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7 WAYS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE BOUNCE BACK FROM FAILURE

7 WAYS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE BOUNCE BACK FROM FAILURE

  • Research suggests that mentally strong people have certain characteristics and personality traits that make them better equipped to bounce back from failure. Emotional maturity, for instance is particularly important for mental strength and resilience because it allows a person to see reality for what it is.
  • Conversely emotionally immature people tend not to accept reality and instead re-write inconvenient facts so that they better align with their pre-existing mindsets. 

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  • Mentally strong people, by contrast accept the consequences of their choices including the ability to move on.
  • Such inborn traits can certainty help. But every one can boost their resilience during tough times by availing themselves of certain strategies based on the following 7 things that mentally strong people do.

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1. THEY USE ACCEPTANCE

1. THEY USE ACCEPTANCE

  • They realize that everyone has setbacks and perceived "failures" - such as divorce, lost jobs, losses in business etc, and that they are a part of life. Some element of failure and setback is to be expected when taking risks and moving out of one's comfort zone to, for instance achieve the goal. They resist the urge a blame themselves excessively by accepting reality for what it is.

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2. THEY FRAME SETBACKS

2. THEY FRAME SETBACKS

  •  Mentally strong people are both open-minded and flexible about problem solving and tend to avoid rigid thinking. They provide positive and resilient self-talk to get through their set-backs. For example, the late author Wayne Dyer said: "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Changing your narrative about a setback allows for new cognitive reframes and self-narratives to be created. Inventor Thomas Edison reframed his failed experiments to create a self-narrative " I haven't failed; I have only found 1000 ways that do not work."

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3. THEY LEVERAGE THEIR SETBACK FOR FAILURE GROWTH

3. THEY LEVERAGE THEIR SETBACK FOR FAILURE GROWTH

  • They ask, " How could I have done this differently? What did I learn about what works, and what did I learn about what doesn't work?" Looking back at a recent breakup, for example, could teach someone to pay more attention to red flags or the intuition they set aside at the beginning of the relationship. 

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4. THEY ARE HONEST WITH THEIR FEELINGS AND ACKNOWLEDGE DISAPPOINTMENTS.

4. THEY ARE HONEST WITH THEIR FEELINGS AND ACKNOWLEDGE DISAPPOINTMENTS.

  • Mentally strong people do not bury their feelings, nor do they wallow in them. They acknowledge them and give themselves time to process the setback. Feelings of sadness, disappointments, devastation, or rejection are normal and nothing to be afraid of.

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5. THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC

  • Mentally strong people tend to have an optimistic outlook on life, and studies have shown that there is a relationship between optimism and life satisfaction through self-control and grit. They know that there is no failure that can't be overcome, as long as they keep trying. For example, the late Steve Jobs was fired from Apple a company he created. He later stated that "It was the best thing that ever happened." He used it as an opportunity to move in another direction, Creating NeXT and Pixar.

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6. THEY MAY MAKE MEANING OF THEIR EXPERIENCES AND SETBACKS THROUGH A SPIRITUAL LENS.

6. THEY MAY MAKE MEANING OF THEIR EXPERIENCES AND SETBACKS THROUGH A SPIRITUAL LENS.

  • Many mentally strong people lean on their spiritually as a source of strength. They realize that having a spiritual orientation can help them tap into a growth mindset. Resilience the ability to bounce back from disappointments along with spiritual beliefs, can help make meaning of each experience.
  • Individual spirituality can help promote both meaning and positive emotions such as gratitude over time.

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7. THEY ARE SELF-COMPASSIONATE

7. THEY ARE SELF-COMPASSIONATE

  • To tap into self-compassion when you're feeling down, try asking: "What would I say to a good friend who experienced what I'm experiencing?" Additionally, mindfulness techniques can help promote self-compassion as it helps someone acknowledge their feelings rather than push them away. Some mindfulness practices for example, encourage adherents to internally acknowledge that "This is a moment of suffering"
  • Further mindfulness can help someone remind themselves that they are not alone; indeed countless people are feeling just as they are, right at this very moment.

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CURATED BY

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Bibliophile. Realistic Optimist. The Man with a 'WHY' can conquer any 'HOW'

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How Mentally Strong People Bounce Back

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