What makes some people so resilient? Were they raised differently? Is it a hormone thing, or are they born with different genes than everyone else? Is mental toughness just a gift someone is born with?
My opinion? Nope.
It’s not a popular opinion, but for me, your mental health and character is like a muscle – the more you work it, the stronger it gets.
When you are mentally tough, you face failure and discomfort head on, and keep going. You push through difficult situations and come out the other end without too much of a dent to your confidence. You’re stable, able to perform under pressure and don’t let emotions or stress swallow your gains.
Answer this: have you ever seen a newborn baby with the above qualities? What about a 2-year-old? No? That’s because mental toughness is not inborn, it’s created.
Athletes at the top of their game aren’t superhuman and you can bet they’ve wrestled with their demons. Perhaps the only difference between them and the average Joe is that when they choke or fall short, they don’t assume this means they’ll always do it, and that this defines them.
Train your body and you can’t help but train your mind as well. And the training for both takes time and dedication. The path isn’t smooth.
So how do you boost your mental toughness?
Easy – give yourself plenty of opportunities to be mentally tough. This means pushing yourself. It means confronting fears and practicing dusting yourself off after a fall.
And if you fail given an opportunity? Excellent. You’ve uncovered a chance to learn to process failure and keep going.
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The founder of Combat Mindset, Michael Saad, is a straight-forward and easy to follow Results Coach that helps athletes, fighters and tactical operators get mentally and physically stronger.