The continuum of mental fitness and health

Lee Richardson
High performing individuals deal with the demands of competition at one end of the Mental Fitness & Health continuum. Coping with intense pressures, in pursuit of objectives related to personal goals which are to a large extent an extension of the personal identity of the individual.

Competitive Landscape

Successfully navigating through this competitive landscape will in part depend on a combination of Social, Behavioural, Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence.
High performing individuals who have mastered their professional and personal worlds have the opportunity to “Self-Actualise” or fulfil their potential as a human being by achieving an “Authentic” self in accordance with Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchical model.

Four Pillars

The Four Pillars of Elite Performance is a robust evidenced based conceptual model. Providing information for the development of key Inter-relational, Motivational, Cognitive and Emotional elements of peak performance. Thus offering individuals a pathway to improving Social, Behavioural, Cognitive and Emotional effectiveness.

At the other end of the continuum individuals who as a consequence of negative life events and experiences and or insufficient available physical and mental resources, they can find themselves concerned with challenges to their mental well- being. Ironically, due to the nature of the high performance environments individuals can be vulnerable to episodes of stress from competition demands which in tandem with other life events can lead toward a deterioration in Psychological functioning.

The Four Pillars of Mental Fitness and the Safety Net of Well Being connect the continuum of mental health and promote both Meta-Cognition & Healthy Psychological Functioning.