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Mental fortitude is the ability to focus and find solutions amid adversity. It’s being able to get back up when you fall. As entrepreneurs, we hear about this all the time, but it’s often easier said than done. Whenever we face challenges, we have two options: fight or flight. At that moment, we need to make a choice. Will you take ownership of the situation and keep going?  

In this episode, Lisa Tamati joins us to talk about how her personal life and business challenges built her grit and determination. She shares several business secrets to take your work to the next level. Mental fortitude is not just about your attitude towards challenges; it’s also how you deal with your daily life routine. Lisa shares some healthy habits we need to incorporate into our lives.

If you want to be inspired to build mental fortitude, then this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to this full episode on mental fortitude:

  1. Learn how to build mental fortitude through consistent action.
  2. Discover how you can actively take ownership of your life and decisions.
  3. Understand how to create healthy habits and routines in your daily life.


Episode Highlights

Building Mental Fortitude over Time

  • Lisa learned discipline at a young age through her father and gymnastics. 
  • Gymnastics taught Lisa how to work hard, overcome fears, and perform in high-stress situations. 
  • Lisa shares that wanting to please her father and prove herself capable was a big driving force in her actions. 

Take Action 

  • When we make mistakes and stumble, we get back up again. You build mental fortitude step by step.
  • As we keep taking action, we might fail, but there’s a chance for success too. 
  • Lisa shares how she did a little bit of everything. Although she wasn’t qualified in the usual sense to do the work, she finds ways to do them anyway. 

Overcome Challenges and Obstacles with Mental Fortitude

  • Lisa shares the hardest challenge she ever had to face was almost losing her mother to an aneurysm. 
  • They told her to expect the worst, but Lisa refused to accept it. Her mental fortitude wouldn’t let her accept it.
  • She read up on everything she could about brain injuries and aneurysms to help her mother. 
  • Listen to the full episode to hear Lisa’s story!  

How to Take Ownership

  • Lisa notes how doctors have limitations. Some work long shifts and have hundreds of patients per day. 
  • We need to do the work and have due diligence. 
  • Obsessively researching helped Lisa get her mother back to good health. 
  • Take ownership of the situation and get into the details of your problems. 

Lisa’s Business Secrets

  • Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is essential. 
  • Knowing them means you find the right partners and people to cover your weaknesses. 
  • Quit when an idea isn’t working anymore is crucial. It can be tempting but don’t keep holding on to it. 
  • Time management means more energy throughout the day. Knowing what you need to focus on saves energy. 

Building a Healthy Habit of Mental Fortitude

  • Through epigenetics, Lisa knows when the optimal time is for exercise, intellectual work, and resting. 
  • It’s common for people to say entrepreneurs need to work harder, working over 18 hours a day. 
  • This kind of attitude is dangerous and leads to health issues and sleep deprivation. 
  • Resting can be just as productive as work. Understand that if you’re not stressed all the time, you can be more productive in half the amount of time.    

How Nature and Nurture Helps Us

  • Genetics doesn’t spell our destiny. It just guides us on what we have to watch out for. 
  • Once we know what we’re susceptible to, we can build a routine to optimize our health. 
  • You can influence how your genes express through the actions you take and the environment you put yourself into. 
  • Through epigenetics, you can learn about what you can eat and what you should avoid, when and what you should exercise, and more! 
  • Learn more about personalizing your routines in the full episode! 

Accepting Yourself and Your Body 

  • Often, our goals focus on the way we look and how we perform in specific sports. 
  • We need to understand and accept that our bodies are different, and it’s a reality that some sports just aren’t for us. 
  • Being different isn’t bad. It means we have different roles to play. 
  • Pushing your limits, in your way, helps you learn more about yourself. 
  • Becoming stronger means facing challenges head-on.  You build mental fortitude in small steps.

Lisa’s Advice on Building Mental Fortitude 

  • Remember, we’re more capable than we think. 
  • Live your life and keep working towards your big goals. 
  • Don’t forget to rest. Recovery is an important part of working hard too! 

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

“Having that mentality of just ‘go, go, go’ and take action, and [when you] fail and get back up again: learn from that mistake. And that resilience, I think that comes from that because you do fall on your face sometimes; and other times, you’re hugely successful.” 

“You have to be the one that goes and does the work, does the research, and not feel as if you don’t have the right to do that because we live in a day and age where we can access the greatest minds on the planet.”

“So many people are just written off as: you’ve got a terminal illness, you’ve got cancer or you whatever the case may be, and there’s no hope for you. When that is not true.”

“I used to work up until 12, 1 o’clock in the morning. I don’t anymore because it’s a false economy, you think you are getting more done by being an absolute hard entrepreneur working 18 hours a day, all that does is lead to health issues and problems and sleep deprivation.”

“So genetics is not your destiny – it depends on which genes are turned on and off, how they will really express and this is when your environment comes into it. So if you have a combination of knowing what your genetics are, and knowing how to optimize them, and avoid trial and error, then you’ll be able to do the best with what you’ve got.”

About Lisa

Lisa Tamati is one of New Zealand’s well-known ultramarathon runners. She is an expert in mindset & developing mental fortitude.
With over 25 years of experience as an ultra-endurance athlete, Lisa has competed in the world’s most challenging endurance events. She has also led and participated in various expeditions in locations like the Gobi Desert, the Sahara Desert, and the Himalayas. 

Inspired by her experiences, Lisa has written about her running journey in Running Hot and Running to Extremes. Her latest book, Relentless, recounts how she and her mother defied the odds. The book is a personal look at Lisa’s mental fortitude and how she did everything to save her mother from the brink of death.   

Lisa is also the host of the “Pushing the Limits” podcast, where she invites leading health experts and high-performance athletes to talk about being the best that we can be. Lisa is also a sought-after international speaker, co-founder of Running Hot Coaching and the Epigenetics and Workplace Wellness programs. 

Excited for the latest releases from Lisa? You can follow her on her website, Peak Wellness, and Pushing the Limits Podcast. 

You can contact Lisa through email ([email protected]) or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

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