Do you know that your talent and your intelligence don’t play nearly as big of a role as you might think. The research studies that I have found say that intelligence only accounts for 30% of your achievement — and that’s at the extreme upper end.
What makes a bigger impact than talent or intelligence? Mental strength.
Research is starting to reveal that your mental strength plays a more important role than anything else for achieving your goals in business, health, and life. That’s good news because you can’t do much about the genes you were born with, but you can do a lot to develop mental strength.
Developing mental strength takes conscious effort, dedication and daily practice. Here are 10 ways for you to build your mental strength.
1. Establish goals.
The human brain is naturally predisposed to reach for and achieve goals. Set big goals and manageable short-term goals.
With each goal you achieve, you’ll gain more confidence in your ability to succeed. You’ll also learn to recognize when your goals are unrealistically ambitious and when they’re not challenging enough.
2. Set yourself up for success.
Don’t subject yourself to temptations every day. Create a conducive environment.
3. Tolerate discomfort for a greater purpose.
Discomfort can lead people to look for unhealthy shortcuts rather than deal with a problem.
Practice tolerating discomfort by reminding yourself of the bigger picture.
4. Reframe your negative thoughts.
Strive to develop a realistic yet optimistic thoughts. By replacing those negative thoughts with more realistic expectations, you can stay on course and equip yourself to manage the bad days.
5. Balance your emotions with logic.
You make the best decisions when your emotions and logic are in sync. Dont make decisions based on one more than the other. Use both to weigh your options.
6. Strive to fulfill your purpose.
It’s hard to stay the course unless you know your overall purpose. Know your WHY. Why do you want to earn more money or learn a skill set? Let your WHY be written down clearly and concise.
7. Look for explanations, not excuses.
When you don’t perform as well as expected, examine the reasons why. Look for an explanation to help you do better next time.
Take full responsibility for any shortcomings. Don’t blame others or the circumstances for your missteps. Acknowledge and face your mistakes so you can learn from them and avoid repeating them in the future.
8. Do one hard thing every day.
You won’t improve by accident. Purposely challenge yourself by analyzing where your comfortable boundaries are then pick something slightly outside those boundaries and take one small step every day. Push yourself to become a little better today than you were yesterday.
9. Use the 5-minute rule.
Mental strength won’t magically make you feel motivated all of the time. But it can help you be productive, even when you don’t feel like it.
When you’re tempted to put off making that call, doing a 3 way call, or being on the webinar etc, use the 5-minute rule to tell yourself to get moving for just 5 minutes.
Getting started is often the hardest part. Once you take the first step, you’ll realize it’s not nearly as bad as you predicted, and your other skills can help keep you going.
10. Prove yourself wrong.
The next time you think you can’t do it, prove yourself wrong.
Your mind will want to quit long before your body needs to give up. Prove to yourself that you’re more capable than you give yourself credit for, and over time, your brain will stop underestimating your potential.
Mentally tough leaders are more consistent than their peers. They have a clear goal that they work towards each day. They don’t let short–term profits, negative feedback, or hectic schedules prevent them from continuing the march towards their vision. They make a habit of building up the people around them — not just once, but over and over and over again.