Updated: May 5
In this post we lok at another four areas that mentally strong people do - taking calulated risks, investing energy in the present, taking responsibility for past behaviour and celebrating the success of others. In my last post we looked at 'Embrace Change, Stay Happy, Be Kind'
Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action. They ask a lot of questions like - Will this help me achieve my goal? What are the other alternatives? How good would it be if the best-case scenario came true? What is the worst thing that could happen, and how could I reduce the risk it will occur? How bad would it be if the worst-case scenario did come true? How much will this decision matter in five years?
Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it because the past can't be changed.
The only good thing about reflecting on the past is the opportunity to learn what went wrong from a factual, not emotional point of view, with the purpose of identifying what you can do differently moving forward.
“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” ~ John Dewey
Mentally strong people accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. As a result, they don’t keep repeating those mistakes over and over. Instead, they make better decisions in the future.
Remember this quote attrubuted to Albert Einstein "Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results"
Mentally strong people can appreciate and celebrate other people’s success in life. They don’t grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they stay focused and they recognise that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success.
“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” ~ Les Smith