I have always thought of myself as a person that has a high level of Mental Toughness, this is something that I have worked on consciously over many years of my life! Creating a strong mind has been really important for me because there has been so much stress in my life as a live in caregiver. Because of this I have made it a point to develop good habits and I do believe this is a part of my mental toughness for sure.
After spending much time over the past week to watch, listen and learn at The Evolution of Medicine Online Summit is has me thinking of this idea of mental toughness to live a life where you have Lifestyle as Medicine. Creating great habits where the 6 Pillars of WellBeing are lived easily and effortlessly! Living in a way that honors the 6 Pillars of Wellbeing actually for the most part allows you to have Lifestyle as Medicine because you are exercising, eating real organic food, not smoking, getting good quality sleep, meditating and connecting with those people that you love! Over the past 17-18 years of my life without even knowing at first these habits had a name I began this journey of change. One little change at a time, even when it was super difficult I stuck with it. Today I believe this is a lifetime journey because there are always things we can improve in our life!
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
So my question today is, do you know that the level of your mental toughness is directly related to your habits? Actually not many people are aware of this. Instead they think that being mentally tough is something you were born with. It is not, you can develop and improve your mental toughness in all areas of life!
A habit is a routine that you follow each day, almost without thinking. No one has to tell you to brush your teeth each morning, it is a habit.
How high would you say your mental toughness is? Answer the following:
- Do you give up on exercise when it gets tough?
- Do you find excuses for everything?
- Are you stuck losing weight regardless of what you do?
If you answered yes to any of these then your mental toughness needs working on. When you allow excuses to stop you, you are only hurting yourself. It is not really your lack of motivation or willpower it is your lack of mental toughness.
When you have mental toughness you do not allow obstacles or excuses to block your way. Instead you battle through regardless of any circumstance.
The easiest way to improve your mental toughness is by developing your habits. Pick one thing that you want to become a habit and work on it. It only takes about 21 days for a habit to become engrained in your mind. That really isn’t that long now is it?
If you want to lose those last 10 pounds but haven’t given up your daily sodas yet. Get tough mentally and stop drinking them so you can reduce those last few pounds to feel better. Now what I had to do was find a positive substitute that I could replace the sodas with and at first it was bubbly soda water, then ultimately it was pure, clean water that now has been my daily habit for almost 18 years. It was tough in the beginning, but by sticking with it, the habit was created!
Another example is wanting to run in a 5K but you haven’t yet. Identify what it is that is stopping you and think about how badly you want it. If you want this with all of your heart and soul you will achieve it. You will find time to fit in your training runs and this will fill you with a sense of accomplishment.
What all of this boils down to is how determined you are. To succeed all you need is the perseverance to keep on going. This means scheduling and planning out your runs/fitness programs/real food daily meals and putting the tools into place so that you succeed.
To become a mentally tough person you need to be willing to stay true to yourself. This entails not going off track or getting right back on track if you find yourself dereailed and be willing to find a way to get things done.
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So my question today is, do you know that the level of your mental toughness is directly related to your habits?
I believe so and it would be great to hear how you developed your habits through your mental toughness in the comments area below.
What mental toughness exercises do you practice regularly?