One of the least talked about factors of success is being mentally tough. Mental toughness will allow you to endure adversity, hardship, setbacks and ultimately achieve success.
The next question is - What does it mean to be mentally tough?
Ø It means when trouble and heartaches head your way - you are not permanently knocked off the bicycle of life.
Ø It means when your plan is not going exactly the way you planned - you press on.
Ø It means when others criticize you - you refuse to allow someone else to dictate your thoughts or direction.
Ø It means you know who you are.
Ø It means you accept 100% responsibility for every action you have ever committed.
Now, if being mentally tough is so crucial to success -
How do you become mentally tough?
Some of the most mentally tough people I have ever known have mastered and adopted three behaviors;-
Ø They never blame someone else for their actions
Ø They are physically fit
Ø They accomplish their daily GOALS.
Never blame someone else for your actions.
The first key to being mentally tough is refusing to be a victim and accepting 100% responsibility for your actions.. It is not your parents' fault, your boss's fault, the fault of the government or someone you knew when you were a teenager. How in the world can you be mentally tough when you blame others for your lot in life? It is empowering to accept responsibility for your fate.
When you consciously or subconsciously blame another (government, economy, family, etc.) for the outcome of your life, you are significantly reducing the chances of a happy life. This is true because you have given someone else the power to control your thoughts and actions.
Become mentally tough by becoming physically tough. Yes, there is a confidence that you will have when your muscles are toned and a walk on the beach does not exhaust you.
The confidence that comes from being fit is one that can't be found anywhere else. Watch what you eat and exercise. It is crucial in being mentally tough.
Set goals and then accomplish them! How many times do people make New Years resolutions only to break them by January 20th? This is a much bigger deal than you may think. It is a big deal because subconsciously you are telling your mind, "I can't even keep a New Years resolution!" When you tell yourself this subconsciously, you then begin to lose confidence in yourself and every aspect of your life is affected. When someone compliments you - it makes you feel awkward because deep down you think, "Gee, if they only knew that I can't even keep a New Years resolution."
Conversely, if you set a small goal of readingthe Holy Quran dailyand you accomplish it, your self-confidence begins to build. Subconsciously you are telling yourself, "I am valuable - I am worth it - I can hit my goals - I am successful.' When you see yourself this way, you are well on the way to becoming mentally tough.
ExampleIn daily Life,give yourselfa daily goal of Praying Five Times Prayer, atleast pray one time in the Mosque, Obey your Parents, Recite Quran and perform a good deed. When you accomplish this goal day after day, even though it is so small, it is making a mental deposit into your self-esteem bank account that says you can accomplish goals and are valuable.
Being mentally tough is often the last piece of the puzzle to focus on for success. Yet, I know very few successful people who are not mentally tough. It is easier to get there than you think. Become responsible for your life, stay in shape and set and accomplish your goals.
GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
The least we can do as individuals is to motivate and inspire another human being!
Because a candle loses nothing by lighting another!
Muhammad Ahmad Khan
Reiki Master & Master in Fourth Dimension
This message has been posted on HMGoogleGroup by: Muhammad Ahmad