Mental toughness – Importance and how to build it?

Mental toughness – Importance and how to build it
Mental toughness – Importance and how to build it

Mentaltoughness – Importance and how to build it?

Have you everthought what it takes to be a great leader, athlete or to achieve success inany field? Why do some people achieve what they want and others lead their lifelike failures? What is the difference? Generally, people think that it's theirtalent that makes them successful but the reality is something else as there ismore to the story.

When you startlooking into it you will find that the ability and intellect don't play a hugerole as you might think. According to researches, intelligence is around 20 percent responsible for the success of any person. So, what makes a greater impactthan the ability and intellect? It's mental toughness.

Mental toughnessis also known as the grit which is extremely vital to achieve anything in yourlife be it good health, six-figure business or desired life. This is great newsas it is nothing to do with your genetics, but you can develop grit over theperiod of time with the help of the following points:

  1. Emotionalstability –One quality that every leader should possess is to make good decisions underpressure. It is crucial to stay calm, objective and deliver the top-levelperformance under any circumstances.
  2. Perspective – When the worldis against you, your mental strength helps you to move forward against allodds. Train your mind to keep your problems in proper perspective withoutforgetting what you truly want to accomplish.
  3. Ready for change – Change is thelaw of nature and if you have to ability and flexibility to adapt accordinglythen you have one of the most important skills.
  4. Detachment – You can be thestrongest if you remember that it's not about you. You are wasting your time bytaking everything personally. Instead of crying over things that are out ofyour control, try to focus on things that are in your control.
  5. Strength understress– To build mental toughness you should be able to deal with stressfulsituations. It will help you to build resilience and face negative situations.
  6. Preparation forchallenges– Remember, life is unexpected and that's the beauty of it. There will be dailydemands, sudden crisis and surprising twists but make sure you have all theresources to face any professional and personal crisis.
  7. Focus – Always keep yourfocus on the long term result but make sure you are not ignoring small stepsthat needed to be taken.
  8. The right attitudetoward setbacks– Hitches, accidental side effects, and failures are part of the journey. Tryto minimise the damage, learn from that experience and move forward.
  9. Self-validation – Instead ofmaking others happy put all of your focus on your happiness. Take efforts tostand for what you believe in and don't worry about pleasing others.
  10. Patience – Always rememberthat anything worthwhile takes time, hard work, dedication and endurance tobuild. Don't expect results in short term and view your result as work inprogress.
  11. Control – Stay in controlof your actions, emotions and never give away your power to others. Yourabsolute strength is the ability to control the way you are going to respond toany situation. You can't control what others say or feel but you can alwayscontrol your response.
  12. Acceptance – Don't complainabout the things you have no control over. Be aware of that one thing that onlyyou can control is your own attitude and behaviour so use it to your strengths.
  13. Endurance in theface of failure– Failure is not a destination; it's the way toward success. You have to seefailure as an opportunity to learn and grow instead of a reason to quit. If youhave a burning desire then you will keep on trying to get what you want.
  14. Unwaveringpositivity –Everyone is positive until they encounter toxic people. Ignore them and don'tbring yourself down. Never allow negative people to destroy your spirit anddesire to accomplish your goals.
  15. Contentment – Being gratefulfor what you have is the ultimate happiness. Don't waste your precious timebeing jealous of anyone's success or accomplishment. Focus on your achievementsand abilities and see the magic happens.
  16. Stubbornness – Being stubbornabout your goals is what give you power. Never be shaken by other opinions andnever give up. 
  17. A strong innercompass– Always stay true to your inner self, it will guide you to the rightdirection.
  18. Uncompromisingstandards –Have a set standard, don't let hard times and problems to be the reason tolower the standards.


Being mentallystrong takes a lot of conscious practice and mindfulness. You need to replaceyour old and bad habits with your new and productive habits. Becoming mentallystrong means you have to break the negative or toxic pattern in your mind,learn from it and see what happens.

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