If there is something I’ve learned about success and achievement, is the importance of your mental strength over any other ability or quality you may possess.
We’ve all heard the quote “mind over matter”, and it is quite true; you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it.
For the next 3 weeks, we’ll be delivering 4 blogs with tips on how to build your mental toughness, and the topics will cover the following:
- Focus on yourself first
- Discover your purpose
- Define your path
- Create a supportive environment for your new purpose
So, let’s start with the first one then:
Focus on Yourself First
If you want your mind to become an undefeatable weapon at your service, self-awareness is the place to start.
Self-awareness is the ability to look at yourself without any attachment to what you’re going to find. You just look at what is there; emotions, thoughts, patterns… you evaluate everything objectively.
This is the only way to know where you actually stand, what is your starting point. One way to establish your self-awareness is using a journal.
Find a quiet place and use least some 10 minutes a day to write about your thoughts, feelings, etc.
This will be your starting point.
Now you need a destination; something to move towards to.
There is a great tool widely used by the renowned coach Jack Canfield called Vision Board, which can help you define your “destination point”. In it, you simply add pictures or drawings of the things, events, and situations you’d want to achieve for you.
Before taking on these exercises, try doing some deep breathing to center yourself, and spend some time reflecting on who you are, where you are, and what you want for your life. These two points of focus (your actual and your future self), when practiced as a reliable habit, will give you enough knowledge about yourself to move on to the next step in this path to mental toughness: Discover Your Purpose, which we’ll be covering it next week.
Until then, keep going, stay strong