Your Mental Fitness? Take This Quiz And And Find Out.
How fit do you consider yourself?
You can be fit in any number of arenas--financial, health, physical,
etc. But have you ever thought about the level of your mental fitness?
Have you stopped to consider that it might make sense to take an
inventory of your mental wellness? Take this quiz and find out your
MFQ--your Mental Fitness Quotient.
How's Your Mental Fitness?
Take This Quiz and Find Out
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
How fit do you consider yourself? You can be fit
in any number of arenas--financial, health, physical, etc. You consult
doctors, financial planners, chiropractors, CPA's, tax analysts,
bankers, stock brokers, nutritionists, tennis pros, golf pros, physical
therapists, fitness trainers and anyone else who might be able to
help you raise your particular fitness quotient.
But have you ever thought about the level of your mental fitness?
Have you stopped to consider that it might make sense to take an
inventory of your mental fitness?
Mental Fitness and You
Most people know their IQ, but how many know
their MFQ? (your Mental Fitness Quotient). Mental fitness is not
about one's intelligence level or about one's level of education.
Mental fitness or mental wellness is the state of being robustly
resistant to stress, hardy enough to challenge head-first the many
challenges of life, and having the ability to enjoy the entire process
and look forward to more.
Top Ten Mental Fitness Factors
In my years as a coach, researcher, trainer and
consultant, I have identified these ten factors as being highly
contributory to the mental fitness of peak performers. These high-performing
people use their minds intentionally, in specific ways and look
at the world in a strategic manner.
To find your MFQ, simply read each factor and give yourself a rating
on it from 1 (I do not have this skill) to 5 (I have this skill
somewhat) to 10 (I really have this skill), or anywhere in between.
Total your score and see the chart at the end for your MFQ.
- They View Life as an Adventure: They have reflected
on what they want out of life and have decided that life is to
be an exciting adventure, and they remind themselves of that daily.
- They Live Life With a Healthy Sense Of Urgency: They
realize that life is short and they are going to wring out all
the excitement, quality and grandeur life has to offer.
- They Make Meaning Out of an Often Meaningless World:
They know that for life to hold significance, they must form a
worldview that makes sense with their values and priorities.
- They Cultivate and Maintain a Strong Sense of Humor:
Many people have not developed the ability to laugh at themselves
or at life when it goes sour. This is a skill that peak performers
use as a major stress buffer.
- They Place Things in Perspective: Peak performers use
"Percentage Thinking" to see things in context so they can choose
how to react to events in their day. They know all items don't
cause the same stress.
- They Develop Mental Toughness: Peak performers live
by this credo: "Don't hope for an easy life; strive to be a strong
person." Can you apply this to your life?
- They Are Supreme Problem-Solvers: They have the flexibility
and adaptability to solve, avoid or reduce the problems we all
face. They welcome these as avenues to growth.
- They Maintain Focus Under Pressure: Top performers live
in the present moment, and even though they reflect for planning
purposes, they live in the here and now.
- They Recover From Stress Intentionally: They use the
principle of periodization to renew their reserves so they can
go out again and "do battle".
- They Continually Reinvent Themselves: Peak performers
endlessly re-formulate goals and their vision of life as they
achieve each step in their master plan.
Scoring Your MFQ
If you scored 0-25 you are in the beginning stages
of learning how to become stronger mentally. Absorb all you can.
If you scored 26-50 you are making some headway, but still have
much to learn. Jump in head first.
If you scored 51-75 you are building a solid mental fitness program.
Keep up the good work.
If you scored 76-100 you have quite a strong mental fitness profile.
The Next Step Is Yours
Will you make the decision to improve your mental
fitness starting right now? If you do, the results will astound
Begin by asking yourself these questions:
- What factors from the above list can I begin doing or improve
on right now?
- What larger changes do I need to make in my life to reach the
upper levels of a solid MFQ?
Let me know how you are doing. I'm interested
in your progress. Good Luck!.
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a better, more confident athlete, visit Bill Cole, MS, MA, the Mental
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