The 5 Key Pillars of Mental Resilience

This week I ran my Masterclass for one of my very favourite clients Rolls Royce. I always look forward to running these for them as they respond so well to the philosophy and techniques of Mental Resilience. This Masterclass includes the five key pillars of Mental Resilience which all happy high achievers have – 3 of which are Commitment, Self-belief and Control.

During these sessions I give examples of people who have had to believe that they can succeed even though all the evidence around them points in the opposite direction. This is where commitment, self-belief and control come in.

Famous Failures

I play a video of famous people who at one time in their early days were told to give up, forget it, that they didn’t have what it takes to make it, or to go back to their day job. These are all famous people who should have listened to these wise advisers in their lives telling them to give up – but they didn’t!

Because they didn’t give up they ‘bucked the trend’ and made it against all the odds. They succeeded where most people would have given up. They had the five pillars of Mental Resilience in place which took them to the very top of their chosen career.

Belief systems

These 5 pillars are key to living a successful happy life. I have studied these at length and have found these can all be developed with the right belief system and the right attitude. I turned my life around 5 years ago by introducing these into my life and working on them.

I talk about our belief system which may be real to us but may not be real. We all create belief systems during our lifetimes depending what we experience whether positive or negative. I’ve mentioned before how I believed that there was no way I could ever speak in public because of my insecure upbringing.

Everything changed

This was my true belief at that time so when I faced that situation I automatically reverted to that belief and my mind and body shut down. It wasn’t until I challenged that belief and created a new belief that everything changed, and I finally managed to speak in front of people.

I now really enjoy speaking in public and don’t get nervous. This is a revolution for me and gives me the opportunity to travel the world speaking and inspiring people with simple yet very effective techniques on Mental Resilience.

I came across this little story about using your skills and abilities in the right place:

The Right Place

A mother and a baby camel were lying around under a tree. Then the baby camel asked, “Why do camels have humps?”

The mother camel considered this and said, “We are desert animals, so we have the humps to store water, so we can survive with very little water.” The baby camel thought for a moment then said, “Ok…why are our legs long and our feet rounded?”

She explained in detail

The mama replied, “They are meant for walking in the desert.” The baby paused. After a beat, the camel asked, “Why are our eyelashes long? Sometimes they get in my way.” The mama responded, “Those long thick eyelashes protect your eyes from the desert sand when it blows in the wind.

The baby thought and thought. Then he said, “I see. So, the hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eye lashes protect my eyes from the desert then why do we live in the Zoo?”

The Lesson: Skills and abilities are only useful if you are in the right place at the right time. Otherwise they go to waste.

Thoughts for the week:

1. Do you believe you have reached the very peak of your potential for your life?
2. Do you think there is more you can yet achieve?
3. You may have given up on many dreams – maybe you, or someone else told you to stop being a dreamer.
4. Everyone one of you reading this has more potential than you will ever realise.
5. Take a good look at yourself – do you have unfulfilled dreams? If so start to believe!

You can find more detailed information about the 5 key pillars in my book Off the Wall – How to Develop World Class Mental Resilience.

Well that’s it for this week have a great weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


Off the Wall – How to Develop World Class Mental Resilience available here (Special offer. Put in code 10POUND when prompted to receive a signed copy for £10 including postage and packing – UK only)

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