It’s encouraging to know there are easy things you can do to improve your mental toughness.
Everyone has faced and will continue to face challenges, experience failures or feel discouraged. How you deal with experiences that don’t go your way depends on your attitude and mental toughness.
What is Mental Toughness?
The term mental toughness is often used in sports psychology, however it’s also applicable to everyday life.
A simple definition of mental toughness is it’s the ability to accept, deal with and overcome challenges, concerns or worries to reach one’s objectives.
It’s the ability to push pass internal and external hurdles to reach a level of performance and achieve certain outcomes.
Why Improve Your Mental Toughness?
Mental toughness affects a person’s ability to persevere and stay on course, no matter what’s happening. It also shows a person’s level of resilience as they face challenges in life.
When you improve your mental toughness, benefits you can expect include:
- Remain calm and poised when experiencing stressful situations.
- Emotional stability.
- Greater levels of patience.
- Better focus especially on things that matter.
- Acceptance of things that cannot be controlled or changed.
- Handle change with the right attitude.
- Better mental health.
- Improved perspective and outlook on life.
- Better inner strength.
- Less attachment to things that aren’t important.
As you improve your mental toughness, you’ll experience a shift in how you view and respond to your experiences.
Knowing how to create a personal growth plan can make a huge difference to what we achieve in life.
As continual growth is necessary for us to reach our full potential, having a growth plan will improve our achievements.
What is a Personal Growth Plan?
A personal growth plan can help us get to where we want to be and who we want to become. It’s a guide or a roadmap that identifies what’s important to us and how we will achieve it.
A personal growth plan defines areas we want to improve so we can live a better life.
Why Create a Personal Growth Plan?
It’s difficult to get to a new destination without a map or plan. If we don’t have a personal growth plan, we may settle for a life we don’t truly love.
Having a personal growth plan means we can design a life we want and know how to get there.
There is a saying, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”
Having a personal growth plan increases our chances of creating the live we want. It will also help us become the person we know we can be.
There are ways acknowledging others will make you a better leader, provided you follow through consistently.
A leader’s responsibility is to develop people to achieve desired outcomes. This means developing people is always a work in progress.
One of the best ways to bring the best out of others is through leveraging the power of acknowledgement.
Everyone likes to be acknowledged or appreciated. It’s tied to our need to belong or fit in. Acknowledging others is a powerful way to meet that need.
Those who make acknowledgement an integral part of their leadership style will stand out as a leader worth following.
I once worked in a team that changed leadership after I’d been with the team for three years. The first leader focused a lot of his time and energy getting to know his team members. During team meetings, he would acknowledge team members and share why it was a benefit to the team.
His practice of acknowledging others publicly helped create a high level of trust and collaboration in the team.
Our willingness to use speed of implementation to achieve faster results will make a difference to our confidence and performance.
This one concept can determine if we make progress and meet our deadlines. To use speed of implementation doesn’t require special skills or additional resources.
What is Speed of Implementation?
Speed of implementation is how fast we can apply or act on an idea, strategy or tactic. It’s the speed we can put something into practice.
Everyone wants more in life. It can include more success, more happiness, more wealth, more fame, more status, more skills, more inner peace or more knowledge.
Even though we all want more, not everyone will act on ideas that can lead to getting more. Our ability to put into practice speed of implementation can affect whether we get what we want, when we want it.
Benefits of Using Speed of Implementation
Here are a few benefits of making speed of implementation a way we operate.
- We can validate an idea much faster.
- We can save time because we’ll find out a lot quicker what’s working or not working.
- We can save money if an idea isn’t worth pursuing.
- We can achieve our objectives quicker.
- We can get more things done.
Our capacity to adopt speed of implementation will determine how fast we get ahead and achieve what we want.
Having the mindset to play it safe in life will have long-term consequences if we don’t know the risks.
There is a difference between staying safe and not taking risks. Staying safe can be intelligent if it means not risking our physical safety.
If doing something can risk our mental and emotional well-being, it’s wise to play it safe.
If we play it safe it and not take on new challenges, it will affect all areas of our lives.
Signs You Are Playing it Safe in Life
Before we can make changes, we have to be aware of the signs that suggest we’re playing it safe. These signs can include:
- Feeling bored often.
- Not having enough fun.
- Feeling lazy or unmotivated.
- Not creating new experiences.
- Not laughing as much as we’d like.
- Not having good stories to share with others.
- Not willing to learn new things.
When we play it safe in life, it often means we’re doing the same things repeatedly. This will show up in how we feel about our lives.
Having effective ways to develop competence can help us improve our performance and become better achievers.
As we give more attention to developing competence in any area, we’ll create better results.
What is Competence?
Competence is the ability to do something successfully or efficiently. It means we can do something well.
Having competence means having adequate knowledge and skills to carry out a task. Competence on a task means having the ability to think and behave that will lead to the successful execution of that task.
The Benefits of Developing Competence
When we develop competence in areas important to us, the benefits will include:
- Having greater levels of confidence.
- Completing tasks quicker or more efficiently.
- Making fewer mistakes which means we need less time to finish a task.
- Lower chance of compromising our safety.
- Becoming more knowledgeable and informed.
- Improving our chances of taking advantage of opportunities.
As we learn ways to develop competence in any area, we’ll not only benefit ourselves, we’ll also benefit others.
The ability to use your perspective to create new results or experiences is a quality that can be developed.
When you use your perspective, especially when something isn’t going as planned or expected, it can influence your decisions.
What is Perspective?
Perspective is our point of view. It’s the way we see the world or give meaning to what’s happening around us.
Learning to use our perspective wisely is the ability to take ourselves out of our experience and see it differently. It’s allowing ourselves to consider something or a situation from another person’s point of view.
This can be helpful when experiencing a conflict or disagreement with someone. During the conflict, it’s common to only see things from our point of view and wanting to be right.
The ability to see their side is how we can use our perspective to create a new experience.
The Advantages of Changing Your Perspective
Learning to change or use our perspective differently has many advantages. These include:
- Staying open to different ideas.
- Learning new things about those we interact with.
- Creating new or better experiences.
- Having a better attitude or mood.
- Becoming an adaptable and flexible person.
As we practice using our perspective during everyday experiences, we’ll manage our mental and emotional states a lot better.
The ability to stay more grounded, even when things are chaotic, will help create ease and flow in our lives.
Our experiences in life can test our patience and attitude when things are not going well. Knowing how to remain calm and composed will allow us to deal with our challenges in a better frame of mind.
What Does it Mean to Be More Grounded?
From an energetic perspective, being grounded means we’re connected to our source energy. It means we’re connected to the Earth and have a sense or knowing we’re protected.
Despite what may be going on externally, we feel safe, centred and at ease with everything around us.
At a deeper level, being grounded refers to our mental and emotional states. It’s how we choose to be. It’s a way of being.
When we’re more grounded, we’re secure and stable internally, which will reflect how we operate externally. A key to being more grounded is knowing when we’re not.
Signs You Are Not Grounded
There are things we can pay attention to that indicate we’re not grounded. These signs can include:
- Getting triggered by events we cannot change or control.
- Finding it difficult to concentrate on tasks at hand.
- Feeling fatigued constantly.
- Having poor quality sleep.
- Experiencing discomfort, pain or inflammation.
- Feeling spaced out and distracted.
- Having a deep urge to reconnect with our body or do something physical.
- Worrying about things unnecessarily which can cause anxiety.
- Having difficulty communicating what’s on our mind.
- Unable to remain present and be in the “now.”
When we notice these signs, it should be a trigger to change our mental and emotional states.
If keeping your word is a value or standard for you, it will lead to better life experiences.
Even though it sounds like a simple idea, it’s an area we can easily let ourselves down in. It’s an area I’ve failed in many times, therefore I’m always evaluating how I can improve.
What Does Keeping Your Word Mean?
Keeping your word means doing what you say you’ll do. It’s agreeing to follow through on a commitment.
We can think of it as a verbal contract between two people. If we give our word the same level of importance as a written contract, it will be easier to do what we’ve agreed to.
Why Do We Struggle to Keep Our Word?
We often forget how powerful our words are and not follow through on something we’ve committed to. Reasons we struggle to keep our word include:
- We’re not intentional about the words we use.
- We forget what we’ve said or agreed to.
- We’re unaware we’ve agreed to something.
- We’re unwilling to renegotiate what we’ve committed to.
- We don’t want to do what we said we would do.
- We over-commit ourselves and not allow enough time to do what we said we would.
- We shift our attention to something else without understanding the implications of our commitments.
When we pay more attention to the words we use and what we’re committing to, keeping our word will not be an issue.
Knowing how to develop persistence can be the difference between achieving something we want or not.
Whenever we pursue anything meaningful or worthwhile in life, we will face obstacles, setbacks, and even experience failures. How we deal with them determines if we’re persistent.
What is Persistence?
Persistence is the ability to continue taking action towards what we want, despite challenges or struggles. It’s what separates those who are interested in achieving something they want and those who commit to achieving it.
The journey to success can include various setbacks, ridicule, criticism, humiliation or disappointments. How we deal with them determines how persistent we are and if we’ll eventually achieve success.
Why is it Important to Develop Persistence?
Persistence is important because it:
- Tests our level of commitment.
- Supports us in gaining greater levels of clarity.
- Helps us become mentally stronger.
- Allows us to focus on what’s most important.
- Causes us to make better decisions and take more intelligent actions.
The stronger our ability to remain persistent, the greater our chances of eventually achieving what’s important.