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Becoming Mentally STRONG

strongmanBecoming 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!) 

  1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
  2. They don’t give away their power.
  3. They don’t shy away from change.
  4. They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control.
  5. They don’t worry about pleasing others.
  6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks.
  7. They don’t dwell on the past.
  8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over again.
  9. They don’t resent other people’s success.
  10. They don’t give up after failure.
  11. They don’t fear alone time.
  12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything.
  13. 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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Becoming Mentally STRONG

Shannon Cutts


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Cutts, S. (2014). Becoming Mentally STRONG. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mentoring-recovery/2014/01/becoming-mentally-strong/

 

Last updated: 16 Jan 2014
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