The quality of your life is the result of the quality of your mindset. You can be rich and successful but broken on the inside due to a broken mentality. Conversely, you can be poor and impoverished, sleeping on an air mattress, and yet love life because of a fortified mindset. This brand of mental toughness is what you should strive toward.
But how can you develop and adopt this mentality as your own?
There’s a simple strategy based in psychology that can help. This is a system I’ve been using for years now without even being aware of its psychologically based origins. And now, I want to share it with you.
Keep reading to learn more.
A Simple Method To Develop Mental Toughness
In 2020, I read Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins for the first time.
The book changed my life. In it, Goggins (a former U.S. Navy SEAL, ultra-marathon runner, triathlete, and sought-after public speaker) details the importance of “doing something that sucks every day” to strengthen and fortify your mind. He argues that you develop a strong will through consistently performing challenging tasks.
I couldn’t agree more.
So, I took on this challenge in the form of daily cold showers. As of this writing, I’ve been engaging with this daily discipline for about 3 and a half years. And it has truly laid the foundation for a life of self-control and mental toughness.
Taking a cold shower every day has helped me to:
- Face challenges head-on in life
- Develop more discipline
- Feel a sense of self-respect
- Stay on the path of self-improvement
- Become comfortable with discomfort
- Cultivate mental toughness
If you want to be stronger mentally, then develop the habit of doing something that sucks every day. It doesn’t have to be cold showers, though it certainly can be. Get creative and think of unique challenges you can place in your life.
And here’s the interesting part…
This notion of daily challenges isn’t just some “self-help doctrine.” It has been proven as an effective psychological tool to help people overcome mental hurdles.
What Psychology Says About Developing Mental Toughness
This is a concept in psychology referred to as exposure therapy.
Exposure therapy is gradually (but consistently) exposing yourself to things, situations, and circumstances that frighten you. Why? To dimmish your fear and anxiety regarding those things.
This is how you develop mental toughness.
It’s through the slow yet constant exposure to difficult tasks/situations that your mind and willpower strengthen. And this is probably the most effective and reliable method to truly develop a fortified mindset.
Whatever it is you’re aiming at in life, it will require a certain degree of mental toughness. Anything worth having doesn’t just fall into your life. It is often a slow process. Moreover, it typically will demand a lot more of you than you initially thought. As such, you have to strengthen your mentality to prepare for the challenges and setbacks that will inevitably come your way.
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