3 Techniques to Improve Mental Strength

Our mind is a powerful tool that determines how we live our lives. Too often we allow our thoughts to overrun us, capturing us in suspicion and fear, which leads us in a downward spiral of negative thinking. Negative thought patterns directly affect what we see and feel in our lives. Once we become consciously aware of our mindset and how it governs our world, we can take steps to create a more progressive state of mind- one that helps us rather than hinders us. Our mind is a muscle; we need difficulty and tough times in order to exercise it. What we decide to absorb from those trials and tribulations is completely up to us.

The fact remains, our life lessons will continue to repeat until we reach a level of mental and emotional maturity and resiliency to learn and elevate beyond our external challenges. Here are 3 mind hacks to help you improve your mental strength.

1. Filter and sift through your thoughts

We don’t need to believe everything we think. What we focus on is what we get; if we continue to focus on the seemingly bad stuff we will only invite more negative thinking into our lives. We can accept that we will always have external negativity to contend with, but when we create that thinking we suffer even more. Mentally strong people consciously supervise and refine their thinking and ask themselves questions in order to uncover the truth. When we turn on the light of awareness, we can discern what we choose to believe.

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

2. Realize your power for change

The touch of anything external should not be permitted to detract from the power of what lays within. We weaken our inner processes of intuition, wisdom, and higher thinking when we live our lives from the outside in, rather than inside to out. If we constantly allow our tough times to control us then we will fall short in all our resulting actions. Our desired outcome is born through a lucid window of mental and emotional cognizance, and believing in our own intrinsic strength. We can defensively react or we can smartly respond- the choice is always ours. Our inner power for change is something that we continually build upon. We grow stronger, not weaker by extrinsic factors. Being mentally tough means embracing every challenge and hardship as an opportunity for growth, transformation, and heightened intelligence.

“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength” - Marcus Aurelius

3. Keep an open mind

We build up mental barriers as a form of protection and inadvertently close our minds off from possibility. When we shut down our powers of mental perception, we lose our propensity to problem solve and seek out creative solutions. The problem is never the problem- it's how we view it. When we look beyond the obstacle we can determine a way to move past it. An open mind allows for expansive thinking and a greater connection to your heart-space and intuitive intelligence. We find inspired solutions through unbinding ourselves from our own perceived or self created mental boundaries. Creativity needs the freedom of an open heart and mind.

“Truth is, I'll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour” - Tom Hanks

Our mental health suffers when we allow our thoughts to spiral out of our control. Raising our consciousness and self awareness enables our mental strength to kick in and develop a way of life that we strive to get the most experience, growth and endurance from. We can’t choose our challenges, but we can choose how we deal with them.

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