Your mindset is absolutely critical to being mentally tough. In its simplest form, mindset can be defined as a set of beliefs that shape how you make sense of the world and yourself. Your mindset if the lens through which you perceive reality. It determines if you view something as a threat or an opportunity, something to run from or tackle or a potential friend or enemy. If you have a victim mindset, you see yourself as powerless and subject to the will of others and the environment – your default mode will be reactive. Conversely, someone with a mentally tough mindset will adopt an attitude of control, they will believe they can direct their thoughts and actions to influence others, shape their environment and most importantly change themselves for the better.