Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an Olympic
Athlete, compete in the Ironman contest, or win a Grand Slam tennis match when
you’re nearly at the brink of defeat? If you ask coaches and athletes, they
will almost unanimously mention that mental toughness gave them the edge.
Mental toughness is the ability to maintain focus and determination to stay on a
course of action regardless of the difficulties.
Entrepreneurs are often confronted with tough situations, leading
you to feel like quitting. Just like athletes who are preparing for the next
competition, entrepreneurs must train and condition their mental toughness if
they want to last and succeed in the game of life. Here are five techniques you
can use to strengthen your mental toughness
Be Positive – There is a lot of chit-chat going through our
minds, and it is common for negative thoughts to seep into our mind. You should
focus only on positive thoughts, which then leads you to feeling good. Take
time to consider why you’re running your own business in the first place. An easy way to stay positive is to
create an affirmation statement that gets you pumped up. For example, you
affirmation statement can be, “I want to earn $X amount in residual income by
Dec 31.” If you have a powerful reason why, you can get through anything.
Anytime you catch yourself slacking off, losing motivation, or feel like
quitting, repeat your affirmation statement until you start feeling good.
Talk to Yourself – If you don’t have a mentor or coach
available that you can speak to right away, the next best thing is to talk to
yourself. You can say, “I know this is tough, but I’m going to give it my all,”
and then repeat your affirmation statement. Following from the first technique,
talk only about positive thoughts. If you do it enough times, you can motivate
yourself without have a coach or mentor present.
Visualization – Take some time to imagine the type of person
you want to become and the future you want. Imagine what your perfect day will
be like. For example, you can visualize receiving $x amount in commission
checks each week. You can picture yourself having that dream vacation, or
having that extra time spending with family and friends. Once you visualize it,
start to imagine what it would feel like when you have that vision crystal
clear. Make sure you have this playing like a movie in your mind.
Meditation – Meditation has been used throughout the
centuries, across different cultures, to reduce stress, enhance mental clarity,
or even induce relaxation. Focus on clearing your mind, and begin to prepare
yourself mentally for the work and challenges ahead of you that will lead to
making your Why or affirmation statement come true.
Get Uncomfortable – The only way you can grow is to step
outside of your comfort zone. If you’re afraid of picking up the phone, then
start small and make 1 or 2 phone calls a day. If you still feel afraid, follow
one of the four techniques mentioned above to stimulate your motivation. Once
you are comfortable with that first or second call, then increase the number of
calls by one or two, until picking up the phone feels natural to you.
Good luck! A strong mind is the key to becoming a successful
Five Techniques to Strengthen Your Mental Toughness
I am the Founder and CEO of KDL Interactive LLC, a Las Vegas based online marketing consulting company. As a Social Media Strategist, my expertise lies in helping small businesses build their online presence and generate leads and customers through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Blogging. My blog, krisdeleon.com, is geared to help entrepreneurs and business owners overcome their challenges and achieve success.
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I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and have a strong passion for adventure travel and learning new cultures. I speak business-level Japanese after living over 5 years in Japan, and I am also a certified Scuba Diving Assistant Instructor with PADI.
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