Whenever you confront a challenge or overcome a difficulty in your personal or professional life, it’s important to realize that deep strengths reside inside you that make all the difference. Take advantage of them in coming back from the brink and in emerging out of the other side in triumph, despite the mental turmoil and inner conflicts that may arise.
Here are seven deep strengths of mental toughness that mentally strong people turn to in order to achieve what is important to them without limits.
Grit means strength of character, not giving up, and the ability to see a situation through to a satisfactory resolution. It is an unyielding deep strength we can access, ignite, and manage anytime that transcends our knowledge, skills, and past successes.
We call upon ‘grit’ to help us work through difficult situations in pursuit of our purpose. Angela Lee Duckworth in her TED TALK identifies five characteristics of grit.
Being achievement-oriented and establishing long term goals represents an intrinsic zest of commitment in knowing what you want, being unyielding in pursuit, and a firm belief that “excellence is an attitude, not an endgame”.
Grit makes you resilient; we believe it makes you into a resilient thinker because thinking determines the action which determines the result as opposed to jumping back into action from habit rather than conscious thought. So be a resilient thinker and ask yourself, ‘When I do bounce back from feeling miserable, or from being upset, or from a difficult experience, what difference would that make to me?”
Grit inspires courage to help you deal with a challenge, face a fear or conquer indecision by taking a calculated risk, the kind that makes fortunes and remarkable achievements.
Our message to you is total immersion in worthwhile pursuits. Sitting long hours in front of the television, the internet, or video games will not help you train for a winning mindset. Train your mind to hone in on and sustain a winning attitude in all you do so you can design your own life rather than leaving it to chance. The winning mind-set triumphs over adversity and pain and provides the confidence to take the road “less traveled.”
There is an eternal truth that being forewarned is being forearmed. We believe in leaving nothing to chance by meticulously preparing not only for situations or events we expect, but also for unexpected events. Preparing yourself in advance gives you two vital advantages: first, it multiples your chances of success; and second, it helps you be more successful in anything you attempt, especially when quick decisions are required.
As martial artists and business professionals we believe in keeping our minds active and our wits about us at all times by what is called in the Japanese culture zanshin (zahn-sheen), or “lingering mind.” This means we’re aware of our thoughts and emotions so as to avoid falling into a mentally dormant state of autopilot thinking. A “lingering mind” is alert and helps you pay careful attention to your immediate surroundings, in and out of the workplace. It can serve to keep you out of harm’s way, a crucial advantage in today’s world where the threat of terrorism is constant.
Self-awareness is a mind-set to finding your best self. The more you like yourself, know your core strengths, understand the values that are important to you, know how your moral compass drives you toward success and what influences your failures, the more accurate perception you possess of the real “you” and your abilities.
Growing Through Learning
Learn something new about your craft daily and intentionally practice it. Practice the new skill and apply the new knowledge until it becomes part of you. See all results as learning experiences, not failures. Abstain from being among the idle thinkers who think the skills they have now will be the same ones they will need when they achieve their goal.
Companies like Google, YouTube, Amazon, and eBay did not spin out from big companies. They sprang from individuals who were self-motivated, remained disciplined in their dedication to innovation, and had an inquisitive mind. This deep strength means you are your own person responsible for your own success or failure. Self-discipline means responding moment by moment to what you are thinking rather than feeling.
When you access any one of these seven deep strengths in the face of uncertainty, difficulty or challenge, you join the millions of mentally tough individuals guaranteed to make a difference in the world.
© Copyright 2015 Earnest Hart Jr. & Jennifer Touma Mindscape
Earnest Hart Jr., author of “How to Vacation and Travel Safely and Come Back Alive“, is an international personal safety expert, holding black belts in 15 different martial arts disciplines. He is an influential keynote speaker offering personal safety solutions for each client’s unique needs, personal safety and mental toughness coach, and leads seminars on personal safety. His series of anti-bullying and personal safety programs have helped schools, corporations, police departments, senior-citizens and global travelers. His Safe-T-Guru online portal, dedicated to travel and vacation safety and self-defense, launches later this year ( www.earnesthart.com).
Jennifer Touma is a leadership & mental toughness coach, speaker, black-belt martial artist and author of Moment of Impact, a practical guide towards meeting life-altering moments with confidence, power and decisiveness – in essence, how to find that emotional toughness within. She writes and speaks on personal development, mental toughness, leadership and empowerment in and out of the workplace. Her book, Moment of Impact, is available on Amazon. Follow her on Twitter Learn more visit her web site www.mindscapemind.com