Recall your gym scenario, when you are performing barbell bench-press with attached weight of 180 pounds and your trainer suddenly arrives. Now he makes it 240 pounds,ask you to lift. “Yes, you can do it. One more. Do it. Do it” he shouts continuously to make you go for it and yes you get it done. That was not only possible because of the strength that you applied through arms to lift the barbell but also mental alignment, which made your mind to go for it and get it done.
There might be an ample number of such examples from our personal life. Similarly, in our professional life we come across lots of hurdle, sometimes they are “make it or break it” moments. And one of the effective way, which help us to overcome such obstacles is by taking control of your thoughts and emotion by being mentally strong. Your mental strength makes you that tough guy, who gets the things done.
Here is the list of simple and effective exercises that can help you in developing your mental strength:
Mediation: In our earlier articles we have emphasised on the need of adopting mediation in our daily lives. In article titled “Tips for Growing Patience”, we discussed that people should start mediating in order to gain patience, which is one of the characteristic of mentally strong person. Number of researches have talked about the benefits of mediation. Meditation helps you to remove negativity (ex: stress) from us and fill it with positive energy (ex: forgiveness). So, start meditating for atleast ten minutes from today.
Measurable goal setting with timeline: “The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run. It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.” —Seth Godin.
Goal setting is important part of our life, which helps us in choosing our path and achieving milestone. But goal setting need to be realistic and certainty of failure should be accounted. Goals should be set in the methodology, where it has step by step plan with stipulated timeline and measurable attribute.
For ex: if you have to reach moon then first you need to fly, then get out of space and then you get on moon, you can’t directly go on moon in one go. Taking this example ahead, you have to set timeline after achieving success in first step. You don’t have your whole life to achieve next step of going space. Goals mentally prepare you to push yourself towards certain dreams, which you always want to achieve in life. But if goals are not formed in step by step manner, measured frequently or don’t have timeline attached to it, then it is waste of time and effort.
In pursuit of achieving goals, if you come across any failure then I would advise you try identifying the reason instead of excuse.
Let it go: Take it as a brutal truth that you cannot control everything in life, so pick your fight wisely. Start identifying in life the things which you are able to control and things which you are not able to control. And put the things which you are not able to control to Let it go category and forget about it. Stop wasting your mental and physical efforts on them.
And positive energy that you have stored in your brain, try to utilise on achieving the things which can be done.
Eat a frog daily: Well, I am not telling you to literally eat a frog daily, frog over here talk about task. Mark Twain said “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first”.
Road to success in not achieved in one day, so start identifying small little task everyday and start finishing it. And if you come across a tough task then start finishing it first. Try to make your life little tough by accepting discomfort and start living outside your comfort zone.