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  • Sisu – Developing Mental Toughness in the Face of Adversity

    Life without any adversity will be a life without any progress. We have this idea that we become better despite our problems but what if we become better because of them?

  • Musings on Mastery, Creativity and Sisu

    Adversities and setbacks can sometimes act as a catalyst for growth. Sarah Lewis' book "The Rise" explores their value in fostering creativity and mastery, as they create a dent in our usual routines and propel us to re-evaluate our strengths and imagine unexpected solutions. To overcome more extreme hardships we may also benefit from something Finns have known for centuries as 'sisu'.

  • Words Make our Worlds: Introducing Sisu

    What comes after perseverance? After you’ve reached your limits, exhausted all of your resources and there doesn’t seem to be anything left to tap into? The ability to wield courage in the face of adversity and stay hopeful amidst impossible circumstances has always been crucial for the survival of our species. How we respond to adversity has a significant impact on our well-being, so it makes sense that a deeper understanding of the determinants of resilience is not just ‘good for us’, but is an actual necessity.

  • Are You Mentally Tough?

    People who are mentally tough have a psychological edge that enables them to cope better than their opponents with the many demands that sports place on a performer, and they are also more consistent and better than their opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure.

  • Failure: The Good F-Word

    The value of failure is that it creates a dent in our usual routines and propels us to re-evaluate our strengths, as well as seek out new creative solutions. No one can escape life´s inevitable curve balls, but perhaps by meeting them with the right mindset—with an awareness of our underlying strength and adaptability—we can learn to embrace adversities, and harness their capacity to lead to greater well-being and resilience.

  • True Courage – and Why You Need it This Christmas

    What if the present you give this season is the gift of your presence? Your authentic self, vulnerable and utterly courageous, in the truest sense of the word.

  • The Brilliance of a Dream: Introducing the Action Mindset

    Evolution comes before survival only in the dictionary. We are creatures of reason, programmed to preserve energy and maintain equilibrium. However, in order to not merely survive but to thrive, we must occasionally crank our comfort-o-meter to the red zone. Having an 'action mindset' will help you bear the initial discomfort and reap the ultimate rewards.

  • Satisficing: How to Reach Your Best by Not Giving a Damn

    Check yourself before you wreck yourself - aim to 'satisfice' to make sure your nervous system works for you, not against you.