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7 Reasons Training Your Mental Strength Is Essential For Your Success

7 Reasons Training Your Mental Strength Is Essential For Your Success

When we look at successful people, we tend to ask ourselves how they’ve accomplished it and what their secret for success is. We might think it’s because of their talents, abilities, and knowledge, but there is something much more important: mental strength. Mental strength gives you power to work hard and always move forward because you know how to deal with difficult situations and overcome them. We all possess mental strength, just to different degrees. If you train yourself to be more mentally tough you will be able to reach your goals and become successful.

1. Mental strength can help you filter out unhelpful comments and advice.

Caring what other people think and their opinions and advice can have a great influence on our actions, causing us lose our own identity trying to please others. If you are mentally strong you will be able to focus completely on your goal and stick to your values without paying attention to negative and unhelpful comments.

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2. Mental strength can help you bounce back from failure.

It’s inevitable to face failures in our lives, but how we deal with them shows how mentally strong we are. Whereas some people would just give up after facing a failure, people who are mentally strong see it as a valuable lesson on the road to success and quickly bounce back.

3. Mental strength can help you regulate emotions.

On every journey to success we experience many emotions and if we don’t learn how to regulate them they will influence our decisions and lead us towards the wrong path. By building mental strength you can control your emotions and not let them take over your decisions.

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4. Mental strength can provide courage for you to face your fears.

We don’t like to find ourselves in unfamiliar situations that are out of our comfort zone, but being mentally strong enables you to be confident enough to endure the discomfort and face your fears. Only by constantly challenging yourself and facing your fears will you be able to make progress towards success.

5. Mental strength can keep your self-worth high.

Whatever goal you are trying to reach, at some point during the journey you will likely start to question yourself and start doubting whether you are good enough or capable enough to achieve something. Mentally strong people know how much they are worth, and when they come across such situations, they are confident enough to tune out the voice of doubt and keep going with high self-esteem.

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6. Mental strength can keep you motivated.

When you are motivated everything goes more smoothly, but what happens when you hit a bump and your motivation goes down? What do you do when you lose sight of the reason that you are doing something and want to drop everything? That’s when mental strength serves you well. It helps you to push on, even when you think you have no strength to do so. It helps you find that strength within yourself and makes you remember what your goal is.

7. Mental strength can help you learn from your mistakes.

When we make a mistake, many of us try to find an excuse to justify our actions to escape the feeling of guilt, and it is wrong to do this.  If we justify our mistakes to lessen our guilt, it sets us on the path of repeating them. Mental strength gives you the ability to acknowledge that you are responsible for your mistakes. Admitting to yourself that you were wrong will help you avoid making the same mistake in the future, which is a valuable lesson that will help you grow.

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Last Updated on June 6, 2019

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sought to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.”

Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for VisitFinland.com said: “We decided, instead of saying that it’s really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing”.

Finland may be on to something very big. You could be seeing the very beginnings of using silence as a selling point as silence may be becoming more and more attractive. As the world around becomes increasingly loud and cluttered you may find yourself seeking out the reprieve that silent places and silence have to offer. This may be a wise move as studies are showing that silence is much more important to your brains than you might think.

Regenerated brain cells may be just a matter of silence.

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     A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Function used differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice.[1] The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.

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    The growth of new cells in the brain does not necessarily translate to tangible health benefits. However, in this instance, researcher Imke Kirste says that the cells appeared to become functioning neurons.

    “We saw that silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system.”

    In this sense silence can quite literally grow your brain.

    The brain is actively internalizing and evaluating information during silence

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      A 2001 study defined a “default mode” of brain function that showed that even when the brain was “resting” it was perpetually active internalizing and evaluating information.

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      Follow-up research found that the default mode is also used during the process of self-reflection. In 2013, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Joseph Moran et al. wrote, the brain’s default mode network “is observed most closely during the psychological task of reflecting on one’s personalities and characteristics (self-reflection), rather than during self-recognition, thinking of the self-concept, or thinking about self-esteem, for example.

      “When the brain rests it is able to integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace,” said Moran and colleagues.

      When you are not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks, there appears to be a quiet time that allows your conscious workspace to process things. During these periods of silence, your brain has the freedom it needs to discover its place in your internal and external world.

      The default mode helps you think about profound things in an imaginative way.

      As Herman Melville once wrote,[2]

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      “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”

      Silence relieves stress and tension.

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        It has been found that noise can have a pronounced physical effect on our brains resulting in elevated levels of stress hormones. The sound waves reach the brain as electrical signals via the ear. The body reacts to these signals even if it is sleeping. It is thought that the amygdalae (located in the temporal lobes of the brain) which is associated with memory formation and emotion is activated and this causes a release of stress hormones. If you live in a consistently noisy environment that you are likely to experience chronically elevated levels of stress hormones.

        A study that was published in 2002 in Psychological Science (Vol. 13, No. 9) examined the effects that the relocation of Munich’s airport had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, a professor of human ecology at Cornell University notes that children who are exposed to noise develop a stress response that causes them to ignore the noise. What is of interest is that these children not only ignored harmful stimuli they also ignored stimuli that they should be paying attention to such as speech. 

        “This study is among the strongest, probably the most definitive proof that noise – even at levels that do not produce any hearing damage – causes stress and is harmful to humans,” Evans says.[3]

        Silence seems to have the opposite effect of the brain to noise. While noise may cause stress and tension silence releases tension in the brain and body. A study published in the journal Heart discovered that two minutes of silence can prove to be even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. They based these findings of changes they noticed in blood pressure and blood circulation in the brain.[4]

        Silence replenishes our cognitive resources.

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          The effect that noise pollution can have on cognitive task performance has been extensively studied. It has been found that noise harms task performance at work and school. It can also be the cause of decreased motivation and an increase in error making.  The cognitive functions most strongly affected by noise are reading attention, memory and problem solving.

          Studies have also concluded that children exposed to households or classrooms near airplane flight paths, railways or highways have lower reading scores and are slower in their development of cognitive and language skills.

          But it is not all bad news. It is possible for the brain to restore its finite cognitive resources. According to the attention restoration theory when you are in an environment with lower levels of sensory input the brain can ‘recover’ some of its cognitive abilities. In silence the brain is able to let down its sensory guard and restore some of what has been ‘lost’ through excess noise.[5]

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          Summation

          Traveling to Finland may just well be on your list of things to do. There you may find the silence you need to help your brain. Or, if Finland is a bit out of reach for now, you could simply take a quiet walk in a peaceful place in your neighborhood. This might prove to do you and your brain a world of good.

          Featured photo credit: Angelina Litvin via unsplash.com

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