Awakening Strengths Part 2

Mental toughness or fortitude is defined as a personality trait which determines, in large part, whether individuals respond to stress, pressure, challenge and change in a way where know our own abilities and capacities, can endure trials and tribulations, and to maintain a high level of performance when faced with these events. Things like positive affirmations, identifying heroes and heroines, and effective goal settings helps in building mental toughness, so is staying true ourselves, which is our personal values, or morals. Its mental toughness that is an inner direction that helps with resisting both internal and external influences that weaken our self-confidence and well-being. It’s predicated on the ability to remain in control and influence over one’s circumstances and thus immediate environment and surroundings, having efficacy along with many other points. We know our abilities as in feel that their actions can play a part in determining the outcome of our circumstances.

The strength of mental fortitude can be summarised as the following aspects:

*Everything must change because change breeds power and anti-resentment. Change is what battles the paralyzing effect of the stark contrast of when we are stern in opposing change. Change is a test of how powerful we can become, that we can adapt and create harmonious circumstances with our nature regardless of political climate is like, and where comfort zone and expediency is commonplace. We remember change when mastered is a boon to daily discipline and alterations is the best test or proof for one’s fortitude and resiliency.

*There is always more than one path, solution, or result that indicates success. We aren’t being so overly attached with things not going our way our way all the time.

*Defeat is a process of success. There is only defeat in the sense these mistakes or miscalculations pave the way to success and truth.

*To be tough means not to dwell on mistakes, mistakes must be corrected because their performance depends on it, the tough believe their actions to grow or adapt for their own self-improvement comes primarily from what they do.

*Fear begets regret, we take risks in order to prove something, we defy control of a system or outside events. The powerlessness that we used to have about the control we have over own lives, is vanquished by accountability and positive thinking. These external systems have no such no influence over our mentality and actions; thus, we defy or buck the trend.

*Just do it. There is a saying that; “every journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step.” So it is with any endeavour, get rid of the mentality that you must do the thing you’ve never attempted perfectly, and just do it for the sake of strength.

*Practice being comfortable with discomfort by reminding yourself of the bigger picture and pushing yourself a little further than you think you can, doing a little more than you think you can and finish what you start. It will give you the confidence and problem-solving capabilities to be able to adapt to whatever environment you come across.

*Prove yourself wrong. Embrace difficulties and make goals that are borderline unachievable to push your boundaries and test your limits. If you believe you can’t do it, try doing it. That test will harden your strength, your concentration and increase your willpower for the next time you for any exercise or mental activity.

*To survive, you need more than mental strength, you need the right goals, those goals should be determined by: “We prepare for success by planning each individual step, holding ourselves accountable, adjust our actions if we aren’t producing the results we need or want and evaluating our actions once we reach our goal.”

*Manage your reactions, this means having a intent and working on it, thinking over your circumstances in advance, you can arrive at other, saner conclusions and respond rather than react. And we should try to produce an outcome rather than point out the problems.

*Scrutinize options. That usually means removing options that don’t isn’t strongly related to your goal. Build habits into your schedule. Keep decisions that bring you joy. Get comfortable with “no”. Utilize “expert friends” to delegate decision making to, follow and learn.

*Practice making decisions regularly, as this will sharpen your decision-making skills and problem solving skills and will also have the added benefit of getting more committed to taking action rather than delaying what must be done. You can also intentionally garner new skills and increase one’s fortitude by trying new things. Imperviousness to adversity – that is, if there was such a thing it would be an action, it’s not something we are born with or without. The more we prepare and practice the better – tougher – we’ll be.

*Find meaning through reflection on what it means to be tough in whatever you are doing. If you know the beliefs that make one empowered instead of at the whims of circumstance, you’ll be able to prepare thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, and begin to pursue a goal and start action that is strengthened by fortitude beliefs.

*Know the wise actions, inside and out, effort and determination and testing everything leads to harder road leads to long-term self-satisfaction and wisdom. Sure, you might not actually do it or put it into a relatable context to others to follow, but at least you’ll know you did things and didn’t ask for permission. We have to own our part in the game, this means we know what’s important when change occurs in the field. If we aren’t well versed on the content of the field’s daily problems and set routines and thus can’t see what context we’re in, then it’s going to be tough to be able to create, sustain, and recreate focus whenever it is wanted.

Mental resilience is the ability to adapt to adverse situations, experiences, and circumstances, and to bounce back after having faced difficult events. This resilience is to be unaffected by powers or authorities one disagrees with in various ways, being unaffected means one has the courage in proving oneself in challenges and difficulties to acknowledge the main problems, as well as our own shortcomings like overestimating your abilities or ignored your limitations if that is at fault and acknowledge and move on to learn from the mistakes, and to be able to grow, adapt and overcome the problems of these circumstances. Thus, resilience can be summarised as the willingness to adapt, the willingness to be flexible and ability to remain unaffected by a externalizing ones power that does not benefit you or that you do not desire.

Mental resilience can be summarised in the following principles:

*Any challenge is an opportunity for personal growth. Believing growth and willpower follows, which builds achievement and resilience.

*Focus on what you can power or influence. If you can’t have power or influence over the situation, then focus on controlling your response to the situation. How does this work, everything is perspective, so how does one go about reframing the situation? We shifted our mindset from negative to positive. We focused on using the time as an opportunity to develop our offering. We re-framed the situation as something we could benefit from, rather than something that would set us back unduly.

*We’re naturally problem solvers, we don’t rely on technology to give us all too easy answers. Thinking power is deterred by answers being thrown our way by those who did not think of them first, but relied on someone else whom did not do the work to figure out if that was useful for one, or if the rest that its packaged with is at all useful or meaningful. So its in our power to make predictions and to estimate consequences. The problem solver relies on his or her internal and external strengths, the tools as his or her disposal.

*Understanding your threats is to you know how to deal with threats, if you’ve imagined them. We often don’t differentiate between what we imagined a threat and that which is a real threat. “Physical threats, bodily harm, injury, or death; Social threats, which put or status, rank, or acceptance at risk; and emotional threats, which put our self-image, esteem, and feelings at risk. Reflect on what’s really happening. Is this real, or imagined? What is at risk – physical, social, or emotional?” And ask “Does it make me scared, or does it make me hurt?”-Seth Haselhuhn

*Visualization is how the Stoics mentally prepared themselves to deal with tumultous events, to deal with distasteful people and situations which helps them center themselves and establish themselves as prominent thinkers of creating values relavant to the present, not regretful of the past or anxious of negative events in the future. As such as we can confirm that the process of visualization has a great effect on training ourselves and other people to navigate problems and obstacles. So in other words, anxiety of future events, you’ll be able to put yourself in the shoes of somebody on the ground in these negative events, and rehearse how to handle the very people you’ll be dealing with and how to respond rather than react with purpose and strength rather than with confusion or caught off guard and showing ones limits or overestimation of ones abilities.

The mental fortitude control element is the following:

*Feel a strong sense of meaning and purpose about your life and work, which aids in you acquiring inner strength and perspective to be able to overcome any setback or situation.

*Know what your values are. This defines the wisdom that helps you keep your emotions and anxiety under your ability to direct or purposefully manage and master, directed when needed to overcome anything. And so, this will help you worry less about what you can’t control and focus on your goals, heavily an extension of your will or values, in a few words, what is in your control.

*Possess a deep self-belief that you can shape and control what your actions are, what your immediate environment is like and surroundings, and influence events and the larger world

The mental fortitude commitment element includes:

*Sharp decisions will increase betterment and empowerment.

*Working through boredom and pain, and often sticking it out through setbacks, failures or multiple distractions until you’ve made it.

*Moving from one step to another by adhering to useful SMART goals regularly is a component of power but its also a show of strength to be decisive.

*Goal-setting can be done by following this principle: “We prepare for success by planning each individual step, holding ourselves accountable, adjust our actions if we aren’t producing the results we need or want and evaluating our actions once we reach our goal.”

*If your goals are too difficult try breaking them down into smaller reasonable chunks that you can get ready fuel from and make regular progress towards, and finishing what you start. That can make something less passionate into chunks that provide just as much fuel for your work.

*Decide that if you will meet resistance on pursuing your goal, you will endure certain costs or price for its completion, this is part of a plan and a plan comes from your passion. Declaring this to yourself is commitment.

Once you have set your goals you have got to do everything you can to achieve them and being able to do so will help build your resilience and your overall mental strength. Are you proud of how you reacted? Is there something you would do differently if you could? Be systematic with your review, so you can learn as much as you can for next time. Always remember that a lot of failure is just a disguise for learning opportunities that paves the way to success.

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