Your ability to advance your mental strength will affect all areas of your life, which includes your mental, emotional and physical health.
With more importance and focus given to mental health now, having ways to improve it is an advantage.
What Does it Mean to Advance Your Mental Strength?
To advance your mental strength means to develop yourself so you are always improving how you deal with your everyday experiences.
If you make your mental development a priority, you will learn ways to improve it and become a better person.
Why is it Necessary to Advance Your Mental Strength?
The main reasons to advance your mental strength include:
- Cope with stress better.
- Increase your self-confidence.
- Have greater clarity on your priorities.
- Know when to say “yes” or “no” to demands placed on you.
- Feel good about who you are and what you are doing in life.
Why is it Challenging to Advance Your Mental Strength?
The reality is most people don’t focus on their mental strength. Common reasons why they find it challenging include:
- Don’t know how to do it or what to focus on.
- Have not learned about the importance of mental health.
- Don’t want to do it because it is uncomfortable.
- Believe it will be difficult to do.
- Don’t have the right support systems.
Developing yourself does not require a lot of time, but it will require sustained focus.
Over the last decade and a half, I have focused on developing myself by learning different skills. These included learning speaking, training and coaching skills, along with marketing and sales skills.
That has helped me grow and learn more about myself. Recently, I tested myself by attempting my first three-day water fast. This meant I would not eat for 72 hours and only drink water. One reason for doing this fast was to develop my mental strength and see how much I could push myself.
As I have been practicing intermittent fasting, the first day was easy. On day two, I struggled and felt tired and weak. I wanted to eat and tried to convince myself that reaching 60 hours was a major accomplishment and it would be okay if I ate something once I reached it.
I really had to push myself on the evening of day two and went to bed a little earlier. Day three was slightly better because I knew I would eat again in the evening, so that kept me motivated. I made it to 72 hours without eating, which was a huge win.
Pushing myself gave me confidence and understanding that I can overcome any challenge I face, if I am committed. That experience will support me as I strive to achieve bigger and better goals.
5 Things You Can Do to Advance Your Mental Strength
Here are five easy things you can do consistently to advance your mental strength.
- Make your health and wellness a priority. If you have a busy lifestyle, it’s not uncommon to not give as much attention to your overall health. Focusing on your self-care is essential if you want to be healthy mentally, emotionally and physically.
- Develop your self-confidence. Confidence is developed by successfully dealing with new risks. As you challenge yourself to do things you have not done before, you will learn things about yourself. They will support you when setting and achieving bigger goals.
- Embrace your challenges. Everyone will have challenges and experience difficult times. Instead of wishing your didn’t have problems, focus on becoming the person you need to be to overcome them. You can learn to turn obstacles into new opportunities.
- Establish empowering habits and routines. Your habits reveal who you are. If you have habits that boost your confidence and support you in achieving your goals, you will be mentally strong. Learning something every day is an example of a habit that will improve your life.
- Have high personal standards. If you hold yourself to high standards, you will challenge yourself to evolve as a person. An example of this is keeping your word. If you say you will do something, then get it done. Self-integrity plays an important part in having high standards.
If you advance your mental strength, you will feel better about yourself and your life, have better relationships, take better care of yourself and achieve more success.
If you don’t, you will be more reactive, allow external situations to affect you, generate stress and not manage your emotions well.
The sooner you make your mental strength a priority, the quicker you will develop it.
Action Step: Choose one thing you will focus on over the next month to grow yourself. If you spend 15 minutes each day to develop that thing, you will also improve your mental strength.
Question: What are other easy things that will advance your mental strength?