Mental Strength: How?


A Forbes article that has gone viral over the past week or so highlights 13 things that people who are mentally tough avoidin order to keep themselves on a positive trajectory. While the article is geared towards a more general audience, I definitely think that these tips can be applied to a business/tech perspective.

Mental Toughness

Are you guilty of not being as mentally tough as you wish you were? I definitely am. While reading the list of things to avoid in the article, I absolutely do some of these things. I can also identify some of these traits in my friends, family members, and coworkers.

Here are a few highlights of things that you shouldn’t do if you want to be mentally tough:

Feel sorry for yourself

When something bad happens, those who are mentally tough rise above. Instead of dwelling on the issue at hand, they either come up with a way to fix the problem or simply move on to the next thing. This includes taking responsibility for your own circumstances and not blaming things on others.

Be afraid of change

Let’s face it, most of us are resistant or hesitant about change. People who are mentally strong tend to embrace change more than the rest of us. While most of us are afraid of the unknown, mentally strong people see change as an opportunity to learn and grow more. Try to see change as a positive. Over time, you’ll be able to adapt your worldview.

Worry about things that are out of your control

This is something that I have had to work on for many, many years. I used to worry constantly about the what-ifs in life. I’ve slowly been able to teach myself that whatever happens, will happen and there’s often not much that can be done about it. Wasting your time thinking about what might or might not happen is not an effective use of anyone’s time. Try to focus on the present moment and you might be pleasantly surprised at how much less cluttered your mind is.

Expect results immediately

Instant gratification sure is nice, isn’t it! But we can’t always expect that we’ll get the results that we want immediately. You know the old saying, patience is a virtue? Well, it’s true in nearly every aspect of life. People who are mentally strong are able to wait to get the results that they want.

So are you mentally strong? Do you possess these qualities? You can see the rest of them in the full article here.

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Maddie Heinen is a regular contributor to She is a freelance writer who specializes in blogging, content creation, and social media. When she is not working, she is taking care of her two kids, husband, and home in Central Florida. Maddie enjoys reading, shopping, and is interested in real estate. She is currently working on establishing her own internet-based media company, Red Hibiscus Media, which will specialize in both online content as well as print material.