We all have good and bad habits. A person can choose to spend time breaking those less-than-desirable habits, or choose to focus their time on cultivating good habits. We recommend paying attention to the positive (positive reinforcement is so much better), and reinforcing positive habits like developing your mental toughness.
Like how to improve your morning routine, ways to stay calm and reduce anxiety, and how to create a more organized home, developing mental toughness can keep you on the path toward a more enjoyable, and rewarding life.
Clinical social worker and psychotherapist Amy Morin’s book, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”, is based on an article she wrote in 2013 as a reminder of all those bad habits she needed to avoid to better handle her her father-in-law’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. Her book expands on the habits she highlighted in the article and offers practical solutions to develop mental toughness.
Our list to become more mentally strong focuses on three of Morin’s bad habits to break, but instead of concentrating on the bad, we share our top three good habits you should practice becoming mentally tough.
3 Life-Changing Habits to Develop Mental Toughness
- Seek Out Change - Mentally strong people don’t avoid change. Instead, they recognize that change brings about growth and the flexibility that is needed to better interact with the world. Mentally tough people know that even when change isn’t necessarily positive, experiencing change is another opportunity to learn and grow.
- Focus on What You Can Control - Learning to let go of the things you cannot control or impact is crucial to becoming more mentally tough. Don’t get bogged down by the little mishaps, misconstrued conversations, and traffic jams, instead, spend your precious time and energy on things that you can control. The most important takeaway is that there is so much in the world we can’t control, but we can control our attitude and our reaction to those frustrations.
- Look Toward the Future - Focus on the future instead of getting weighed down by the past. You can’t change the past, but you can impact your future.
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