"When the going gets tough, the tough get going," a popular adage says. As life goes on, the problems we face seem to get more difficult. But in order to succeed, backing down should be the last option. One must strive harder to be stronger to beat the challenges.
In sports, an athlete not only needs to become robust physically but also mentally. Reinforcing the mind involves the application of values, behaviors, attitudes, and emotions that enable a person to overcome challenges and stay motivated to achieve goals. And these can also be practiced in school and career.
Having a strong mind helps you to live a healthy life, be productive, and make a difference in the world. Here are some pieces of advice that can help increase mental endurance.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
While disappointments and heartbreaks are sometimes unavoidable, one must learn how to look at the glass half-full. Mentally strong persons focus more on the positive side of things rather than the negatives. Plus, they also express gratitude for all their blessings the receive in life, which helps a lot in keeping proper perspective towards issues.
HAVE THE COURAGE TO SAY "NO"
Turning down a request or an invitation may be difficult, but sometimes you have to say "no" to keep yourself from distractions in attaining your goals. According to research conducted by the University of California, people who have difficulty in saying no are more prone to stress, burnout, and even depression.
Tip: Be quick and honest in turning-down somebody. – Tell the person you can't do it, and politely decline right away. That way you don't hold up anyone else's plans. Explain that you have other commitments and can't make it, productivity expert Paula Rizzo advised. She also suggests that if you really want to say "yes" but your schedule does not permit, make a plan for the future to show good faith to the person.
LEARN TO LET GO
If you want to crank up your mental muscles, take time to reflect on the past and learn from it. However, do not dwell. Set yourself free from emotional burdens like regrets and grudges, which affect outlook in life, by practicing acceptance. And once we accept, moving on begins. "You cannot have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time," said American inventor Charles Kettering.
DON'T WASTE ENERGY ON THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL
There are many things that annoy us everyday: price hikes, traffic jams, rude people – which are really beyond our control. Instead of wasting time and energy ranting over issues out of hand, put more of your attention more on things you can change such as attitude. As the legendary poet Maya Angelou said, "If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude."