Becoming mentally strong is not for the mentally weak.
If that isn’t just too incredibly obvious for words.
Yet it wasn’t – still isn’t at times – to me.
See, I am a fairly logical thinker (or at least I like to think I am) so clearly categorizing which mental activities fall into the categories of “strong” and “weak” is not always so easy to do.
For instance, sometimes I might think I am being mentally strong when really I am being mentally obstinate (more a trait of the weak- than the strong-minded).
I might also assume endless rehashing of prior errors keeps me mindful enough to avoid doing those same things again in the future….when the more obvious outcome is that over time I become too afraid and down on myself to do much of anything at all.
This is why I found a recent list published by Forbes to be so very helpful.
Forbes lists out 13 things that mentally strong people avoid.
Since I too would like to be mentally strong, I plan to avoid these things also (and thus annex myself to the strong folks).
Here they are – all 13, in order (thanks Forbes!)
- They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
- They don’t give away their power.
- They don’t shy away from change.
- They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control.
- They don’t worry about pleasing others.
- They don’t fear taking calculated risks.
- They don’t dwell on the past.
- They don’t make the same mistakes over and over again.
- They don’t resent other people’s success.
- They don’t give up after failure.
- They don’t fear alone time.
- They don’t feel the world owes them anything.
- They don’t expect immediate results.
Today’s Takeaway: What do you think of this list? A few friends and I had some fun passing it around and identifying which ones were “us.” Since I resonated with all 13, it wasn’t quite as much fun for me. 😉 But whether you resonate with just one, a small handful, or the entire list, becoming more in tune with how you can strengthen your mind is always a good thing!
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