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Being successful requires tenacity. Author, Amy Morin writes that success is all about control. That is, controlling your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. To be successful, you must be mentally strong.

#13- Mentally Healthy People Don’t Engage In Entitlement

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Successful people know that life is unfair, but don’t feel the world owes them. Instead, they acknowledge their flaws, focus on their efforts and accept any criticism along the way. These people don’t feel the world owes them.

#12-Keep Trying

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Mental fortitude is all about bouncing back. The late, Theodor Geisel (i.e., Dr. Seuss) was rejected over 20 times before he found a publisher who would work with him. Failure is a given. Bouncing back requires mental strength.

#11-Mentally Strong People Don’t Keep Making The Same Mistakes

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After making a mistake, these people analyze what they did wrong and make appropriate changes.

#10-Taking Calculated Risks Are A Given

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Weak people often won’t take a chance because of the fear of the unknown. But, the risk is essential to success. To better understand risk, ask yourself these questions.

  • What are the potential gains?
  • Will this help me achieve my overall goal?
  • How will this decision affect me in 5 years?
  • What could be the best results?
  • What are the potential costs?
  • Are there alternatives?
  • How bad is the worst-case scenario; and how would I repair any damage?
  • How can I reduce risk?

#9- Mentally Strong People Don’t Waste Their Time Thinking About Things They Can’t Control

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Accept that there will always be things you can’t control. Shift your focus on what you can control and you’ll reduce Anxiety.

#8-Look Forward To Change

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There are 5 stages of changing. Each stage must be completed to foster growth.

  • Pre-contemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance

Change can be frightening. But, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes. Meanwhile, people are outgrowing you.

#7-Mentally Strong People Don’t Feel Sorry For Themselves

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There is nothing positive about indulging in self-pity. It creates negativity and is hurtful to you and those around you. Instead, feel gratitude. Change can be frightening. But, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes. Meanwhile, people are outgrowing you.

#6-Mentally Strong People Keep Their Power

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Maintain your emotional and physical boundaries. Letting other people control your actions also allows them to control your success and self-worth.

#5-Mentally Strong People Are Not People Pleasers

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Many people judge themselves according to how others judge them. That’s a mistake. Here’s why:

  • It leads to easy manipulation.
  • They don’t realize it’s okay for others to feel angry or disappointed.
  • It’s a waste of time.
  • The reality is that you can’t please everyone.

#4-Don’t Wallow In The Past

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There is a difference between dwelling in the past and remembering the past. The former can be self-destructive, while the latter can help you learn from past lessons.

#3-Mentally Strong People Don’t Begrudge Other People’s Success

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Bitterness is self-destructive and only distracts you from your success. Even when you find success, you’ll never be happy.

#2-Relish Alone Time

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It takes a lot of mental effort to take time out of the tasks of your day and focus on self-improvement. Time spent alone can be both influential and instrumental to your development. Solitude can help you in these ways:

  • Awaken creativity
  • Refresh your mind and body
  • May increase empathy
  • Often increases productivity

#1-Mentally Strong People Develop Realistic Goals

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They realize that success is not achieved overnight. Weak people tend to overestimate their abilities and expect immediate success. Mentally healthy people work relentlessly toward their long-term goals.

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