Colonel PK “Royal” Mehrishi ( Retd)
- Ever wondered about the difference between a doer & a quitter ? An athlete, a good leader, a great parent?? Why do some people accomplish their goals & others can’t??? Usually we give credit to talent. Smarter, sharper, faster are the adjectives used to describe or compare a person. There is more to the story than talent alone. In fact, when you start looking into it, your talent and your intelligence don’t play nearly as big of a role as you might think. Research studies have found that intelligence only accounts for 30% of your achievement and that’s at the extreme upper end.
- What makes a bigger impact than talent & intelligence is mental toughness ( grit ) Research is starting to reveal that your mental toughness or “grit” as they call it, plays a more important role than anything else for achieving your goals in health, business, and life. That’s good news because you can’t do much about the genes you were born with, but you can do a lot to develop mental toughness.
Developing Mental Toughness
- Given below are a few points to develop mental toughness :-
- Be consistent in your approach, do not waver or change horses midstream, once you have decided on a well thought out course of action stick to it.
- Going one month without missing a workout.
- Going one week without eating processed or packaged food.
- Delivering your work ahead of schedule for two days in a row.
- Meditating every morning this week.
- Grinding out one extra rep on each set at the gym today.
- Calling one friend to catch up every Saturday this month.
- Spending one hour doing something creative every evening this week.
- Mental toughness is like a muscle. It needs to be worked to grow and develop. If you haven’t pushed yourself in thousands of small ways, of course you’ll wilt when things get really difficult.
- Mental toughness is built through small wins. It’s the individual choices that we make on a daily basis that build our “mental toughness muscle.” We all want to be mentally tough.
- Mental toughness isn’t about getting an incredible dose of inspiration or courage. It’s about building the daily habits that allow you to stick to a schedule and overcome challenges and distractions over and over and over again, its about habit, period.
5 Steps to a New You
4. Given below are 5 steps to change & become a mentally tougher person (James Clear) :-
- Start by building your identity.
- Focus on small behaviors, not life–changing transformations.
- Develop a routine that gets you going regardless of how motivated you feel.
- Stick to the schedule and forget about the results.
- When you slip up, get back on track as quickly as possible.
- No matter what strategies we discuss, no matter what goals we set our sights on, no matter what vision we have for ourselves and the people around us, none of it can become a reality without mental toughness, perseverance, and grit. When things get tough for most people, they find something easier to work on. When things get difficult for mentally tough people, they find a way to stay on schedule. There will always be extreme moments that require incredible bouts of courage, resilience, and grit but for 95% of the circumstances in life, toughness simply comes down to being more consistent than most people.