Earlier this week I posted the 12 mental toughness traits, let’s examine these traits in closer detail. Understand, mental toughness is most commonly referred to in athletics, however, mental toughness can apply to any area of life, whether you are an athlete, a parent, a student, an entrepreneur, an employee or all of the above. You can benefit from increasing your mental toughness.
1. Having an unshakable self-belief in your ability to achieve your competition goals
Understand: competition goals are the same as life goals. If you don’t think that life is a competition, go watch Nat Geo Wild. To survive, you must compete.
Before undertaking any endeavor you must develop an unshakable belief in own abilities. We can expedite the self-belief process by:
- Keeping promises you make to yourselves. If you tell yourself you are going to do something, you better make sure you do. Start with small wins and focus on building momentum.
- Use positive self-talk. Stop talking to yourself in a negative context. Instead, focus on what you can do. Focus on your strengths and consistently remind yourself of these attributes.
- Hijak your self-image. Your self-image is the picture you hold of ourselves. Focus on the good aspects of you. When you think about you, think about the good. Not what you don’t like.