The Paradox of Mental Toughness

‘Weak is tough’ – Have you ever noticed, when you are not doing too well, that admitting to someone you are struggling is often harder than simply brushing them off with “I’m OK”? The paradox of mental toughness is that it takes real courage to admit to weakness; it is much tougher than putting on […]

Depression is NOT the enemy of high performance

Depression is not the enemy… and is by no means unconnected to high performance We might even consider that feeling depressed could be part of the body’s survival mechanisms kicking in to take care of you, telling you to slow down and take a rest when you are feeling physically, cognitively or emotionally overwhelmed. When […]

The Arduous Path toward Excellence

What makes achieving excellence challenging in any domain in life? To begin with, it is ABNORMAL. It is against our instincts. That’s right – it is NORMAL to be lazy! In fact, laziness is an effective survival strategy under certain circumstances… WHEN might that be? Let’s take a look: Consider that the more primitive parts […]