Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness – Will You Start What You ‘Finnish’?

The Finnish people define their strength and determination as ‘Sisu’.  It’s the quality of having perseverance and the ability not to give up what you’ve started however hard life might get.  As we’re so often told, nothing worth having ever came easy and the same applies to making changes in your own life.

So, are you already dreading the return to work after the weekend?  Does the thought of it make you want to crawl under the duvet?  Well, you’re not alone but you have to be mentally prepared to make the change and to put some effort into making a successful change.  As Einstein is credited to have said:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

We’re all guilty of having the Lottery mentality and hoping things will get better ‘tomorrow’.  But, tomorrow never comes and if you’re not careful, we can slip into the old habits that mean absolutely nothing ever really changes.

Mental Toughness – Why do you get up in the morning?

In Okinawa [a Japanese island], there is no word for retirement, just one word that covers everything: Ikigai.  In other words, it’s your sense of purpose or the reason why you get up in the morning.  We are all so used to being told that life is divided into certain sections: going through the education system, getting a job and then retiring.  But, who says it has to be like that?

Does the thought of feeling energised, happy and passionate about what you do every morning really appeal to you?  Believe it or not, it is possible but effort is required; there is no real ‘get rich quick’ despite some of the promises made on the internet.  What does get you results is hard work to set up a system that will work for you over and over again in the future.  This means that once the hard work is done you can be earning even when you’re asleep, on the beach or enjoying your favorite hobby.

Mental Toughness – You have to decide to change

Make a decision to achieve just one thing this year and that’s freedom.  Because, once you have that, you can live your life on your terms: mentally, physically and financially.  Imagine being able to take holidays when you want and being there for your children when they walk out of the school gates or are unwell.  Imagine being free to work your schedule around ageing parents without the worry of having to inform an employer that your family is your number one priority.

But, like I said at the beginning of this blog, you need to have the Finnish quality of ‘Sisu’.  The journey will be hard but you have to keep on going without any thoughts of giving up.  Because, once you get to the other side, you’ll be amazed by what’s possible  As Thomas Edison once said:

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Never give up, it’s as simple as that.

Life Hack Tip of the Day: Mental Toughness = Think the right way and ditch the excuses

Here is a list of things that entrepreneurs all have in common in terms of their own mental toughness: –

  1. They do not engage in ‘pity parties’.  If something goes wrong, they learn from it and move on.
  2. They don’t allow external influences to make them feel bad e.g. a hater on their blog or email list.
  3. They know that they cannot control everything but they can control their own reaction to when something happens like a traffic jam or a business deal goes wrong.
  4. They know it isn’t possible to please everyone.  Entrepreneurs understand that the people who resonate with you will stick with you.  Let everyone else go for their own benefit and yours.
  5. They take calculated risks.  Mental strength gives you the ability to weigh up all the pros and cons effectively.
  6. They do not dwell on the past.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing but entrepreneurs live in the present with an eye for the future.
  7. They learn from mistakes and see them as an opportunity to grow not give up.
  8. They do not resent the success of others.  They are genuinely happy to see others become successful and they use it as an opportunity to learn from those successes too.
  9. They embrace change and are always willing to move outside of their comfort zone.
  10. They don’t expect immediate results.  In a world of instant gratification this can be tough.  If we want an answer, Google it.  If we want to watch TV, we have ‘on demand’ services, if we want to eat fast we call for take-out etc.  Entrepreneurs know that we have to build solid foundations and it takes mental toughness to see that through to the end.

The best tip of all is for you to practise getting good at these character traits as it is possible to re-wire your brain so that you think and act like an entrepreneur.  Change really comes from within and if you’re reading this blog I know that’s what you want.

I wish you every success for your digital future!

Rachel A Hill LLB [Hons]

Digital Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Private Tutor and Author


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