Everyone would like to be a mentally strong person, but mental resilience can be extremely hard to achieve when life gets on top of you.
Mental toughness is a choice and a discipline, not an innate quality bestowed upon the lucky.
We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.
Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens and take decisive action if you want to move through it successfully.
But it isn’t.
It’s hard to be mentally tough, especially when you feel stuck. The ability to break the mold and take a bold new direction requires that extra grit, daring and spunk that only the mentally toughest people have.
Discover some keys to strengthen your emotions and thoughts in this article.
Identify the challenges
Emotional and mental strength basically consists of adapting to difficulties in the best way possible. After experiencing pain, anguish or stress, the next step is to put yourself back together and carry on.
Perfect your abilities so that you are then able to create plans and, of course, carry them out. Think of your goals from a positive perspective and control those strong impulses to give up on your dreams. You can achieve everything if you take one step at a time.
Of course, we can’t control everything, and making mistakes is also part of learning. For sure you’ve heard the saying “He who doesn’t take risks gains nothing”, and we could add “He who doesn’t make mistakes doesn’t progress”.
If you’re not willing to face failure, then you won’t be emotionally strong.
Accept constructive criticism, don’t allow unexpected things to overwhelm you and remember that, of any bad thing that happens, you can always find a good part. You need to practice and try many times until you get the result you want. You need to allow yourself to make mistakes.
Think of difficulties as opportunities
However catastrophic what has happened may seem, you always have the possibility to rise from the ashes, like the phoenix. Focus on the opportunities and not the difficulties.
Balance positive and negative thinking
“Positive thinking is important because when you believe good things will happen, you tend to work towards making them happen, and you also notice good things happening.
“Negative thinking is also important, because it allows you to anticipate what could go wrong, and plan how to deal with them.”
Ignore negative people
Unfortunately, we are surrounded by people who speak negatively of others and always see the bad side of everything. These people don’t add anything to your life and, what is worse, they subtract from it. This negative impact does not enable you to be emotionally strong because you copy their habits. Don’t let pessimists influence you.