Mental Strength is the ability of an individual to effectively deal with challenges, pressure, and stressors to present their best performance regardless of the circumstances.
There is good news: you can become a mental champion and there is no big secret to developing healthy practices to make you a long-term success. Professional athletes, Formula 1 drivers, and even Navy Seals use techniques to strengthen their minds.
In yoga, we use a term called Drishti. Drishti translates roughly as ‘direction of sight’. Where we are looking is important. Where we place our focus is the direction we will follow.
It is good to have goals and regardless of the size. During the Navy Seal training, the individuals are advised to set small goals and achieve them step by step. A small goal for the day. E.g. Today I read a chapter of my book. If you set a small goal and achieve it in one day you get the payoff.
Gratitude is vital for the development of mental strength. Start the day with gratitude for three things. Keep it simple; I am grateful that I woke up in a comfortable bed. I am grateful that I have a phone I can check. I am grateful that it is raining. It can be anything. Practice your gratitude. It can be the same three things repeated daily. What starts to happen is we get an attitude of gratitude.
In the longer term, there are grander strategies for developing resilience and greater mental strength.
If you think you don’t have enough time in the day take a look at how you are using your time. Are you busy being busy? Do you really need to be watching another episode or could you head on off to bed and get up a little earlier and give yourself more time? Take time and Make time. It’s something we never get back. Time. Use it well.
Once you have found the time take time to breathe. Meditation is a key factor in building mental strength. There are plenty of techniques to draw upon to come to a good place with your meditation practice. Sitting still and listening to what’s going on around you has positive benefits for the mind-body.
Learn more about building mental strength with TruBe Wellness coach, Seamus Casey. It is Seamus’ personal experiences that inspired this week’s blog, following 20 years dedicated to Iyengar Yoga and 200 hours training with Yoga Alliance Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sheamus offers one-to-one sessions through TruBe, TruBe sessions are built around you and your goals, in a space that you feel most comfortable. Click here to find out more about how you can get started.