You’ve been thinking about sharing a secret with a friend, but you can’t find the words. Or, you’ve had an incredible business idea that’s been paying dividends, but you’re afraid of leaving your job to focus on it full-time because of the fair of failure. These are just two examples of the many challenges life throws at us daily, and we need to be mentally ready.
There are many ways to categorize how people cope with their realities. Mental toughness is a theme that propels us to look at how we compartmentalize our levels of success.
Two ways to classify people are mentally healthy and mentally vulnerable. Mentally vulnerability is a result of indecisiveness, trauma, lack of achievement, and encouragement, to name a few.
It’s easy for you to think of someone that’s mentally strong and another as weak. We created some tips to introduce how to become mentally stronger, maintain stability, and encourage yourself to complete goals. We walk you through how to increase security, confidence, set, and complete goals. All of these points intertwine to create a positive view of working on yourself.
- Getting started! Taking the initiative is a coping skill that matures over time from our younger years. Talking is just one step towards taking action; doing something different counts. Formulating a plan is a way to build a reaction to work towards goal completion. Some of us are good at getting started, but most quickly run out of gas. Sometimes you may do a decent job of planning, but never taking the first step when it comes time to take action. Lack of focus is another factor that may cause a person to either jump from one idea to the other or being distracted easily. Centering yourself with meditation and mindfulness are some options of many to increase attentiveness.
- Finish. Everyone does not share the excitement of completing a task or project, making finishing a problem for some people. Tip #1 is only part of the battle. Continous reminders and efforts are the best ways to ensure the improvement or completion of your goals. Some tools utilized to track progression are calendars and journals. Take relevant breaks and review your goals. Reviewing your goals serves as a conduit to reminding yourself of what is important to you.
- Finding Success in the Darnest Places. It’s necessary to do some difficult things. These problematic things might require a few failed attempts, learning something challenging, or simply doing something uncomfortable. Acceptance of failure is not an acceptance of defeat. Every day is the opportunity to re-assess, make adjustments, and try again. In finding success, accepting freely given positive feedback is a want, not a need. Look for the good in you, to encourage yourself to continue with your goal(s).
- Change is a wonderful opportunity for growth and progress. Those with established coping skills will take advantage of change, while others may feel apprehensive or stagnant. Welcoming change can be troublesome, yet realizing change can come in small doses, just one day at a time. A drastic change can create an atmosphere of self-doubt and more failed attempts necessary. Therefore, setting realistic and timed goals can set an atmosphere of change. Trust the process.
- Take risks. Taking risks is the next step in making your commitment to become mentally healthy. Taking risks works as a catalyst for change. Calculated risks are a part of creating success. These steps afford people to avoid taking foolish risks or playing the game of life too conservatively. Finding the middle ground in this process will be beneficial.
Tips 1-5 will help to build security and confidence in oneself. With security created, you are then able to congratulate others without malicious intent. This security allows you to feel happy for others when they achieve something positive or share the good news. Security promotes happiness from within. Becoming mentally healthy is not a you against the world problem, but an awareness of areas you need to work on day by day. Examples of increasing mental toughness are meditation, mindfulness, prayer, and or engaging in a hobby. Your mental toughness will become stronger as you set small goals and achieve them with success. If you fail at multiple attempts, reevaluate your plan, and make changes.
The best is yet to come! Why not try to do something different today!