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Mastering Mental Toughness

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MASTERING MENTAL TOUGHNESS
WITH NICHOLAS A. DAVENPORT, M.S. $99

This 8-module course explores the different dimensions of mental toughness.  This trait is the foundation of achieving goals, keeping focus, adapting to adversity and executing consistent performance! The course is brought to you by Nicholas Davenport, founder of Mind.Body.1. a brand who's methods have been used to improve the performance of world class athletes, the U.S. Military, corporations, schools and many other demographics.  We have developed innovative approaches to target multiple dimensions of mental performance.  This course will build up to not only take you to new levels but have a solid foundation to become mentally tougher and reach your peak!  

8 Modules with video lectures, activities and review notes

We combine evidence based concepts with practical methods that have been used in real life!  It's like getting a college level class but it's made so you can make sense of the material and apply it to your own endeavors. 

A training plan with effective task to improve your mental toughness 

This program will provide a systematic way for you to train. your mental toughness in the same manner you would train to run a marathon or building muscle.  These skills must be practiced and you will get a 4-week plan to do so.

Interact with others with our online community

We all have struggles, worries or topics we have difficulties with.  In our community you can discuss the things you do to overcome.  Having a social network can greatly benefit building mental toughness.

 ABOUT NICHOLAS A. DAVENPORT, M.S.

Nicholas A. Davenport is an applied psychologist, researcher, mental coach and former college professor who has consulted and taught thousands of students, athletes, police, health professionals and military personnel. His work involves enhancing performance through understanding personality, cognitive ability, physical performance and stress management.  He has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sport, NBC and many other media outlets. 

I believe these methods have help me improve and stay calm under pressure while trying to figure things out,”  

-Dustin Poirier

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Why Learn About Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a catch-all term that usually gets seen as an all or nothing trait.  The old saying "You either got it or you don't" usually comes to most people's mind when talking about mental toughness.  However, we now know that it isn't just a finite skill and it is made of a multitude of different concepts.

Everyday you have deadlines, changes of plans, goals to meet, people to fulfill and all of it is predicated on how well you perform.  Your performance can be influenced by physical, psychological, financial and social stressors just to name a few.  

The people who understand these concepts don't necessarily receive more success, but rather have the ability to endure struggles, find motivation and interpret challenges as a way to over come rather than fail.  This lays the foundation to deal with things such as anxiety, failure, physical fitness, focus, motivation and confidence.

If you understand the foundations of mental toughness and how to interpret what it takes to manage stress, emotions and consistently perform under all kinds of conditions, you will have a better chance to utilize it in your daily life. 

Who Should Take This Course

Anyone who has ever wondered how they can react better to adversity or deal with stress in an efficient manner can benefit from this course. 

This course includes strategies and activities to help you practice skills and identify the personality traits that are shared by individuals who can look at an obstacle and charge at it head first with a plan!

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How This Course Will Help You!

Define What Mental Toughness Is 

 Learn Applied Psychological Interventions

Learn How to Shift Your Thinking

Use Process Goals to Follow Through With Your Endeavors

Adjust Better to Negative Emotion

Improve Your Physical Toughness

Understand The Social Aspects of Mental Toughness

What Personality Traits Can Influence Your Decisions

How to Assess Mental Toughness

Say The Things Mentally Tough People Say

Use The Science of Stress To Better Manage It

Improve Your Focus and Confidence

Our overall mission is to strive for you to perform to your highest ability regardless of levels of stress, lack of resources or preparedness through heightened cognitive, psychological and physical performance.

-Nicholas A. Davenport

Course Curriculum

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Module 1: What is Mental Toughness

This module will discuss not only the general definition of mental toughness but other aspects to take in consideration.  You will learn common misconceptions, cognitive biases that influence our behavior and a checklist of how to improve mental toughness immediately.

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Module 2: Measuring Mental Toughness

Just like personality traits, we can also quantify mental toughness.  This module aims to break down the specific components that make up mental toughness, what they mean and how to spot them in yourself and others. 

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Module 3: Advantages of Stress

There's a huge misconception on stress.  It is scene as a negative aspect of life.  In this module you will learn the mechanisms of stress, how it affects us and how to use it in a productive manner to enhance your performance and build mental toughness.

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Module 4: The Physical Aspects of Toughness

It was once common to directly associate physical toughness to mental toughness. People thought if you could endure a lot of physical pain you were "mentally tough".  While we now know that there is a correlation on how physical performance can affect the mental, this section will cover the best way to utilize it safely and effectively.

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Module 5: Mental Skills Training

The applied psychology field was designed to take theories and out them into practical usage.  These techniques and interventions will supply you with the tool set to reframe your thoughts, improve your focus, build confidence and be consistent with your goals.

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Module 6: Personality Traits of Peak Performance

The Big-5 personality test helps us explain human behavior and it's affect on life.  These personality traits have an influence on mental toughness.  This module will teach what traits directly correlate to building confidence, consistency, and managing stress. Once you know these concepts you will have a better vision of what a mentally tough person looks lilke.

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Module 7: Mental Flexibility

The cognitive component is often overlooked when it comes to mental toughness.  This involves how the brain processes information and how it influences behaviors.  Whether it be physical, psychological or emotional, it will involve executive functioning.

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Module 8: Mental Toughness Training Plan

This plan is a 4-week program that will allow you to build the skills needed to improve your mental toughness through structured protocols that include hands-on task, routines, performance enhancement tools and physical exercises.

  • Does this course have advice or tips that can help me in my real everyday life?
    Absolutely! Most people have trouble managing stress, staying focused or setting basic goals. There's a way to improve these skills just as you would with a physical workout. We all have times when we need to overcome obstacles, so this course will allow you to understand the science behind your thinking so you can then put into action.
  • How long does it take to complete this course?
    This course is on-demand and self-paced which means you can access it at any time, from anywhere with no time restrictions. You can probably complete it within a 2-4 weeks or sooner dependent on how long you want to dedicate to learning! The beauty is however long it takes you to complete the course, you will always have access!
  • What is Applied Psychology
    Applied psychology is the use of multiple psychological disciplines to solve real world problems in a a variety of demographics. This course is based on the foundations of applied psychology as it requires the use of cognitive, personality, social, sport and clinical psychology. These diverse concepts all contribute to the centralized goal of performance enhancement. That's the beauty of it, because the multidisciplinary approach, it allows for a variety of solutions to improve mental toughness.
  • Do I need a background in psychology or neuroscience to take this course?
    No you do not! This course was made to be informative enough to educate those in academia, but still understandable enough to be comprehended and digestible to those not in academia or in the brain and behavior sciences. It includes practical lessons that can carryover to your everyday life but are backed off evidence based research.
  • Why the focus on Mental Toughness? What about other psychological concepts?
    Mental toughness is a construct that is comprised of a variety of psychological concepts. Someone who is mentally tough will have a combination of productive personality traits, competent social skills, can manage their emotions and plan goals efficiently to execute their endeavors. All in all one cannot be mentally tough with out having other aspects of psychological performance.
  • What kind of equipment do I need?
    This a great question as it is often assumed that it's impossible to train your brain with out a coach or fancy equipment. We created Brain A.C.T.I.V.E. with the thought of everyone getting access to some form of mental training. The equipment and materials needed will mostly consist of common items such as tennis balls or cones for some of the dynamic task. Some of the items can be printed out for use and others will be implemented through video instruction. The only technology necessary would be either a phone or tablet. Some of the task will be provided through YouTube link. This will allow you to administer the task and perform them with our clientele.
  • Is this good for concussion and TBI recovery?
    Those who suffer from any brain injury or mental health issues should seek medical professional help. With that being said, once an individual is cleared this training can be a great way to help promote cognitive and mental funciton.
  • How frequent should I train mental performance?
    Ideally you want to perform approximately 90 minutes of mental training per week. This can be broken down into incremental sessions and look to see noticeable results in 4-6 weeks.
  • Is this only for athletes?
    No! Brain A.C.T.I.V.E. is ideal for all demographics. The beauty of mental training is that the individual adapts from their own level and each drill can be scaled and applied in customizable ways.
  • What is Brain A.C.T.I.V.E.?
    Brain A.C.T.I.V.E. stands for: Applied Cognitive Psychology Training Interventions for Various Executive Functions This program involves a variety training concepts and tools derived from Mind.Body.1.'s Cognitive C.O.N.D.I.T.I.O.N.I.N.G. methodology. It can be used as an addition to a training program or stand alone on its own. Applied psychology involves a multidisciplinary approach using practical methods based on psychological concepts. It takes from evidence based research so you can use it in your everyday life, business, school, or sport. Brain A.C.T.I.V.E. contains task and drills to help with promoting brain function (memory, decision making, focus, goals/planning), build psychological skills (confidence, control worries, motivation) and a way to implementing physical activity while keeping your Brain ACTIVE!
  • Do I need a background in psychology or neuroscience to take this course?
    No you do not! This course was made to be informative enough to educate those in academia, but still understandable enough to be comprehended and digestible to those not in academia or in the brain and behavior sciences. Some of the different demographics that have taken our course include but is not limited to K-12 Educators, strength coaches, optometrist, sport psychologist, physical therapist and many more!
  • How long does this course take?
    This course is on-demand and self-paced which means you can access it at any time, from anywhere with no time restrictions. You can probably complete it within a 4-8 weeks are sooner dependent on how long you want to dedicate to learning! The beauty is however long it takes you to complete the course, you will always have access!
  • What is Cognitive C.O.N.D.I.T.I.O.N.I.N.G.
    The Cognitive C.O.N.D.I.T.I.O.N.I.N.G method is an acronym which stands for: Collectively Organizing Necessary Dimensions Intended to Target Individual Differences Optimal Performance Negative Appraisal and Inconsistent Delivery in Non-Athletic and Athletic Groups In short the overall mission is to strive for you to perform to your highest ability regardless of levels of stress, lack of resources or preparedness through heightened cognitive performance. When you look at failed performances, whether it be in sport, education, business, entertainment, tactical or even romantic/interpersonal, it is usually a lapse in one (or multiple) cognitive processes. Research has shown how different mental/cognitive processes play a role in human performance, but there has been a gap in the training of these skills in an interconnected methodology. Fields such as mental health, sport psychology and neuroscience all take approaches to a variety in issues but Cognitive C.O.N.D.I.T.I.O.N.I.N.G looks to bridge the gap with an emphasis on goal directed behavior, movement and outcomes in regard to exposure to stressors.
  • Do I receive a certificate or CEU's for completing this course?
    Yes! Once you complete all the course there is a final exam and assignment that you must complete. The exam requires an 80% grade to pass. After you pass the exam and complete the assignment you will receive a certificate and you can use the distinction "Certified Mind.Body.1. Specialist" or MB1-SPC.
  • What's included with the course?
    The course consist of 16 Modules, 120 Lessons, video lectures and text to teach the foundational concepts. It also includes over 200 task, skills and drills that you can use to implement with you population and clientele.
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