Essential Steps To Developing Mental Strength
We often come across discussions regarding physical strength. But what is never or very rarely discussed is mental strength. Since, mental strength cannot be ‘seen’ like physical strength, it is difficult to gauge its levels as well.
We have seen people, even siblings, getting the same education and opportunities, and yet one outshines all the rest. Many people call it luck. But this is not true. If we compare people with the same capabilities and opportunities, the ones with the strongest minds will win.
This is what differentiates the winners from the rest. Mental strength is the ability to maintain positive outlook towards life in the most unfavourable circumstances, keeping your emotions composed, having a positive approach towards all the negativities going around you and not deviating from the path that leads you to your definition of success. Developing mental strength is about sticking to your values, keeping your will power strong and not losing hope. It is your struggle to making your life beautiful.
Mental strength is not only limited to having a strong will power, it also means the strength of your commitment towards your work and a promise to yourself of not giving up. It involves choosing what is good and beneficial for you and prioritizing aspects of your life that can lead you to success, fulfilment and happiness. It is best to prepare yourself for times where your mental strength can and will be challenged.
Many factors can influence the development of mental strength.
You are What You Believe
This is a fact. We get what we believe. In order to be mentally strong, you need to have very clear beliefs about yourself, your life and everything else that is related to it. The beliefs are said to develop with time and are very dependent upon things that might have happened to us in the past.
Our beliefs play a vital role in the way we think, the way we react to difficult or challenging situations and the way we behave.
If you think you can, you will. Take an example of a person who suffers from the fear of water. Once that person firmly beliefs he can swim, he does. And when he can swim, he can become the best swimmer as well. It is all in the mind.
If you think you are capable enough of doing it, you certainly can. And if others can do it, so can y. Your beliefs define you. You act as you believe. If you think you can be the best at something, you will certainly be the best.
You need to outline your beliefs and stick with them. If you find your beliefs shaky, then take the time to strengthen them. Your beliefs will show you the right path and you will put in all your efforts to walk on the path of success.
Being positive in all situations is the key to having a strong mind. It is very easy to get negative thoughts and lose hope. In case of a failure, instead of thinking ‘I can never do anything’ one should calmly evaluate and figure out what went wrong.
Point out the weaknesses and try to overcome them next time. It might need some time and a constant analysis of your thoughts, but having a positive attitude will surely help you in becoming your best self.
Make friends and surround yourself with people who motivate you, bring you up and encourage you to get out of your comfort zone often. Learn new things, and don’t be afraid to fail. The more you fail, the bigger the chances of success.
Control your Emotions
Strong people are always in control of their emotions, not because they push their feelings down, but because they have learnt the art of staying calm. Don’t let your emotions control you. It is best to know your fears and understand them as this will enable you to react and respond to a situation in the best possible way.
Many of us panic in crisis. One should stay calm and try to figure out the best solution that would help in dealing with the crisis without causing more damage. Think of a sportsman who is on the verge of being beaten by a competitor.
Panicking in such a situation will only harm his performance further. Instead of panicking, if the sportsman uses the right strategies, becomes more composed and focused, chances are that he may take the trophy.
Make the Most of your Mental Energy
We all have limited mental and physical energy resource that drains out with use. Instead of wasting time on useless activities, time should be spent on productive activities like reading, building better communication with family and friends, staying fit, focusing on your career goals and so on.
For example, if you see decline in your business, worrying about it will only waste your energy. You need to use your mind to find ways to revive it. Come up with new idea, look at the market with fresh eyes, improve your marketing game or work on the quality of your product. Whatever is required, work on it.
Try to make it a habit of keeping your mind busy in positive tasks like setting goals or solving problems. If you see a shift in your thoughts and feel them inclining towards negativity, or becoming unproductive, make an effort to steer them towards things that are useful. To get out of that negative zone, listen to some good music, play with a baby you love, watch a motivational film and you will see an instant change in your mood.
Know Your Importance
You should know that you come first. When your cup is full (spiritually, mentally, physically) you are in the best position to dole out some of that goodness to those around you. It is true that people who are jealous and generally have a negative outlook in life, tend to also be selfish and mean towards others. So, your first responsibility is towards yourself.
You are the only one who is in charge of everything that happens in your life. If you give the steering wheel of your life in someone else’s hands, you will always be disappointed and find yourself losing your mental strength, focus and vitality.
Making the right choices, giving love and receiving it in abundance from loved ones, having people who motivate and encourage you, going on adventures often, and doing what you love all keep you away from mental diseases people usually develop in their later years.
Happiness and positivity is the secret to a long and healthy life.