter on Toughness, here is Jay’s definition: “Toughness isn’t physical. It has nothing to do with size, physical strength or athleticism. It’s an intangible, an attitude, a philosophy. Some people may be born with the aptitude to be tougher than others, but I believe that true toughness is a skill that can be developed and improved in everyone.” (p. 5)
- Toughness is something that we learn and must continue to work at. Much like any talent or skill that we have, it must be continually refined. The more we work on our toughness, the better we will handle the situations that really need it.
- Discipline is not punishment. Be at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, to the best of your ability. As a player or a coach, an employee or a manager, being disciplined will not only help you prepare for the big game or the big project but inspire the people around you to do the same. How often you prepare does not make you tough, but the discipline in how you prepare determines your toughness. The better you prepare, the tougher you will be.
- Self-Evaluation is extremely important. To better yourself, you must look in the mirror without bias and evaluate how you can improve. “Good enough” should not stop you from working harder to get better. You must keep setting goals and try to meet them.
- Lastly, toughness is not gained solely as an individual. Toughness is developed through parents, coaches, friends, bosses, co-workers and teammates. Work on your toughness to improve yourself and to help improve the people around you.
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