WARNING! Reading this may change your life!
I read an article recently by Ivan Stefanov regarding tips to make you mentally stronger and thought that I would share the findings with you. There are 7 genuine ways to become mentally stronger. All of them I have tested in my life and so confirm their power. To a different extent, every single tip has boosted my mental strength.
Here we go:
1. Face your fears
I have talked about this before so there is a reason I have listed this as number one. This has been my all-time philosophy in life. Although it may seem simple – it’s not, it’s fucking gruelling. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and confront your fears. But it’s totally worth it. Almost every positive change I have attracted in my life I owe to fighting my fears. It doesn’t even matter if you slay your fear right away. What matters is having the guts to try at it.
2. Take cold showers.
Did you know cold showers bring numerous benefits to your body? They give you energy, stabilize blood pressure, speed post-workout recovery, boost the immune system, help with depression, help with weight loss and also combat stress.
But apart from that their best benefit is letting you test your will. Every single day you pour that cold water over your body your comfort evaporates and you mentality grows stronger as well as your body.
3. Go fall in love and let your heart be broken.
This one is a little bit odd. You don’t exactly go and fall in love whenever you want. Love is not a beer or a glass of wine that you drink at the pub. What I mean is whenever it comes, don’t hesitate, jump and fall for your partner as hard as you can. When you part ways it will hurt like hell but once you get over it you will be MUCH stronger.
4. Get out of your comfort zone (do something crazy)
I am not a psychologist. I’m not sure if my advice is scientifically backed up but it is definitely effective. Now when I see or do something crazy, don’t rob a grocery store or a bank, neither sell drugs. Instead, go and engage in an awkward conversation with someone on the street. If that is too much for you, start small. Try a new sport, taste some new food or go to a social event. The result of all these activities will leave your mentality strengthened and fresh.
Although meditation sits at number 5 in the list, it’s not less powerful than any of the other suggestions. In fact, it may be the best exercise for mental toughness. The main benefit of meditation, you probably already know – it makes you calmer. This may not seem like a big thing but it is actually the cornerstone of mental strength. A man/woman who is peaceful is also more focused, productive, vital, pleasurable for others, social and confident. If you don’t believe me try it out for yourself.
6. Learn about the art of stoicism.
I know that some of you are not a fervent fan of using books and philosophies when it comes to making a big change in life. Action is way more powerful. However, finding out about stoicism has really boosted my mentality. So let me give you the main lessons:
- You have power over your mind – not outside events. Don’t focus on the things beyond your control.
- Live every day as if it were your last. You never know when the moment of death will come.
- Food should not be a source of pleasure
- Failure is natural; regret is foolish
- Don’t waste your time on gossip, political problems, other people or anything that is neither in your control nor in your business.
7. Accept yourself
This one is surely the toughest to achieve. Most people live their whole life in resistance to their true self. They fight with the thoughts, actions, beliefs and failures they project and this creates a lot of unhappiness. Don’t be that person, accept all that comes out of you and be peaceful about it. Your ego will always try to create some kind of problem, no matter how perfect your life is. This may be in the form of an affirmation: “I’m not good enough!” “I am not pretty, smart, rich enough!” There is always that distance your mind creates between you and happiness. The only way to remove it is by embracing it all and giving yourself 100% pure love without any judgment. That’s the only road to real happiness and mental strength.
So there you go, tips to make you mentally stronger. I hope you found that of interest and helpful I know I did. My next post is going to be a bit more light-hearted and involves my trusty canine sidekick… the one and only Harvey Houdini.
Catch you soon