Mental toughness is a valuable skill in today’s challenging world.
Most people know how to build physical strength – but there’s a lot more ambiguity when it comes to building mental strength.
The reason is simple.
Your thoughts have powerful influence over what you feel and how you behave.
In fact, scientists at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging estimate humans have about 70,000 thoughts per day. That means you have 70,000 opportunities to think optimistically or tear yourself down.
While there are many exercises that can help you become mentally tough, here are 3 easy ways to boost mental toughness:
1. Talk to yourself like a trusted friend.
As mentioned earlier, our thoughts have powerful influence over what we feel and how we behave.
In fact, your inner monologue has a tendency to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thinking things like, “I will never get this business profitable,” or “Things never work out for me,” can alter your behavior in a way that makes those predictions come true.
Replace these negative thoughts with optimistic ones.
When you notice yourself thinking something like, “I can’t figure this out,” remind yourself that your thoughts aren’t necessarily true.
Instead, ask yourself, “What would I have to believe in order to make this happen?” Then, focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t.
2. Take charge of your emotions.
Allowing emotions to control your focus drains your will power.
Emotions are nothing more than actions signals. These signals are telling you that something needs to change.
If you are frustrated it’s because your current strategy isn’t going to get you to your goal – you need to change your approach.
If you are fearful about your presentation at the big conference – you need to prepare yourself to give an exceptional presentation.
Many emotional issues stem from a desire to avoid discomfort.
People who fear failure often avoid new challenges in order to keep their anxiety at bay. But, avoiding emotional discomfort is usually a short-term solution that leads to long-term problems.
Develop an awareness of how your emotions impact your focus.
And decide to be in control of your emotions, so that they don’t control you. Face uncomfortable feelings head-on and take charge of your focus.
Embracing discomfort will give you more confidence and you’ll gain the ability to face new challenges.
3. Behave productively despite the circumstances.
It’s impossible to feel mentally tough when you’re focused on circumstances you cannot control.
Your life doesn’t just “happen.” It is designed by you, whether you know it or not. The choices, after all, are yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose decisiveness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure.
Just remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. It gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results.
Build Mental Toughness
Everyone has the ability to be mentally tough.
But developing mental toughness requires resilience and optimistic thinking.
With focus, you’ll develop the awareness needed to regulate your thoughts, control your emotions, and behave productively despite your circumstances.
Learning how to flex your mental muscles is the key to reaching your greatest potential in life.
Whether your goal is to become a professional athlete or a successful entrepreneur, or an outstanding parent – mental strength will help you achieve your goal.
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