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15 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Believe

15 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Believe

There are so many misconceptions and downright lies that most people accept wholeheartedly, while those who are truly happy with their lives know to avoid them. To be like them, check out this list of 15 things that mentally strong people don’t believe.

1. They don’t believe in the pass-fail model.

Mentally strong people don’t believe in the big red F. Every experience, even the one that didn’t go well, is something you can learn from. If you consider things that you have done in your life as simple failures, then you need to start thinking more complexly. Mentally strong people understand this, so should you.

2. They don’t believe that failure is inevitable.

Even the most disastrous circumstances can turn around, if you have the right attitude. Mentally strong people don’t believe that there is a point where you should give up, so you shouldn’t believe it either. As long as there is will there is hope, so keep pushing forward even when the odds are stacked against you.

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3. They don’t believe life is meaningless.

If mentally strong people couldn’t believe that there is a purpose to the world, they would never have become mentally strong.

4. They don’t believe things will always go the way you expect.

If you’re a pessimist, you should stop expecting storms. If you’re an optimist, you should stop assuming there will never be clouds in the sky. Always be prepared for the inevitability that our days can be very unexpected, either for good or for ill.

5. They don’t believe that there is no hope.

Mentally strong people don’t believe that there’s a dark place that you can’t crawl back from. Your hope for the future is very much in your control, so own your fears and push past them.

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6. They don’t believe that miracles don’t exist.

Unlike the overly negative, mentally strong people don’t believe that the miraculous is impossible. That doesn’t mean they believe in a higher power, per se, but they are convinced that truly great things can happen to you if you don’t let negativity get in the way.

7. They don’t believe they have to do everything perfectly.

Perfection is a myth. The circle is one of the most beautiful constructs in the world, and still it has an infinite number of decimal points. Learn to round to 3.14 in certain aspects of your life so that you don’t become obsessed with the idea of perfection.

8. They don’t believe in waiting too long for the right moment.

The right moment is when you take action, so why wait? When the opportunity is there, seize it and don’t look back.

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9. They don’t believe their past inhibits their future.

Mentally strong people don’t believe in the restraints of the past that prevent future success. Everything can be overcome, with energy and time.

10. They don’t believe they die alone.

Too many think that, no matter how many friends they have in life, everyone dies alone. Mentally strong people don’t believe that lie, understanding that the relationships you cultivate are always with you even if no one is sitting by your deathbed.

11. They don’t believe cruelty is necessary.

Mentally strong people don’t believe that you have to be mean to see results. Drill sergeants can make their cadets run a hundred laps, but positive encouragement is what will mold them into better individuals.

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12. They don’t believe they have learned all there is to learn.

Some would say they know everything they need to. Others know better. Mentally strong people don’t believe that there is ever a point where we stop learning. The world continues to change around us, so our education should be never-ending.

13. They don’t believe that they need a substance to feel better.

Many are stuck in a rut where they need something to make them feel better, whether it be drugs, alcohol, food or something else. Mentally strong people don’t believe that you can never break free of that dependence.

14. They don’t believe in weakness.

Mentally strong people are better off than most when it comes to well-being, but they don’t consider others weak for not being as happy as they are. Everyone is dealt different circumstances, and it’s a tougher road to good mental health for some than others. The mentally strong understand that fact.

15. They don’t believe change is impossible.

A lot of people refuse to accept the idea that people can change, but mentally strong people don’t believe someone can’t grow to be better. If they did, they would have never gotten to the great place they’re at today.

Featured photo credit: Happiness/Moyan Brenn via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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