It’s often said that the strength of a person is best measured by his or her mental toughness. Truer words were never spoken. But the thing to remember here is that mental strength isn’t reflected in the things we do, rather its better reflected by what we don’t do.
To illustrate this point, here’s a checklist of 7 things that mentally strong people always avoid.
Feeling sorry for themselves
Not only is it a complete waste of time, this gives rise to negative emotions and hinders your relationships and beware, self-pity is totally self-destructive. A far better option is evict self-pity and replace it with gratitude for all the good in the world. That’s when you will appreciate all the good in your life.
Focus on things beyond their control
Everyone likes to think they are in control, but believing that you have the solution for every problem facing humanity is a little excessive. While it’s good to try and resolve difficult issues, there will be times when you will just have to let go and let things resolve themselves.
Shying away from change
Making a change in your lifestyle, habits or general demeanor might seem like a frightening prospect at first, but it’s essential for growth. Be clear about the changes that you need to make to lead a better life and go ahead and make them. The longer you wait, the harder it gets and the more doubts seep in. Do what it takes and move on.
Resenting somebody else’s success
To begin with, it’s a very mean thing to do. Secondly resentment is a very negative emotion and allowing it to build within us can be counter-productive in the long run. For starters it can slowly derail you from your own path to success without you even realising it. More importantly, even if you do become successful, you may never get to enjoy it since you’re always focused on others.
Worrying about everyone’s opinion
It’s common for people to judge themselves by measuring what others think about them. This is just about the opposite of mental toughness. Mentally tough people judge themselves by the virtue of their actions and not by the opinion of other people, which frankly is a huge waste of time.
Sharing their power
Sometimes it becomes necessary to stand up and draw the line. Allowing other people to take control of your actions allows them to define your success and self-esteem. Teamwork is great but don’t just stand gawking when you see someone else taking all the credit for your hard-work.
Not taking calculated risks
Risks come in many forms – physical, financial, social, emotional and professional – and most people are afraid of taking them. The key to taking calculated risks – which often become necessary for growth – is knowledge. The honest appraisal of one’s abilities required to take the plunge and come out unscathed.
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