Why you need unbreakable Mental toughness:
You need mental toughness because life is full of setbacks. Business goals, fitness aspirations, relationship dreams, family peace — all of these realms of our life are subject to entropy. Things just get crazy. Life gets hard. And even when things are going well, the ability to focus and get things done is a primary element that separates those who succeed from those who fail, again and again.
Are you tired of failing? Perhaps you need to develop one of the core attributes that predicts success: mental toughness.
It’s Not About Perfect. It’s About Effort.
Mental toughness is hard to define.
It’s the “grit” that makes you keep going during a hard workout. It’s the refusal to give up when confronted by seemingly insurmountable obstacles. It’s the internal motivation that takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.
Someone who is mentally tough doesn’t care about being perfect, they care about effort. They care about showing up and getting it done.
How To Increase Your Mental Toughness
While some people seem to have mental toughness bred into them, most of us don’t. We have to learn it the hard way—through challenge, difficulty, and triumph. Here are our favorite tips for building mental toughness from the ground up. Reference these often as you continue your journey.
- Build an unshakable self-belief in your ability to achieve goals and change yourself for the better.
- Cultivate a fiery desire to succeed.
- Develop internal motivation to do the work required to learn, adapt, and succeed.
- Focus on the needs of the situation at hand. Take the first step, then another. Don’t be distracted by “what if.”
- Train yourself to switch on and off focus as needed.
- Embrace pressure, anxiety, pain, and hardship with the knowledge that you can cope with it. You are strong.
- Overcome frustration and self-critical negativity to do what needs to be done. Don’t worry; instead, act.
- Move on from mistakes. The past is the past. The future is what we make of it. Love yourself enough to not let failure get you down.
- Have passion for what you do. Let this passion drive you forward.
- Visualize success. A clear mental picture of success can make all the difference.
- Stay calm. Seek out pressure situations to learn calm. Maintain composure. Calmness is not an inherent personality trait. It can be learned. You are an adult: act like one.
- Learn to see every single discomfort you face as an opportunity to build mental toughness and to acclimatize yourself to difficulty. This will help you prepare, in small but increasing ways, to deal with any situation.
- Don’t give up. Most defeats are self-defeats. Don’t give up. Keep going. Don’t give up.
Developing mental toughness is a lifelong process. Some of the toughest people I’ve even known have been very, very old. Their bodies may have been failing, but they were strong at their core.
Once you have developed the proper approach to mental toughness and begun to cultivate the right habits and frames of mind, you will grow stronger of mind. Mental toughness can take you far. Good luck.