You’ve heard it said that the mind is a powerful thing. It can make or break the resolve that you have in you. Quotes like “ mind over matter”, “if you don’t mind, then is doesn’t matter” have swept the internet in timely fashion, as the route to mental toughness has taken the world by storm. There is however one caveat.. It takes mental toughness to build mental toughness. How, then, does one get mental toughness? By making a decision. This is where most people get tripped up. It feels good to make excuses because the fault is not yours. I think that people are beginning to realize that responsibility is a real thing and that as much as making a decision to be tough is a choice, being weak minded is a choice too.
The way I see it, the mind should be like chewed gum. Think about it. Many people treat the mind like non-chewed gum. They think that it’ll break. It won’t, unless you let it. When you stretch the mind, it becomes more and more accustomed to the stress. When chewed gum is stretched, it doesn’t snap back to its original shape, but it doesn’t stay at fully stretched length either. Think about stretching then letting it relax and then stretching it again. The mind is designed to stretch, to be stressed so that it can adapt.
Why am I stressing the mind? Because I believe that it’ll be hard to live this life if your mind is weak. The climb that you have in front of you such as life, school, friends, career, and future is a huge task. A powerful mind will be your friend. It’ll be your constant. If you train your mind early, then you can focus on the task on hand and not worry about whether or not you’ll break under the pressure. Stretch your mind. Strengthen it. How?
Do not worry about stressors. Homework, chores, relationships, and tasks that your schedule is filled with will all help in building your mind. Remove complaint, all of it. Get rid of the sentence “its not fair,” and “why me?” Learn how to make a small deal about big things. Be open to responsibilities. Get used to saying “no problem.” Remind yourself that you are bigger, smarter, stronger but back up that idea with execution. Here’s a big one. PRACTICE HUMILITY. Learn to genuinely celebrate with people for their victories. The one thing you can’t stop is the calendar. However you feel, time isn’t going to stop. It is completely necessary that you get this.