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How much do you Mental Bench Press?

“You know that little voice in the back of your mind, telling you to stop? Well you can train that little voice. I taught mine to shut up.”

In life, as in business, we all have difficult choices we must make during our time that stretch the limits of our capacity, whether it is physical or mental. These challenges lead to learning points that correlate into fear or mental strength.

The fear portion is when the challenge overtakes an individual thus leaving them feeling defeated and broken. At this point the fear can control your mentality or you can convert this fear into a lesson on mental strength.

Strength can be defined as a beneficial quality of a person: courage, firmness, and durability. Sounds like a Ford Truck commercial, yet these are the qualities that our minds can possess if we train it like we do our bodies.

Mental strength training does not require a gym membership, a blender, or free weights. The recipe for success lies in you and your desire to progress and understand. Understand what you might ask. These next four mental strength tips will start you on the course to preparing yourself for challenges.

1. Talk to Yourself. Ask questions. Answer questions. You can find out more truths about yourself when you are addressing the person directly, which is YOU!

2. Be uncomfortable. Tolerance Training. Reach outside of your comfort zone at home, work & play. Take a project with a tight deadline, do some homework with the kids you don’t understand, or sign up for an event you didn’t think was possible.

3. Focus on the Present. Mental Strength relies on you learning from the past not dwelling in it. Learn it, lose it and focus.

4. Calm Yourself. Until your mental strength is second nature, you may need to calm your fears in situations of mental anguish while still moving forward through positive and reassuring thoughts.

Mental Strength is a valuable tool in your toolbox of life which you must learn from and test.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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