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Benefits of Mental Toughness to a Person

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Last updated on July 3rd, 2020 at 09:34 am

What are the actual benefits of mental toughness that makes it so important to possess? In this article, you will get to know exactly what those benefits are.

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The idea of gaining mental toughness may seem less important, but not until one gets to know all the benefits that come with it.

Mental strength is one of the best traits anybody can possess to make his or her life a lot easier, satisfying, and positive.

Being mentally strong is the ability to build a strong connection between the brain and the mind, that strikes the force to keep you going as you excel in life.

However, building this connection between the brain and the mind to work in your favor doesn’t come as easy as it seems.

This connection requires some actions on your part so that you will be able to build this mental toughness. More on that later.

Mental toughness connection with the brain

Mental toughness correlates with the brain to actualize the process of establishing mental strength.

The sharper you make your brain, the easier you create this connection.

So, how do you make the brain sharper?

Well, there are many ways you can do that, but some top ways you can make your brain sharper are:

  • Reading great books
  • Being open minded
  • Learning from experience
  • Healthy meditation
  • Engaging in board games e.g chess and puzzles
  • Thinking more positively
  • Engaging in conversation with smart and intelligent people
  • Establishing a great mindset
  • Engaging in certain physical activities

The brain responds to positive thoughts; the thoughts pictured in the head, thereby, creating a connection with the mind.

So, it’s important to make efforts to develop the brain, in order for it to get smarter in responding and connecting with the mind.

Possibilities of positive thinking through mental toughness

Of course, you can think more positively by making efforts to be in control of your words and thoughts.

Luckily, mental toughness also triggers the urge to use more positive thoughts than negative thoughts.

In fact, to some who are used to it, they hardly find themselves thinking negatively or using negative words.

In addition, words affect or change the brain positively or negatively, depending on what is being pictured in the head from every word or thought.

The way it gets pictured in your head is likely to determine what your next move or actions would be.

In any case, weak thoughts and words = weak actions and strong thoughts and words = strong actions.

So yes, thinking positively really works, as long as you give it a shot.

You can see that thinking does affect the brain as well as being good for the health, depending on the words and thoughts accompanied by it.

How to gain mental toughness

Well, luckily, everyone is born with mental toughness. The only difference is that some people develop theirs.

It’s a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows in you.

You may not be aware of using it day by day, but the signs will be there. Even though you can’t see it, others can.

You just have to read those signs, check your attitude and mindset towards life, then you can decide to build it from there.

However, one thing to bear in mind is that it also determines how someone can handle depression.

In that case, only when you can keep up with mental toughness, you’ll be able to fight against life challenges.

When we talk about mental toughness, we’re not referring to any other thing other than the ‘MIND’

Because that’s where everything begins with. It’s from your thoughts you produce your actions.

The 4c’s of mental toughness

Take the 4c’s into considerations when you’re trying to determine your level of mental strength.

However, to make it easier and more understandable, you can become more mentally strong when you utilize the 4c’s very well.

With proper use of the 4c’s, you can get rid of negative thoughts from your mind and even train your mind to be stronger than your emotions.

The 4c’s explanation

Actually, the 4c’s make up the mental toughness. So if you feel your mind is not built, then it means you’re lacking in the 4c’s.

In addition to utilizing the 4c’s, you should also build your commitment ability up to par, resist being pessimistic over things in life, and focus more on things that matter.

Don’t let your emotions control you, instead, let it be the other way round. That way, you will be able to build self-control.

Be prepared for the challenge and don’t let everything to weigh you down.

For a better understanding of how to go about with the mental toughness by utilizing the 4c’s, take a look at the diagram below:

A complete illustration of the 4c’s

So, we just got deep, right? Yeah, deep as it seems, it now calls for us to see the benefits of being mentally strong.

Benefits of being mentally strong and independent

The mental toughness is applicable to various aspects of our life, so these benefits should tell more about it.

Let’s dive in.

1. Aids in achieving success

Success in life doesn’t come easy, and it’s something everyone agrees to be true.

There are huddles you must climb to get to the top. In that case, you’ll need to follow it up with good mental strength.

With mental toughness, you won’t see any reason not to keep going and overcome.

In addition, since success also has to do with how you control your money, you will also stand a better chance of controlling your money.

Because if you can’t control your emotions, you can’t control your money.

You attract success from a positive mindset, and the more confident you get, the more you withstand every life challenge.

Also, you become more committed to what you do, no matter what it is. You’ll also believe that anything can bring you success.

And you’ll be right because anything you put in hard work and determination will surely bring success.

Every day as you run your businesses, go to work, and do the necessary things required to bring you success, it is the mental toughness that will carry you through the huddles along the journey.

While you carry out your normal hustle and work on your goals, it’s still the mental toughness that you will need.

2. Eases life challenges

Everyone goes through life challenges, and sometimes, it just doesn’t get any easier for some people.

Some may fall into depression as a result. But the fact still remains that it’s simply because they lack the mental toughness.

Just like it was stated earlier concerning the 4 c’s, your ability to challenge must get tested, of course.

And because challenge itself is one of the mental toughness attributes, it should be complemented with confidence as well.

Picture it as a challenge of going into the battlefield to come out victorious, no matter how tough it may seem.

But what happens when you go into such battle without the right physical and mental strength?

Yeah, you guessed it right. You’ll get crushed by Goliath (life challenges), your challenger.

In addition, by getting rid of low self-esteem, you give yourself a chance to stand up to the task.

It’s as simple as standing up to a challenge been brought to you rather than running.

By running, you’ve already lost. Whereas not running means standing a chance to win. So, who is going to lose?

That means the absence of mental toughness is simply what will force you to give up and run.

3. Passes to your future offspring

Bear in mind that when you build mental toughness, you don’t just build for yourself alone because your future offspring will also benefit from it.

When you build mental toughness, it becomes a gene that you pass to your future offspring.

Even after you have kids, it becomes a trait in you that your kids will be forced to emulate.

Kids are very good at picking things up from their parents at tender ages and growing up with those things.

So, don’t be surprised when you begin to observe your kids displaying the trait all of a sudden.

Your subconscious mind has been working tirelessly, and their restless body and restless mind have been busy wrapping it.

However, If your kids tend to be slow in emulating the traits, it’s still your duty to lecture them on it.

That’s because it’s a trait you possess, and you can’t give what you don’t have. So it’s all yours par say.

Nevertheless, they will still pick it up from you, irrespective of how fast or slow they emulate it.

When they begin to display the mental toughness, it is impossible not to recognize all the mental strength traits they will display.

4. Excelling in academics

Confidence is always the number one thing to ensure you excel at things you do.

With mental toughness in check, you will be more focused, you will be in control of your emotions, and you will be committed to what you do.

Is there any way a lack of a mixture of all these will make you perform badly in academics? Not likely.

If you trace back to when we looked at how to make your brain sharper, you will observe that a mentally strong person is already doing most of all the needfuls to grow his or her brain.

That’s because it’s impossible to think of mental toughness when the brain is not sharp enough. And to excel in academics, the brain also needs to be sharp combined with the attributes of mental toughness.

Anyone asking how to make a brain sharper is a smart person. Keep watch on how he or she performs academically, you’ll see for yourself.

To add to that, anyone can train the brain to focus by learning to observe the distractions and thinking of strategies to get rid of them.

Also, you can get more focused by getting your priorities right and putting more energy, especially in morning times.

The brain likes open minded people who are willing to learn and try new things often, so it’s not a myth that mentally strong people excel in academics.

Mental toughness puts you on the right spot to utilize those necessary skills to bring you success in academics.

5. Great value to the society

Until you conquer the battle on your mind, you can’t conquer that of the physical on the outside.

With mental strength, you will be able to contribute and add great value to the society when you take charge to lead.

Apart from being able to be a good leader in society, people will sense your mental strength as a leader and value your leadership.

When someone, for example, asks, “how can I be mentally strong and fearless?”, you can bet that person will lead well.

However, by being mentally tough as a leader, you will be able to focus more on the people’s needs first.

Whether you later choose to enhance your mental strength or not, the value you’ve already laid won’t expose any flaw.

Besides, society’s needs are heavy and numerous, and this where mentally strong people come into play.

What you must avoid

Here are the things you need to avoid as you look forward to building mental toughness.

1. Fear

Fear is harmful. So it’s very important to avoid it. That way, you’ll be able to face your challenges.

And if there’s anything you’d love to do, don’t hesitate to do it.

2. Low self-esteem

Low self-esteem limits the chances of building your confidence.

Be confident in your worth in such a way that you can support yourself even when no one does.

3. Insecurity

The situation involved shouldn’t matter, rather, your willingness to get over it.

Being insecure about anything only decreases the way you value yourself. As a result, it ends up decreasing your confidence.

4. Lack of control

Self-control should not be neglected. It should be one of the best weapons in your arsenal.

The absence of self-control steals focus and damages progress in life.

Wrap up

Mental toughness is a great trait anybody should possess, no matter the age or gender.

It has a lot to do with how it correlates with the brain to work effectively. That means you have to develop your brain through some practical means.

The mental toughness also has the capacity to ignite and boost the power of positive thinking.

To build it, you need to let your ‘mind‘ work for you. You also need to utilize the 4c’s (confidence, control, commitment, challenge)

As you carry out all the right steps and getting mental toughness working, there is absolutely no way you won’t see its benefits.

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