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258 Developing Mental Toughness 2 Challenge: identifying challenging goals that are perceived as difficult but achievable opportunities. 3 Commitment: how important is the ultimate goal? Self-efficacy ­ a belief in the ability to achieve the goals ­ is closely related to the concepts of control and confidence in abilities in mental toughness. The extent to which promises are made to self and to others is at the heart of commitment in mental toughness. 4 Feedback: particularly whilst on the journey to the goal. Feedback enables a sense of progress and provides the opportunity to flex or adapt as needed. 5 Task complexity. The more complex the task the more difficult it will be to achieve. This needs to be taken into account in both planning and execution. There is a risk that individuals can take on too much without giving themselves a realistic chance of achieving the task. Ultimately, understanding how goal setting works and how it can be applied helps the individual to be more effective. Our experience in the full spectrum of applications indicates to us that there are three aspects of goal setting that are important: 1 Setting clear, realistic achievable goals ­ where the SMART or