Mental Agility is my answer to “Mental Toughness”. A cliched bit of advice that, in my opinion, has been overused to the point of meaninglessness.
Mental toughness boils down to:
Just do it
Put your head down
Find a helmet
Grind it out
Grit, and perseverance are valuable virtues for any human to develop; I am not arguing against these virtues. I attack the lack of strategy.
Tough it out, is fantastic advice to someone who already knows what to do and has the ability to do it. Otherwise, it is impractical and dangerous advice to someone who has no idea what they are doing.
I collected various tools in the pursuit of permanent recovery from depression and anxiety. I write about philosophy, and different modes of thought that I experiment with to refine my perspective on life. I speak to the unique human ability to change our minds, and I show how to use tools to accomplish that change.
Since these tools have been tested on someone, like myself, with a severe mental illness; they can help improve the lives of those with AND without mental illness.
Upper School Counselor
Having Gordon speak at Pace was a true gift.
He was open, honest, raw, and humorous about tough subjects. The students were hanging on every word he said and many wanted to continue the conversation after his talk was over.
Students connected with him because he talks the talk and walks the walk. He's been in dark places and is real about that, but he also talks about the many strategies he uses to deal with negative feelings and leads them through some of those exercises. Students left his talk with new coping skills and ideas for self-care.
Gordon's content is excellent, and so is his delivery. He's passionate about the subject of mental health and helping others; students and faculty were grateful for his visit.