The secret to becoming mentally strong

Courtney Ley

This week I watched a video.

In this video the speaker asked a question to the audience. I liked this so much I wanted to pose the same question to you.

“What bad mental habits are holding you back?”

“While unhealthy beliefs are keeping you from being as strong as you could be. And what’s one small step you could take today, right now?”

I thought this is very interesting.

It got me thinking and I’m hoping it will do the same for you.

We all have mental bad habits, just like we all have physical ones.

Mental bad habits can be things like -

Comparing yourself to others

Thinking the world is against you

Resenting someone’s success

Putting yourself down

the list could go on…

Mental strength is a lot like physical strength.

It's important to pay attention to these weaknesses, otherwise in the end it will not matter how strong or fit you get; it will never be enough and you will never be happy.

Just like working out in the gym, it starts with one small change. Find what you think is a bad mental habit and focus on just that one. You will often find that it will take time, but once you get that first one of the way – the others become easier and easier.

Now I’m not talking about ‘easier’ as in its easier to do. No! I’m talking about ‘easier’ as in you get better at it.

Confidence is what we're aiming for. Confidence in your ability to be able to deal with discomfort. Certain emotions are uncomfortable…Sad, frustrated, angry, upset. Learning to feel these emotions and deal with them, instead of defaulting to – comparing yourself to others, or feeling the world is against you etc. 

This is what becoming mentally strong is all about. Where you learn to feel emotion and deal with it in a healthy way.

What’s the other option? 

Often our bad mental habits promote stress. And stress is something we want to avoid, especially if you are trying to lose weight!

Did you know that the hormone released in to the body when we're stressed, works against weight loss?

Yes – it makes it harder and even holds you back. And what I was reminded of this week is, frustration, anger and annoyance are pretty much the same thing as stress.

So comparing yourself to others. Resenting the girl on Facebook who has lost more weight than you. Having a pity party because it's just not happening fast enough.

These are all thing; no matter how often you feel them, which will hold you back!

So, this week I want you to think about the question. Think about what bad mental habit is holding you back right now. And think about what you can start doing to address just one of these habits.


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