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How to Toughen Up (Mentally, That Is)

Develop a Mantra

A mantra is a short and meaningful phrase you repeat to yourself.

When you're facing a stressful situation, it helps by occupying the brain enough so that it doesn’t get caught up in obsessing, planning, and catastrophizing.

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What Perspective Taking Is

It’s the ability to take on someone else’s point of view when thinking.

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Develop perspective taking
  • Put aside your feelings so that you can concentrate only on the other person’s perspective.
  • Use open ended questions that can help you draw out the interests and motivation that the person may not be verbalizing.
  • Be clear about your own position and the weaknesses it has.
  • Remove any personal intentions you may have, so as not to project them on to the other person.
  • Using what you know about the person, their background, their mood, their intentions and expectations,  imagine how they are seeing the current situation.
  • Validate their position by paraphrasing back to them what you think their position is.
Using perspective taking

When you break it down, almost every aspect of business involves an element of negotiation. 

By honing your perspective taking skills, you are much more likely to come up with solutions that are acceptable to all parties.

Managing Letdowns

Every athlete is bound to face at least a few major letdowns in his or her career. When this happens, you want to let yourself feel down for a good 24 to 48 hours. 

But afte...

Dealing With Uncertainty
  • Prevent it: Do what you can to minimize uncertainty by training like you want to race. 
  • Manage it: Develop a mantra or automatic actions to fall back when uncertainty strikes. 
  • Grow from it: View uncertainty as an opportunity to grow. Welcome it on the path to personal growth.

Turning Anxiety into Excitement

Pre-race nerves are common, even amongst professional athletes. 

Reframe nerves as excitement. When we do this, we harness heightened perception to raise ourselves up. 

Instead of telling yourself, “I’m anxious, I need to calm down,” tell yourself, “I am excited, my body is primed to perform.

Finding success

One of the most popular self-improvement expressions is "good is the enemy of great." Although it sounds appealing, it might also be wrong.

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The meaning of true success

True success means feeling content with the unfolding of your life. It's finding happiness in your work and life in the present time and being great all the time.

Interestingly, not always trying so hard to be great is the path to getting better.

The right mindset

To make sustainable progress, you don't have to be consistently great; it's about being great at being consistent.