Emotional Mastery/Mental Toughness as Curriculum in Elementary Schools | The Mental Toughness Coach - Chris Dorris

Emotional Mastery/Mental Toughness as Curriculum in Elementary Schools

Imagine a world in which its inhabitants weren’t so completely emotionally volatile.

The fact that we aren’t teaching every one of our students – from an early age – how to master their thoughts and emotions, is an absolute outrage. Politics is clearly no longer the straight-line path to solving the world’s greatest problems. Individual Mastery is.

It comes back to Gandhi’s quote, “BE the change that you wish to see in the world.” And the change that we so desperately need is in learning how to control our emotional states and to train ourselves to become proficient at choosing high grade states that lead to release of neurotransmitters (Dopamine and Serotonin) that activate intelligence and promote creative genius. Those states include enthusiasm, gratitude, curiosity, competence, cooperation, celebration, expertise, safety, joy, etc.

We need to be teaching our children to be the Emotional Masters that we were not. And the curriculum already exists! It’s ready to go. And it’s simple, dynamic and fun – all of which promotes rapid learning.

Let’s make this happen!


  1. Stephen Weigert, M.S. says:

    Chris, Meeting you here in Palm Beach a few years ago was distinctly inspirational. I ended up quoting you in both of my books, “Who Wins and Why Fifty Keys to Victory in Sports, Business, and the Game of Life” and, this year, in “Fabulous Falsehoods: The Addiction Recovery Game.”

    Your latest advocacy of Emotional Mastery/Mental Toughness as an essential skill to be taught early in schools makes TOTAL sense.

    I’ve written that “You are ultimately in charge of whether to listen to or agree with ANY thoughts.” A learned ability to reframe our initial, sometimes compulsive, reaction to a challenge into, instead, a calm, mindful response allows each of us to master our universe and maintain our highest level of mind and body well-being. Clinically, we call that state homeostasis. Thanks again for your powerful insights.

    • Chris Dorris says:

      Stephen! Great to hear from you. And thank you for the mentions in your books! I continue to be puzzled as to why Emotional Mastery isn’t fundamental curriculum at all levels of education.

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