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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 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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