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7 Tips For You To Become Mentally Stronger

Exhausted, worn down or feeling discouraged while trying to achieve your life goals? Then you have been drained of mental strength.

Also known as "grit," mental strength (or mental toughness) is the perseverance and passion needed to achieve long-term objectives. Because what is the use of working, studying or doing workouts if you do not have the willingness/motivation to handle them?

To achieve the mental strength that you need to achieve your life goals, here are some tips that will help you be mentally stronger:

Reframe negative thoughts 

Replace pessimistic thoughts such as "it will never work" with more realistic ones like "if I work hard, I can achieve my goals." 

At some point, everyone of us will experience bad days that lead to negative thoughts. However, you can eliminate these damaging thoughts by searching for more positive and realistic expectations for you to prepare yourself better for unfavorable times.

Create realistic, achievable goals 

Aiming high and dreaming big are both good, but setting up unrealistic goals is a setup for disappointment. 

Instead of aiming to lose 100 pounds in one go, focus on just five first. Then when you do reach that goal, you will feel more motivated to burn out the next five pounds from your body.

The more goals you achieve, the greater your confidence in your ability to be successful. In addition, it helps you know which goals are too easy to achieve and which are too unrealistically hard.

Set yourself for success 

Being mentally strong does not require subjecting yourself daily to various temptations. From time to time, modify your environment so it feels easier for you to achieve your goals. 

If you want to work out in the morning, try setting your running shoes next to your bed. If you want to eat healthier, remove junk food from your kitchen. Even the slightest improvements can take you a long way towards amping your mental strength and attaining successful goals.

Tolerate discomfort 

More often than not, discomfort forces people to take unhealthy shortcuts, which include binge watching and excessive drinking. These short-term pleasures often lead to longer-term pains. 

Every time you experience discomfort, try thinking of the bigger picture. Even if you feel tired, strive to finish your workout/s. Even when feeling anxious, balance your budget. Do not spend too much. Keep tolerating uncomfortable emotions to gain the confidence needed to achieve your goals.

Balance emotions with logic 

Devoting your time to either will make you miss out on what life has to offer. Devote your time to logic, and you might live a boring, uneventful life devoid of pleasures. Do the same to emotions, and you might spend your time and money mainly on fun, rather than saving for retirement or investments. So in order to make the best decisions, it is best to balance out your emotions with logic, which you should make sure of when making a major or minor life decision. 

Since emotional decisions are caused by anger, anxiety or excitement, it is best to list down pros and cons of each decision you make. When you do, review your list to enhance your brain's logical part to balance out your emotions.

Fulfill your purpose 

Unless you know what motivates you to achieve your overall goals, it will be difficult to stay on track of them. 

One way to know why you are trying to achieve your goals is by writing down a mission statement that states what you want to accomplish in life. When you are struggling with the next step, remind yourself about why it is important to keep going. Though it is important to focus on your daily goals, make sure that the steps you are taking will lead you to something bigger in the long run.

Look for explanations, not excuses 

If you have fallen short of your goal/s, then find the reasons why. Instead of making excuses, try finding explanations why you failed that will help you do better next time. 

Take responsibility for any mistakes without placing blame on anyone or anything. Once you faced and acknowledged your mistakes, learn from them and avoid repeating them.

Mental Exercise Physical activity benefits your brain, too. Photo courtesy of Pixabay, public domain

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