Forbes.com recently commented on an article from a licensed psychotherapist about mentally strong people and what they aren’t doing that makes them more successful in business. Wasting energy on what you cannot control, giving up after failure, and resenting other people’s success are among the list of behaviors that mentally strong people avoid.
What we’ve learned about mental strength is that it’s much more than mind over matter. Mental strength requires hard work and a commitment to healthy habits. It involves evaluating your core beliefs and devoting time to self-improvement. There are several exercises you can try for developing mental strength, like replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and evaluating your core beliefs about yourself and the world around you.
A mentally strong person has many distinguishable character traits…which of these traits do you think you have?
- Hard worker
- Takes responsibility for their actions
- Understands that life is not always fair
- Welcomes challenge
- In control of their actions and emotions
- Embraces change
- Unafraid to speak up
- Navigates upsets with grace
- Willing to take calculated risks
- Learns from mistakes
- Celebrates others’ success
- Enjoys social interaction
- Values alone time
- No sense of entitlement
- Committed to long-term goals
- Focuses on the present and the future
- Ready for the unexpected
- Manages stress well
- Prioritizes health and well-being
Developing mental strength is about honing your sense of purpose and cultivating your ability to make good things happen. Mental strength can be a road map for personal success in all areas of your life, especially in your career.
Image Source: Corrie Pikul, "Quiz: How Fit Is Your Brain?." Oprah.com, 6/12/2012.