By Andrew D. Wittman, Ph.D.
Published June 13, 2016
High stress jobs are the ones that are tied to performance, as in, if you don’t perform there are high-stakes, all-or-nothing consequences. They include entrepreneurs, commission-based sales, stock traders, executives, professional athletes, entertainers, doctors, nurses, cops, firefighters and spec-ops warriors, to name a few. In these high-stress arenas, mental toughness is what separates the lifetime achievers from the early burnouts.
Well-known examples of the mentally tough include Steve Jobs and Jack Welch in business, Harry Truman and Ronald Regan in politics, Colin Powell and Douglas MacArthur in the military, Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick in coaching and Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey in the field of sports.
Being mentally tough means that you’re able to take control of your thoughts, feelings and attitudes under pressure. It’s about being disciplined in how you think your thoughts, in how you deploy your emotions to drive past your worries, doubts, and fears. It’s clarity, focus and confidence and it comes from taking complete control of yourself. How? It’s actually simpler than it sounds.
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Former federal agent has advice for the work-weary
By Dana Wilkie
The most common time to have a heart attack is 9 a.m. on a Monday—the start of the workweek. The New York Times in 2006 confirmed what many workers already knew to be true: Staring down five more days at a job they can no longer tolerate is just too much to bear. Before your employees—or you—have a health emergency, learn how to identify and possibly prevent job burnout. Leadership consultant Andrew Wittman, Ph.D., has advice for workers who can’t stand their jobs, and the HR professionals who want to help them. Wittman is founder of the leadership consultancy Mental Toughness Training Center in Greenville, S.C., and author of Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You (Get Warrior Tough Media, 2016). He is also a former Marine, federal agent and special agent for the U.S. Capitol Police and has led security details for several high-profile politicians, celebrities and heads of state. In an interview with SHRM Online, he described the warning signs of job burnout, as well as some possible antidotes.
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By Elizabeth Garone - BBC
When you’re not the one your boss loves most, here’s what to do...
Think about exactly what your boss needs to succeed and look good to his bosses. Find a way to help make it happen.
Boss as customer
For Andrew Wittman, a former marine, police officer, and federal agent, the solution is to change your perspective.
“No matter where you work or for whom, when you approach work from the perspective that says, ‘My boss is not my boss; he or she is my customer or client’, everything changes,” said Wittman, managing partner of South Carolina-based leadership consultancy Mental Toughness Training Center. “You’ll instantly have all the power and control. You are merely leasing your services to the company. They are your client and you give them great customer service.”
It’s important not to start feeling bad about yourself — or letting the idea of not being a favourite take over your thoughts, said Wittman. Otherwise, that’s all you will think about and you’ll lose out on opportunities to get ahead. “If you focus on making your boss a satisfied customer and making she or he look great to the higher ups, which will lead to being a ‘favourite’, your brain will sift through all the facts and data and confirm you are a favourite,” said Wittman. As a result, you’ll be less critical, be able to focus on solving problems more intently and act in ways that will naturally make the boss happy.
Rare these days is a boss — or subordinate — who sticks around for life. So, luckily you are unlikely to be wedded to this person for eternity. You probably won’t like working for someone who plays favourites, even if you become the flavour of the month. But don’t let yourself fall into a workplace pit of despair over it. Instead, continue working hard and behaving professionally and show that you care about the team, company, and clients.