When you are an entrepreneur or hold a senior position in a company, you need an emotional and mental balance to be successful. All of us go through hardships, face rejection, get stuck in boring jobs and face personal hurdles in life. But, such situations actually test your emotional well-being, and your true strength lies in successfully cruising through them.
So, if you are feeling a bit low and are in search of some motivation, just observe how mentally strong people handle challenges in their own lives. Here are a few things they do on a regular basis which keep them sane and strong:
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Mentally tough people don’t hesitate to embrace change. They welcome it with positivity and optimism. The worst thing that can happen to you is not having any change. Many times, change can be an opportunity to step up in your life. When you are doing the same thing over and over again, the results won’t be any different. You should be willing to adapt to change with an open mind.
When a senior at work asks you something, it is easier to say yes than to say no. Saying yes seems more positive, pleasing and spontaneous. But, research conducted by the University of California suggests that people who find difficulty in saying no experience burnout, stress and, sometimes, even depression. On the other hand, mentally strong individuals are aware that saying no is actually healthy, thereby, protecting their self-esteem. All you need to take care of is to be polite, yet stern. If you say things like “I’m not certain” or “I don’t think I can do this”, it only makes it very ambiguous. Rather, say no with confidence and experience the sense of liberation.
Mentally strong individuals don’t over-analyse every situation trying to find a meaning behind it. They do not feel the need to control every little thing. They don't complain, worry or keep wishing for things that are too difficult to achieve. It is only a waste of energy. Instead, when you invest in things you can control, you will feel prepared for what life throws at you. For example, if an employee or co-worker is behaving in a certain way, don't fret about things that made them so. Instead, you can focus on your own productivity or project and try to do a good job.
Warren Buffet said, “The best investment you can make is in yourself.” There are so many reports and articles which suggest that good nourishment through food and exercises like yoga or running are what successful people follow religiously. These lifestyle habits can reduce stress, improve memory, clear up vision and also improve your cognitive abilities. You can also see that their self-confidence is much higher, and so are their social skills, confidence and attention span.
When mentally strong individuals hear about a friend's promotion or a family member's achievement, they know that these don’t define their own lives or their achievements. They don’t compare themselves with anyone, and they handle criticism with a sportive spirit.
Like personal habits, mental well-being can also be cultivated by relentlessly practising it. And, before you know it people will start looking up to you.
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