The Olympic Games brings together to the world the best athletes in every sport to demonstrate their mastery through competition. The athletes’ preparation is meticulously ongoing and demanding both physically and mentally. When their mental toughness is tested, they rely on gritty backbone, an unwavering dedication to help guide them through trying moments, remaining focused on their desired goal. The difference between an amateur and a true Olympian is how much discomfort and emotional and mental pain a person is willing to endure to achieve what they want.
Like the Olympians, we too must draw on our psychological preparedness, in leaving nothing to chance by meticulously preparing not only for situations or events we expect, but also for unexpected events. Preparing ourselves to display mental toughness and resiliency in advance gives us two vital advantages: first, it multiples our chances for success; and second, it helps us exceed our original expectations in anything we attempt, especially when quick decisions are required.
When you adopt the Olympian attitude, which characteristics displaying grit do you call upon to give you the psychological strength to embrace resiliency and keep going? Compare your own behavior and mental attitude to this list of ways to display true grit:
1. Demonstrating the Courage and Confidence to take the road “less traveled”, not to pull back or play it safe, taking a wait and see attitude. Assuring yourself you can do what you can do right now in the present moment.
2. Having the Mental Agility to take a clear line-of-sight of both smooth paths as well as obstacle courses, successfully and repeatedly zig-zagging your way to successful solutions rather than following a straight line to reach any goal.
3. Feeling Resilient no matter what happens in the moment. Demonstrating resilient thinking determines that your actions influence the result rather than jumping back into action from habit rather than inspired by conscious thought.
The articles below are a quick read to give you different characteristic views of ‘grit’ and to spark positive mental energy when things get tough and the tough need to get going and keep going toward achieving their goals.
The secrets used by Navy SEALs and US Olympians to build mental willpower.
Could you think positive thoughts if you were running out of oxygen and drowning? Read more
Source: The Mission
When the going gets tough the tough stay connected, positive and resilient.
The truth is that life can be tough, business can be hard-hitting and success comes with challenges. What separates those who can hold their own and keep going in times of adversity is a cluster of habits that center on resilience.
Resilience means developing a strong solid level of mental toughness. We aren’t born with it–it’s a habit you develop, a skill you learn. And it’s absolutely essential.
Read more here about four core habits of the most resilient people
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