You can learn a couple of tricks from the little green Jedi. He has said, “Do or do not – there is no try.” There is a profound degree of wisdom conveyed in that quote. All of us face challenges, obstacles or setbacks that seem insurmountable at times (this could be fitness, business personal/money issues). Fortunately, the ability to endure and persevere through overwhelming circumstances is a critical skill that anyone can start developing today by using three common-sense tips.
Decide what you WON’T think
You have probably been told to “think positive”. However, it is just as important to not think negatively. It’s usually easier to identify negative thought patterns you’ve had in the past and then choose not to engage in those again.
For instance, if you are prone to thinking the worst outcome will occur, choose to take a wait-and-see approach instead. If you think you’re the only one who can save a project and that thinking causes you undue stress, decide to delegate to others.
You dictate your thought life, so be mindful about avoiding negative thoughts that undermine your mental toughness.
Build mental momentum
Mental toughness can wane when you’re stuck in a rut. The best way to break habit is to achieve a small win for yourself and then build on it. Write down what you decide to do, then check it off once it is accomplished and repeat the process to build momentum. I personally love to use sticky notes and write down what I want to accomplish, and then cross it out when it is done. I feel accomplished and I am building momentum to achieve more.
Channel your role model
Lastly, pick someone that you believe embodies mental toughness. I have always been an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and it is inspiring to see his story (born in Austria, poor, physical abuse from his father, language barriers, forced to join the military end eventually becoming Mr. Olympia, Governor of California and multiple amazing movies).
Learn about your respective role model so you understand how they got to where they are – their thinking, beliefs, motivations and perceptions. Strive to gain as much insight into their psyche as you can and then mimic it within your own life every chance you get. Understanding how others successfully navigated through adversity can equip you with similar skills.