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Building mental strength is an essential capability to develop if you want to achieve your goals.  Mental strength requires you to become aware of your thoughts, feeling and emotions so you can make the best choice in any situation.

Having mental strength requires you to be clear about what’s most important to you, and be committed to achieving those results despite the challenges you may face along the way.

When you have mental strength you become strong-minded enough to stick to the things you’ve committed to, even when things get tough.  People with high levels of determination have the courage to push through the obstacles they face each day because of their positive mindset.  People with lower levels of mental toughness don’t have the commitment or confidence to stay the course.

Building mental strength is a capability that can be developed.  Mental strength comes down to building daily habits that allow you to stay focused on achieving the goals that are most important to you.

For me, mental strengths means taking control of your emotions and thoughts and being committed to your goals, Developing mental strength is about having the courage to follow your vision and live life based on your values.

People with mental strength see challenges as a way to grow and have the confidence to stay positive despite the roadblocks that may come up.

In this article I’m going to give a brief overview of what mental strength means and share 7 habits to help you develop mental strength.

Read also: 12 habits of mentally strong people 

What is mental strength?

Mental Strength is the ability of a person to deal productively with the challenges, roadblocks and pressures they experience in business and life.  Having mental strength requires commitment, courage and positive daily habits to continually make daily progress despite setbacks and failures.

People who are mentally strong think about their thinking, don’t compare themselves to others and take on challenges despite not feeling they are ready or capable.  Building this mental toughness increases confidence and self-esteem and allows us to take on bigger challenges despite a fear of failure.

Having mental strength allows people to take risks, take on new challenges and cope with difficult situations and experiences.  People with mental strength focus on the positives in their life and surround themselves with other people who are also mentally strong.

Mental strength is developed over time when you choose to be courageous and committed to your self-development.  By practising daily gratitude, focusing on abundance and developing strengths, people with mental toughness choose to live their life on their terms.

Read also: 23 ways to be strong-minded

7 habits to develop mental toughness 

Here are 7 habits to develop mental strength.

1. Set measurable goals 

Setting measurable goals helps create a vision of who you want to be in the future.  Having the ability to set goals, and create an actionable plan to achieve those goals, requires commitment, courage and a strong mind.

When we set goals, we imagine a bigger and better future.  This vision can be exciting and scary at the same time.  If the goal seems beyond our current capability, we instantly see reasons why we may not be able to achieve the goal.

Taking the first step requires courage and strength to believe that you can achieve the goal.  When you set a goal that is measurable and has a deadline, you become intellectually and emotionally invested in achieving the goal.

This gives you a deeper sense of purpose.  You understand why achieving the goal is important and the difference achieving the goal will make in your life.  This insight gives you the mental toughness to take action and overcome the obstacles you may face in achieving your goals.

Read also: The importance of setting measurable goals

2. Stop comparing 

Developing mental strength takes more than willpower and inspiration.  Mental toughness takes courage, commitment, confidence and the development of healthy habits that build positivity and gratitude into your daily life.

One of the key habits that people with mental strength have is that they don’t compare themselves to others.

Not comparing yourself to other people can be a challenge.  When you compare yourself you take away your own power and strength, choosing to be like someone else.  Being strong-minded involves thinking for yourself, understanding your strengths and taking action based on your values.

To be strong mentally means being internally driven, rather than following someone else’s lead.  Having mental toughness means being aware of your own thoughts, feelings and actions, and staying true to them despite what other people may do or say to you.

Read also: 6 essential habits of self-aware people 

3. Celebrate your daily progress

Mental strength is developed through positive daily practice. The more you can identify and celebrate your positive daily progress the more mentally strong you will become.

Taking time for quiet reflection each day, and expressing gratitude, expands your positive feelings about yourself.  Feeling positive builds self-confidence and self-esteem.

Having self-confidence builds mental toughness and gives you the capability to deal with challenges and obstacles.  Take time at the end of each day to write down what you achieved, reflect on what you learned and consider what you want to achieve tomorrow.

This focus on the positive reinforces your ability to achieve your goals in a way that is most valuable to you.

Read also: 6 habits of highly productive people 

4. Develop a gratitude practice 

Being mentally strong means you focus on the positives and appreciate everything in your life.  Mental strength is about fully experiencing your feelings and expressing them every day,

Mental toughness involves getting clear on the things and people that mean the most to you and celebrating them.  Cultivating a gratitude practice allows people to develop mental strength by choosing who they want to become in the future, and then taking action to achieve that goal.

When you are clear on who you want to become you look for things and people that support that mission.  Taking time each day to express appreciation amplifies your positive feelings about your progress and the people who have helped you.

Make gratitude a daily habit by intentionally identifying three things in your life you are grateful for. This simple habit ensures you end each day with a feeling of accomplishment, rather than negativity.  This positivity can also help build resilience.

Read also: 7 ways to practice gratitude 

5. Practice being present 

It takes mental strength to be present in the moment rather than worrying about the past or fixating on the future.  It’s difficult to make decisions and take action when you’re not present.

You can change your life and work towards achieving bigger and better goals in the moment so it’s important to develop the mental muscle to focus on the here and now, and not be distracted.

When you are present you feel more in control, which reduces stress.  Staying present builds mental toughness and is an important capability to develop if you want to build mental strength.

6. Take action 

People with mental strength are action takers.  It can be tempting to wait until you feel ready to make a change but people with mental strength have the courage to take action on their goals even if they don’t feel ready or feel confident.  Developing a strong mindset is often simply about having the commitment to move forward.

When you are clear on the person you want to become and have specific, measurable goals to take action on, you are more likely to make the progress you want.

Getting to that future vision of yourself requires committed action daily.

7. Expand your abundance mindset 

Focusing on abundance, rather than scarcity, builds resilience.  When you focus on your strengths and all the things in your life that are going well you build positive habits that reinforces mental strength,

If you focus on negatives, and try to fix your weaknesses, you may hold yourself back from reaching your true potential.  Feeling happy and positive reinforces self-confidence and self-esteem.

Feeling negative can impact and influence your behaviour making it more difficult to overcome challenges and make important decisions.  Building the mental strength to focus on abundance requires a daily focus, but can be instrumental in helping you reach your goals.

Read more: 7 ways to create an abundance mindset

Summing up

Developing mental strength is about having the courage to choose how you want to live your life, and how you choose to react to the challenges and obstacles you face along the way.

Mental toughness requires hard work, commitment and the daily practice of building your mental muscle.  Using these simple habits will help you build mental strength and feel more confident and capable.

When you feel strong mentally, you can work more productively, shoot for bigger and better goals and create a life you love.

About the Author

Mark Pettit is an accountability coach to business owners and entrepreneurs in London, Essex, Suffolk and across the UK who want to simplify their time, energy and focus so they can multiply their freedom, impact and results. Discover the benefits of working with an accountability coach.

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