Mental strength is a tricky subject. There isn’t a clear path towards becoming mentally strong. If you want to become an excellent cook, you try out recipes and dedicate time to cooking. If you want to become a master at the piano, you take lessons and commit to daily practice. If you want to gain muscle definition, you go to the gym. Gaining mental strength, on the other hand, is a little more abstract and requires a much more individualistic approach.
Mental strength is vital to our well-being and quality of life. It allows us to work through challenges and be persistent in the pursuit of our goals. While we all have our own paths towards mental strength, we can recognize the behaviors of mentally strong people and reflect on how to integrate those same behaviors into our own lives.
It is easy to get stuck in our comfortable daily routine. Routines can be beneficial in helping us stay productive, but they can also keep us trapped. It’s hard to truly challenge yourself if you are going through your typical motions day after day. Mentally strong people know that, in order to grow, they need to find ways to challenge themselves, even when it is a bit uncomfortable.
Challenging yourself may look like finally trying a yoga pose in class that you typically deem as “too hard,” or trying out a new hobby that intimidates you. By finding ways to step out of your comfort zone, you are able to continue expanding the limits of what is possible for you.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
We all have a choice when it comes to fear. We can cower, and let it influence every decision we make and action we take, or we can stand bravely in the face of it and courageously move forward. Mentally strong people know that making fear-based decisions will only hold them back from achieving their goals and improving their lives. They can recognize fear and observe it from an understanding angle, but won’t allow it to take over their decision-making process.
There is no way around it – we all fail. It is what we do with those failures that determines our eventual success. If we take failure as a sign that we should just give up, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to achieve something great. If we can take our failures as opportunities to learn and grow, we can get ourselves one step closer to our goals. Mentally strong people understand that this is the key to growth.
Our culture can have a very narrow view of what success looks like. In reality, each person has their own unique version of what success and happiness truly look and feel like – even if they don’t know it. Mentally strong people don’t get sucked into the idea of society’s success. They define success on their own terms, and put their priorities ahead of what others think.
On the same token, mentally strong people don’t look at other peoples’ journeys and use them as a thermometer for their own successes and failures. They realize that each person is on their own unique path, and that it isn’t productive to compare themselves to others. It is far more useful to keep their eyes on their own journey, and determine the direction and pace that makes the most sense for them.
Our ability to grow and achieve our goals lies in our own hands. Mental strength doesn’t grow in an instant, but by cultivating it over time, we become better equipped to deal with life’s challenges and become our best selves. By working on your mental strength and adopting these habits, you are laying down the foundation for a richer and more fulfilling life.
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