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5 Mental Habits That Can Make You A Stronger Person

5 Mental Habits That Can Make You A Stronger Person

Thinking. We do it nearly every second of our lives. We cannot help it. It is part of our nature. Our parents and friends often influence our mental habits- and these habits can make or break us.

Are your thoughts enabling you to achieve success, or disabling you? It is probably the most important question that you can ask yourself, but how often do you ask yourself that question?

The worse thing that you can do is succumb to the opinions of others. You can become mentally strong by committing yourself to develop emotional intelligence. So, here are five habits that can make you a mentally strong person:

1. Be Willing To Take Risks

Not everyone is courageous. Taking risks can be quite frightening, whether it is quitting your job for an ideal lifestyle or moving abroad to pursue a lucrative business opportunity.

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In order to be confident in taking risks, you must increase your ability to live with uncertainty. It does not sound comforting. However, if you never take a chance, then you will always remain where you are currently.

It may be scary, but it does not mean that it cannot be exciting. The thrill of taking the risk can be the very thing that helps you to reach the finish line. Many successful people attribute their success to the risks that they took at the beginning of their journey.

2. Embrace Change

Change does not always sit well with us. Some people enjoy their routines and don’t like rocking the boat. I have routines that I enjoy, myself. Although, once we fall in the comfort zone, it may spell the very end of our growth.

Change serves us. It offers us learning opportunities that ultimately expand our awareness.

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Immersing yourself in a different environment can surely do the trick. As an expat, I enjoy a lifestyle that is quite different, and even uncomfortable for some, but it has its benefits.

3. Stay Positive

There are many times when people preach the importance of being positive. Unfortunately, most of these people have trouble maintaining that momentum. Nothing is worse than having a therapist or life coach who is advising you, but fails to apply the same advice to their own life.

Staying positive is extremely important if one expects to become a mentally strong person.

We will always encounter obstacles in our path. For most people, it almost an immediate process to allow their emotions to influence their thoughts and decisions.

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There are always two perspectives with which you can view every experience – a positive one and a negative one. The question is: which perspective will you choose?

4. Focus On What You Can Control

One of our main problems is that we worry too much. We often worry about things that we cannot control. Occasionally, I am guilty of it too. Although, we can all do better when we concentrate on the things that matter most in our lives.

While people may attempt to control other people, it is ultimately a waste of one’s time. You do have control over your life. So, invest your time in focusing on your life rather than worrying about others.

5. Always Remember The Big Picture

Everyone has a different conception of the big picture. It is pertinent for us to keep this in mind, or we will risk losing sight of our direction.

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The big picture serves to remind us of our purpose as we continue our journey to the finish line. It helps to have someone to join us as an accountability partner; it makes reaching the finish line much easier.

Some people may feel alone on their journey, but an inspirational book, movie, or podcast can definitely curb that feeling of loneliness and remind you of the big picture.

Featured photo credit: Ben Kerckx via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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