Monday, May 15, 2017

Developing Mental Strength

How do we cope with the death of loved ones or a negative self image? Getting over these things require a mental fortitude that is often hindered by negative thoughts & beliefs we possess about ourselves. This week's message comes from a TED Talk given by Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. In the video below she shares how she was able to overcome tragic events in her life including the death of her husband by developing mental strength. How'd she do it? You'll have to watch the video to find out. 

How do we develop mental strength? I'm so glad you asked. First, by acknowledging the need for such strength. Next, put to rest any and all negative views and beliefs you have about yourself and the world around you -- don't focus on your shortcomings and how bad the world is, focus on what you do well and the beauty the world still possesses. Finally, let go of negative habits whether mental, physical or spiritual and replace them with positive ones  -- thoughts of being less than get replaced by positive affirmations, spells of physical inactivity/seclusion get replaced by going to the gym and making new contacts, and worrying gets replaced with faith building exercises. The third and final step is to become consistent in each of these things. 

As stated in the video, developing mental strength is similar to developing physical strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't become the behemoth he became in the world of professional body building overnight, it took years of hard work and dedication. You'll need to implement the three D's of success in your mental strength development: dedication, discipline and determination. As you start your week, remember to always think positive about yourself and aim to make the world you live in a better place. Have a great week and don't forget to share this blog with a friend. Check out the video below:

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