What does it mean to be mentally tough? Have you ever wondered why some people succeed in their goals while others do not? Or, why some people persevere through difficulties and tough times, while others crumble? What is the difference between these people?
Sometimes, we answer these questions by saying, “Well, she’s smarter,” or even things such as, “He got lucky.” However, don’t you think there is more to it than that? A bigger picture, perhaps?
In fact, research conducted by the Carnegie Institute of Technology reveals that 85% of your success is due to skills in “human engineering,” as well as your personality and ability to negotiate, lead and communicate. Shockingly, only 15% is due to technical knowledge.
What makes the biggest impact on your success in life? ─ Your mental toughness.
This is actually good news as we can’t do too much about the genes we inherited or our IQ levels. However, we can do a lot about how mentally tough we are.
Why is it important to be mentally tough? How can you become mentally tougher? Read on to find out!
3 Ways To Become Mentally Tough In Life
It turns out that mentally tough employees, writers and artists perform on a more constant basis than others do. Mentally tough people operate on a consistent schedule, and not only when they feel like it. They address their work like a professional, not a novice. They do the most important thing first and do not cheat on obligations.
Here’s the great news ─ perseverance and toughness can become your defining traits, despite the abilities you were born with. Now, you can grow to be more mentally tough. In fact, you can acquire superhuman margins of mental toughness.
Here are 3 strategies that work in today’s real world:
1. Define for Yourself What Mental Toughness is to You ~
Make a list of what you want to accomplish. A list of things that you might struggle with now. Such as:
- Going two weeks without missing or altering your workout schedule.
- Going one week without eating unhealthy or processed foods.
- Deliver your work ahead of schedule all week.
- Find daily time to reflect, journal write or meditate.
- Do something extra every day. It can be something small such as doing one more rep or finding time for one more 10 minute Yoga session. Or, even doing one extra thing at work.
- Spend “you” time every week. This can be a creative activity, going hiking with the pooch, or riding your bike in your favorite park.
Whatever you decide to add to your list, be clear about your expectations. Mental toughness might seem abstract, but it ties to real-world actions. You can’t think or imagine your way to becoming mentally tough; you have to prove it by performing in real-time, every single day.
2. Becoming Mentally Tough Is Achieved Through Small, Concrete Wins ~
There is no doubt that hard circumstances test our mental toughness. However, what about daily challenges? It’s when we are faced with getting our work finished, or getting up early enough, or creating instead of consuming that we are weak. It’s the everyday battles that we need to start tackling and winning. This is how you become mentally tough every single day.
3. Becoming Mentally Tough is About Daily Habits, Not Motivation ~
Becoming mentally tough means to build daily habits, and sticking to them, which will enable you to succeed in the long run. It means creating a schedule and keeping it; working towards a goal in a consistent manner.
You need to learn how to focus and to get past daily obstacles without losing that focus. Bad habits can be deal breakers in this regard. Focus on creating habits that are focused around your list that you created in step one. Then focus on keeping those habits every single day. Lose the bad habits that inhibit your ability to focus and achieve your goals.
Here is a basic list to help you build a new, focused habit:
- Start by establishing your identity. Who are you? Who do you want to become?
- Focus on little, daily behaviors, and not life-altering actions. Change will come with time.
- Develop a daily routine that gets you going. Stick to this routine even if you don’t feel like it.
- Don’t obsess or worry about the final results. Stick to your schedule no matter what.
- When you mess up, don’t stress over it, and get back to your schedule as soon as possible. Don’t linger over the mishap.
In conclusion, becoming mentally tough depends on your habits. It is about completing the tasks you know you are supposed to do on a constant basis. It is about your commitment to everyday applications and your capability to adhere to a schedule.
Robin and the Zen Team
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