10 Things Mentally Strong People Do

I just finished my goal for 2013 (13 races in 2013). Changing some key mental habits are what ultimately pushed me towards success and I am not the only one. Many successful people, I know, have healthy mental habits built into their lives. Pick a couple and incorporate these into your routine. Check it out!
1.    Embrace Change 
Be water. Come on Bruce Lee fans, you know what I’m talking about. Learn to adapt, especially to physical and emotional challenges. This was a HUGE hurdle for me. I like routine and I loved my lines in the sand. In the end, I let them go. The best way to learn, to overcome or to see what you are made of is to get uncomfortable and roll with punches. Good or bad, I am ready for all the challenges.
2.  Ignore the Critics
One of my favorite Dita Von Teese quotes is “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”  Don’t worry about satisfying everyone all the time.  It doesn’t work and neither does being a “yes man.” It makes you a door mat; stop it.
3.  Control Your Emotions
Mentally strong people are in control of their emotions and how they respond to others. By allowing someone else to make you feel a certain way, you are giving them emotional power over you.
4.  Recognize there are things you cannot control. Period.
5.  Let go of your past.
We all come with baggage but we don’t have to pack them around with us every day. Don’t waste time wishing things were different. Move on. Which leads me to my next point…
6.  Learn from your mistakes.
Making the same error over and over again is very painful. Instead examine the situation and recognize what you could do to avoid the landmine in the future.
7.   Persevere.
Keep trying; giving up never ended in success. If your expectation is victory the first time, every time, then you’re going to be very disappointed.
8.  Spend Time Alone
You are pretty awesome and you should want to spend time with yourself. My husband often jokes about me needing him at bed time to cuddle. However, he will be the first to tell you that I really enjoy when he leaves town. The time alone allows me to do stuff I don’t always have time for otherwise. For the record…there is nothing weird about going to a movie alone either (you don’t have to share snacks.)
9.  Take Risks
Don’t be reckless; get informed and spend time making a calculated decision.
10.  Responsibility is Key
Mentally Strong people understand that life isn’t fair. The world doesn’t owe you anything. Don’t waste your time being upset about what happens to you, being resentful of another persons’ success and how someone made you feel. You have control over your actions and taking responsibility for those actions will ultimately bring you self-satisfaction.

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