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Getting Mentally Stronger

11 Sep 2016   Shanti Gowans
Just as people are not born with physical strength, no one is blessed with incredible mental strength at birth. Mental strength is developed over time by individuals who choose to make personal empowerment a priority. However, getting mentally stronger is something many people struggle with over the course of their lives, especially over the course of working on improving health.
 
In addition to avoiding the things that could hold them back, mentally strong people create healthy habits that assist them in growing stronger. Here are a few suggestions you can implement every day to strengthen your mental outlook:
 
Use your mental energy wisely
 
It is easy to get distracted throughout the day by a variety of unimportant and unproductive tasks. Choose to use your time and energy carefully. Devote your efforts to the things that matter most so that you can accomplish your goals.
 
Reframe your negative thoughts
 
Everyone has negative thoughts sometimes, but you must not let those thoughts hold you back or drag you down. Instead, respond to your pessimistic predictions and harsh criticisms with a more productive inner dialogue. Stay motivated to do your best by talking to yourself like a trusted friend or a helpful coach.
 
Work towards established goals
 
Establish clear personal and professional goals that give you meaning and purpose. Forgo immediate gratification by keeping your long-term goals in mind. View obstacles as challenges, rather than roadblocks to your success.
 
Reflect on your progress
 
Reflect on your progress toward your goals every day. Set aside time to examine what you are doing well, and humbly acknowledge areas that need improvement. Hold yourself accountable for mistakes and consistently strive to grow better.
 
Learn to tolerate discomfort for a greater purpose
 
While some people go to great lengths to avoid any type of distress, others endure pain simply to prove they are tough. Mentally strong people, however, tolerate discomfort when it serves a greater purpose. Whether you are exercising when you feel tired, or delivering a speech when you feel terrified, use your pain to become better.
 
Practice gratitude
 
You cannot be at your best if you are insisting you deserve better. Acknowledge that you already have everything you need. Recognise your good fortune and express gratitude for all things big and small.
 
Balance your emotions with logic
 
Your feelings play a major role in your perceptions and your behavior. Pay close attention to the ways your emotions could influence your judgement. Carefully balance your emotions with logic so that you can make the best possible decisions.
 
Live according to you values
 
Although it may be tempting to measure your self-worth by comparing yourself to your competition, don’t fall prey to such distractions. Focus on living according to your values and doing your best, despite your circumstances. At the end of the day you don’t need to ask yourself, “Did I beat everyone else?” The better question would be “Did I stay true to my values?”
 
 
 
 

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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography


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