I overheard a conversation between two young men the other day about what it takes to be successful. These two young men were sold on the fact that to be successful you need to make and have a lot of money.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking money. But….. I have met a number of people who in my opinion are extremely successful and they don’t have a ton of it. The asset they do have is they are mentally strong. I love to be around this type of person and I try to do a good job at being mentally strong myself. We all know that we have to work to develop and maintain any good habit and being mentally strong is a good habit.
I will be the first to admit that I need to put some work in on this, but here is a collection of actions that mentally strong people take:
They keep their problems in prospective. It’s easy to exaggerate the negative and let things fly out of control.
They reassure themselves. They have self confidence and self assurance….”I can deal with this. I’ll be OK no matter what happens.”
They focus on what they can control. They spring into action when they can prevent problems and they don’t waste energy on things they can’t control.
They are aware of what might bring them down. They are able to adjust their activities and their lifestyle accordingly to shield themselves against potentially damaging influences.
They establish healthy boundaries. They speak up when necessary, and take responsibility for getting their needs met.
They spend time with positive people. If you’re surrounded by negative people, chances are they will infringe on your mental fortitude.
They prioritize their tasks. Mentally strong people understand that time is possibly their most important resource. They aren’t hesitant to scrap activities that bring them down. If it is something unpleasant yet important that must be accomplished, they dig in, get it done and out of the way.
They don’t forget to have fun. One of the best ways to stay mentally strong is to engage in leisure activities. No matter what the activity, if it improves their mental state they make sure to find time for it.
They have developed healthy coping skills. Mentally strong people use healthy coping skills such as meditation, walking, journaling and/or ?? to help keep their mind clear of negative influences.
As with most skills, living an all around healthy lifestyle provides a solid foundation for the mentally strong…. Enough sleep, a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity will give your mind a boost.