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7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness

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7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness
"The ability to work hard and respond resiliently to failure and adversity; the inner quality that enables individuals to work hard and stick to their long-term passions and goals." The definition of grit almost perfectly describes qualities every successful person possesses, because mental toughness builds the foundations for long-term success.

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Act as If You Are In Total Control

Act as If You Are In Total Control

Most successful people do feel good luck played some role in their success. But they don't wait for it or worry about bad luck. They act as if success or failure is totally within their control.

By not wasting mental energy worrying about what might happen to you, you can put all your effort into making things happen.

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Ignore What You Can’t Influence

Ignore What You Can’t Influence

Mental strength isn’t an unlimited resource, don’t waste it on things you can’t control.

Do what you can. Be your own change--but don't try to make everyone else change.

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See The Past as Training

See The Past as Training

Learn from your mistakes, and those from others too, but let them go. The past is just training; it doesn't define you.

When something bad happens, see it as an opportunity to learn something you didn't know. When another person makes a mistake, learn from it and see it as an opportunity to be kind, forgiving, and understanding.

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Celebrate The Success Of Others

Celebrate The Success Of Others

Some think the success of others diminishes their own. But resentment sucks up a massive amount of mental energy--energy better applied elsewhere.

Don't resent awesomeness. Create and celebrate awesomeness, wherever you find it, and in time you'll find even more of it in yourself.

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Don’t Whine, Complain Or Criticize

Don’t Whine, Complain Or Criticize

Whining about your problems always makes you feel worse. So if something is wrong, put the energy you would waste complaining into making the situation better.

Don't talk about what's wrong. Talk about how you'll make things better, even if that conversation is only with yourself.

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Focus Only On Impressing Yourself

Focus Only On Impressing Yourself

People may like your things, but that doesn't mean they like you. A relationship not based on substance is not a real relationship.

Genuine relationships make you happier and leave you more mental energy to spend on those who really matter in your life. But they can only be established when you stop trying to impress and start being yourself.

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Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

Take a second every night before you turn out the light and, instead of worrying about what you don’t have, think about what you do have.

You have a lot to be thankful for. Feeling better about yourself is the best way of all to recharge your mental batteries.

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Time Is The Most Precious Resource

Time is the most precious resource. Death gives a sense of urgency, as any moment could be your last. It humbles you and should also deeply motivate you to not spend your time thoughtlessly.

Emotions Come From Within

Outside forces don’t make us feel things, our perceptions of them do. It’s easy to think otherwise, but doing so harms us and undermines our self-discipline.

The next time you run into an obstacle and feel resistance, don’t look at what’s around you. Instead, look within.

The People You Respect

Whatever you do, there are individuals that you can learn from. If you can’t talk to them, you can study their story, works, techniques, successes, and failures, and discover patterns of success you can apply to your life.

Be careful not to turn it into an exercise of comparison and expect your progress to be the same as theirs. Their teachings and principles are supposed to help you grow, learn, and create. 

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Resilience

... is the mental toughness to face and overcome adversity. It keeps you up and running long after others have given up.

Resilience emerges through your life experience and through the...

Core Beliefs of Resilient People

  • "I master my emotions lest they master me." They step back from a situation before taking action.
  •  "I walk the talk and never just talk the walk.When they make a commitment, they fulfill it.
  •  "I can and do prepare myself for the future." They see themselves as being in constant training to face the next set of challenges.
  • "I learn more from failure than from success."  They don't fear failure.
  • "I value my courage higher than my security." They accept that nothing in today's world is secure: not jobs, not information, not the future.
  • "I take criticism constructively not personally." Criticism toughens them because they don't take it personally.
  •  "I keep my goals in mind but I focus on my process.They can adapt to and overcome obstacles.
  • "I value strong, supportive relationships.
  • "I reward myself for every win."
  • "I always have more to give." Their energy and attention are not limited resources.

What willpower is

What willpower is

Willpower is the ability to resist or delay short-term desires to achieve long-term goals. Other names for willpower are self-discipline, self-control, self-regulation, determinati...

Benefits of willpower

  • Self-control appears to be a better predictor of academic achievement, a determining factor of effective leadership, and essential for marital satisfaction.
  • People who harness their willpower more effectively are happier, healthier, have better relationships, are further ahead in their careers, are more able to manage stress and deal with conflict.

The neuroanatomy of willpower

  • The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is the part of our brains situated right behind our forehead. It is responsible for abstract thinking, analyzing thoughts, and regulating behavior.
  • The PFC controls what we think about, what we pay attention to, how we feel. Studies point out that this part of the brain is only fully developed around age 25.
  • The "I will power" is controlled by the region near the upper left side of the brain and helps you start and continue with not so fun tasks.
  • The right side handles the "I won't power," preventing you from acting out on every impulse.
  • The "I want power" sits in the middle of the PFC and keeps track of your goals and desires.