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Self Defense Tip: Building mental Toughness

Updated: Dec 17, 2023

What is mental toughness?

Ever wondered what mental toughness is all about? It's about strengthening your mind. Mental toughness means facing challenges head-on, navigating tricky situations with minimal stress, and keeping your cool. Imagine being in a fight, the more mental toughness you've got, the easier you can defend yourself. But it's not just for physical situations; it's your ticket to handling all of life's curveballs.

Why Should You Amp Up Your Mental Toughness?

Being mentally tough is not only crucial for fighters and athletes, it's also for anyone who wants to handle situations in a way that serves them and positively impacts those around them.

Picture this: Someone storms into your office with a problem, and you lose your cool. Now, you're not just stressed; you've also got a relationship problem on your hands. Keep this up, and soon people won't want to work with you. And there's more to it – mental toughness isn't just about dealing with the external world. It protects you from self-destructive behaviors due to your inability to handle your emotions.

How Do You Build Mental Toughness?

Building mental toughness isn't rocket science; it's about making simple but not-so-easy choices. Here are some tips to get you started, along with some wisdom on mental toughness:

  • Rise and Shine: Wake up early, either to exercise or learn something new.

  • Chill Out: Take cold showers. It might sound crazy, but it toughens you up mentally and physically.

  • Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Head to a new place, meet new people. Comfort zones are cozy, but growth happens outside of them.

  • Do the Unwanted: Force yourself to do things you'd rather not, like starting a new exercise program. Growth is rarely comfortable.

  • Baby Steps to Success: Achieve your big goals with small, consistent activities. Rome wasn't built in a day, but it was built.

  • Silence is Golden: Workout without music. It's like a mental obstacle course – no distractions, just you and the challenge.

  • Gratitude Over Grumbling: Instead of complaining, practice gratitude when things get tough. It shifts your focus and strengthens your mental game.

  • Own Up to Mistakes: Admit your blunders without justifying them. It's tough to do, but it's the path to growth.

  • Brutal Honesty: Be brutally honest with yourself about every problem in your life. Spoiler: you've probably created more of them than you think (we all have).

These tips are a good starting point for building mental toughness. They will give you the edge needed to thrive when you're trying to navigate the chaos of life. So, gear up and get mentally tough!

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Until next time, Stay Tough!

Lawrence Castanon

Author, The Short Fight


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