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Jake Luhr
Friday, September 25, 2020

Happy Friday Everyone!  

Fortitude can be defined as courage in pain or adversity.  To have fortitude means you have the mental and emotional strength to face difficulties.   Sherrie Campbell, a psychologist, author, and speaker states: "When we develop the mental fortitude necessary to stay strong in the face of adversity, we abate the fears of being in it".  She identifies 8 essentials for developing mental fortitude(which I paraphrased):

  1. Define your win - winning is about competing with the challenge at hand and coming out with the results we want.  
  2. Create efficient procedures - we must try to hold our emotional reactions in check enough to utilize mental objectivity.
  3. Set priorities - identify critical stressors and attack them first.  This prevents us from being our own roadblock.
  4. Self-evaluation - we reflect on our actions with honesty and integrity.
  5. Self-control - use mindfulness to harness the emotions that control how well we perform so we do not succumb to fear, anger, or frustration.
  6. Prepare for negotiations - be well prepared for and anticipate the answers to different scenarios that may play out.
  7. Mental training - perform some form of self-reflection.  Journal writing is a great way to mentally train.
  8. Relentless optimism - success is not built upon negative thinking.  We must replace our pessimistic thinking with hopeful thinking.

Mental fortitude can be seen throughout our district.  It comes as no surprise that a similar word to replace fortitude is Bravery.  Braves, Bravettes and Bravery.  Is it a coincidence that we have fortitude?  I think NOT!  We are embracing and developing the fortitude within our identity.

Happy Friday!