It’s a New Year, and chances are you’re like the millions of people around the world who have made those annual resolutions. Will you have the mental toughness to see them through and actually accomplish those goals of self-improvement, losing weight and making more money? While you certainly have good intentions, research shows that only eight percent of people are actually successful in achieving their goals.
So how can you be a part of that 8 percent? The answer, in short, is mental toughness.
What is Mental Toughness?
Mental toughness is a term that describes a frame of mind in which people stop at nothing to achieve their goals. It’s a no excuse, results-driven, winner-takes-all mindset. And my research has shown that people with strong mental toughness skills are more successful than those without them. Luckily, there are ways you can sharpen your mental toughness tools and make great things happen in the New Year.
11 Ways to be Mentally Tough
1. It’s Not Winning but Wanting To Win That Matters
Winners have a “whatever it takes” attitude. They’ve made the decision to pay any price and bear any burden in the name of victory. Before you begin, ask yourself if you’re willing to do anything and everything to accomplish your goals. Without this level of commitment, you’re not going to be successful.
2. Don’t Expect it to Be Easy
Many people think accomplishing their goals is going to be a walk in the park. When they run into an obstacle they immediately seek escape. Realize that some days will be tougher than others. While you can’t change that, you can take control of how you handle these situations. Have a plan to push forward when this happens. If you’re not ready to suffer during adversity, you’re not going to be successful.
3. Don’t Focus on How to Do It. Instead, Focus on Why Should I Do It?
Ask yourself, “Why do I want this goal to become a reality?” The intensity of emotion with which this question is answered will determine whether the dream comes alive or dies.
4. Get Super Detailed
One of the biggest reasons people don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions is because they aren’t clear about what they want to achieve. You must get really clear about what you want to change, define it in detail and get totally committed to doing it. Don’t just ...
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