Developing mental strength is one of the key elements in leading a happy and successful life. mental strength is a skill that can be learned by anyone. The definition of mental strength varies from one person to another. However, common factors such as focus in the midst of challenges and creating big visions for their life and following through with them.
Regardless of the definition of mental strength, there are various characteristics common to people with mental strength. They have a number of things they do and some that they do not do. If you are striving to become mentally strong, here is a list of things you should not be doing.
1. They do not spend time feeling sorry for themselves
Mentally strong people understand that they cannot control everything that happens around them. They do not spend time wallowing about missed opportunities or the unfairness surrounding them. Instead, they focus on shaping the course of their lives regardless of the circumstances that surround them.
Instead of focusing on all the wrong things that are happening in your life, practice being grateful for what you have. Gratitude helps you suddenly change your attitude from negative to positive. Soon, circumstances you saw as impossible become opportunities for growth.
2. They are not afraid of change
Life is full of changes. The mentally strong person is aware of this and does not allow himself to dwell in a comfort zone. They are constantly looking for ways to make themselves even better. When change comes, they see opportunity and embrace it. Mentally strong people have faith in their ability to adapt to changes.
To eliminate the fear of change, it is important to remind yourself that growth comes from change.
3. They do not give away their power
Mentally strong people are aware that they are in charge of their lives. They understand that they are in charge of their thoughts and their emotions and they control them. Mentally strong people do not give up control to people or things. They have learned to maintain a balance between their thoughts and their emotions.
To become mentally strong, it is important to set personal and emotional boundaries. In order to set these boundaries, you have to understand your self-worth, your limitations and your definition of success. This way, you are better equipped to handle your actions and emotions.
4. They do not strive to please everyone
Mentally strong people appreciate the fact that they cannot please all people. In fact, they do not try to please people or win their love. They know that they will ruffle a few feathers along the way. Mentally weak people tend to say yes to every favor asked of them. The mark of a mentally strong person is the courage to say no’ even when they are expected to say yes’.
Learn every day to say no to requests you feel you cannot handle. Do not over commit yourself to events or activities you cannot handle. Politely decline activities you feel will put a strain on your schedule – whether it is a request to attend extra PTA meetings or an invite to a social event.
5. They do not fear taking risks
Mentally strong people are not afraid of taking risks. They understand that success comes from trying. When faced with a situation that is risky, they calculate their risks and approach the situation from a point of knowledge.
Taking risks frightens the average person because they are afraid of leaving their comfort zones. However, to be mentally strong, you have to learn to appreciate fear. You appreciate the fear of taking risks by carefully analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of taking the risk and weighing them than developing a sound strategy. This way, you are taking informed risks not walking blindly into situations.