Disclaimer: the article was originally taken from Mountain Athlete which is now the Mountain Tactical Institute.
I read the following article many years ago, when I was training for an elite Army school. I knew that it would be important to cultivate a strong mindset prior to the training but I vaguely knew how to get there. I knew that it would take an immense amount of physical effort to peak for the training and the physical catalyst would inherently forge a tougher mental state. But that’s all that I knew.
The following article helped me to understand Mental Toughness beyond the ability to endure. That “it” also involved an ability to think clearly in times when you only want to think of surviving was critical. It involves the ability to reason, to critically maneuver when you are dead tired, in the middle of mission, in the darkest of hours, and when all hope appears to be lost. Those are the times when you must be mentally tough. Those are the times when it matters. But how do you get there? [Read more…]