Mental strength is something all of us desperately need in order to survive in this chaos of a world. It is something essential in order to accept the constantly shifting reality, those unpredictable changes and unforeseen obstacles along the way.
Being mentally strong means having the guts to cope with every situation. It means being able to face the truth regardless of how bitter or ugly it is. It shows a great deal of courage and determination to step out of your comfort zone and do what it has to be done.
Being mentally strong means having the balls to take control of your life and be responsible for your future.
Rare are those who possess these remarkable traits. Here’s why:
1. THEY ACCEPT THE CHANGES AND GO WITH THE FLOW
Mentally strong people don’t waste their time complaining. They’re what we like to call “people of action”. They know that the only way you can truly move on is if you accept the change, embrace the outcome and focus on the possible solutions.
No regrets, no complaining, no whining, no crying. Just some good, old hard work and a will to succeed.
2. THEY TAKE TOTAL CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES
Even though they have their own, well-established support system, mentally strong people have a total control of their lives. That basically means that, whenever they get knee deep in mud, they prefer to depend on themselves.
Mentally strong people will never avoid taking responsibility and waiting for someone else to fix their mess. What’s done is done and it needs to be taken care of. Right now!
3. THEY KNOW HOW TO DANCE IN THE RAIN
Where others see an obstacle, mentally strong people see a challenge. Where others see failure, strong-willed individuals see a stepping stone. While others get wet, mentally strong and positive people dance in the rain.
That’s the difference between them and the average ones. They know that life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. But, they are more than willing to make the effort and create a life they love.
4. THEY STICK TO THEIR OWN GUNS
Above all, mentally strong and courageous people stand their ground. They know how important it is to have respect for themselves and their needs. They know how essential it is to have boundaries and defend the things they truly believe in.
That is why mentally strong people are not afraid to say NO when it feels like NO.
5. THEY LET GO OF THINGS THAT DON’T SERVE THEIR INTERESTS
Anything that brings them pessimism instead of determination, has to go. Everything that forces them to give up, instead of move on, is simply not welcome to stay.
On their journey to self-improvement, every bad habit and toxic part of their life that no longer serves their best interests has to go.
6. THEY KNOW HOW TO CHALLENGE THEMSELVES
More importantly, people with remarkable mental strength enjoy a challenge. So much, that they enjoy testing their own abilities for the sake of improving their skills and learning more.
The biggest risk is not taking any risk. Simple as that.
7. THEY FOCUS ON THEIR JOURNEY
Mentally strong people will never be discouraged and distracted by another person’s success. On the contrary, other people’s achievements can only inspire them to grow and motive them to work even harder.
They believe that all of us have a different path in life. A different mission. A unique mystery that will be eventually unraveled.
8. THEY ACCEPT THAT LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS FAIR
Most importantly, mentally strong people accept the fact that life simply isn’t fair. And it will be.
They are perfectly aware that while some of us get the roses, others end up with the thorns.
But, they also know that anything in life is temporary and it only depends on us.
“The bad news is nothing lasts forever; the good news is nothing lasts forever.”- J. Cole
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