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6 Unconventional and Easy Ways to Help You Become Mentally Stronger

6 Unconventional and Easy Ways to Help You Become Mentally Stronger

Remember the last time you went to pieces? Wasn’t fun picking those up, was it? That time, on the road to recovery, you had promised yourself that you would do everything in your power to make yourself mentally stronger. If somehow your promise fell through, or all the things you tried didn’t make an iota of a difference, never fear.

Here are six easy-to-do tips and tricks to help you become a man (or woman) of steel – at least mentally that is.

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1. Break it down

When faced with a “big” challenge, we tend to hide under the covers and visit our version of sweater town. Procrastinating will not make that challenge disappear – be it losing weight, getting a job, or becoming mentally stronger! What we need to do is break down that challenge into smaller, doable steps, and list them down in a logical order of doing.

2. Center yourself, now

In times of great stress, it helps to be mentally stronger and be Zen. This is why the yogis of yore meditated and were even able to win over basic human needs like hunger, thirst, or the need for shelter. Use a stress ball, breathe in and out, hop on one leg in private, even – do whatever it takes to center yourself and stiffen the backbone. Don’t be part of the problem, be the solution instead. Use the 4x4x4 breathing technique used by the Navy seals, the toughest bunch there ever is – breathe in for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds and do this for 4 minutes.

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Better? Now get to work.

3. The silver lining

Clichéd? Sure. But so very true. When something bad happens to us, we over analyze it by asking, “why me?” We wonder what we ever did so wrong that something this bad, this unforeseen, and this challenging could happen to us. Be kind, rewind. Instead of looking at it as something bad, look at it as an obstacle that you simply have to cross. Instead of viewing it as a hurdle, turn it into a milestone. Basically, take a flashlight if you have to, and go look for that silver lining!

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4. Count those blessings

On the days life knocks you on your back, pick up a journal and jot down three things that you feel grateful for. It could be something as deep as being alive, or something as basic (but cheery) as hot coffee on a cold day. It’s human to take comfort in what you have, so be thankful for it – not fearfully, but fearlessly.

Do this every day. Seriously, just write or type it down – make an excel sheet if you are more computer inclined. The power of those things that you may have been taking for granted will make you mentally stronger, one day at a time.

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5. Taste your success

Visualize your completed product and eventual success to be mentally stronger. Different from just gadabout daydreaming, visualizing the successful completion of your goal in vivid Technicolor puts you in a charged and positive state of mind. It gives you a much-needed boost that makes you achieve those very dreams you thought were impossible to begin with. Instead of imagining the dastardly consequences of you not making it, visualize the wonderful fringe benefits of you being a winner! You’ll be surprised to see how much the mind can achieve, once it visualizes that achievement.

6. Surround yourself with positivity

Behind every successful person stands a group of positive people. To be mentally stronger, to be goal-oriented, you need people with positive thoughts who egg you on in a good way. Drop that end-is-nigh friend like a hot potato; you may need realists around you, but you don’t need pessimists who’ll knock that glass down just to be able to call it half empty!

So there you have six doable things that will make you mentally stronger and ready to take on the world, any time, any place. More power to you.

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7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

4. What are my goals in life?

Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

6. What do I not like to do?

An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

“What do I want to do with my life?”

So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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