Facing failure head on and dealing with it is an important quality that every successful person has. The difference between a high achiever and someone who just gets by in life is that the high achiever deals with his or her problems right away.
Most people tend to procrastinate, ignore their problems and hope they go away on their own, however this is a recipe for disaster. A common thread among successful people that started from the bottom and reached a pinnacle of success, is their mental toughness or ability to be resilient through the tough times. When these situations come upon them, they are able to take them in stride and push forward despite the odds being stacked against them.
If you find yourself dealing with setbacks, failure or your mind drifting away from your goals at any time, here are 3 reasons why you need to get mentally tough if you want to be successful in both your business and personal life.
You Owe It To Yourself To Keep Going
So you’re trying to start a business or about to dive into working on a big project? Of course, it’s not easy. People will doubt you, they’ll laugh at you, and they’ll think you’re crazy for thinking this was possible.
But think about it this way. Even the greats that came before you succeeded because they had a solid plan and overcame the obstacles that were thrown at them. It is this no-nonsense mindset and never give up attitude that propels successful people to the top.
“Everyone around you will benefit from your mental toughness”
You’ve stayed up many nights working on your passion project. You’ve talked to friends about your idea, you’ve toiled over the mission statement or website copy and things are moving in the right direction. Don’t let a minor setback or a normal occurrence in business derail you from pushing past the obstacles.
Most people walk away from a challenge when things get tough, but the winners stick with it and don’t quit when faced with difficult tasks. That is why when things get tough you owe it to yourself to keep going. You’ve put in the work thus far, it’s worth sticking with it.
You’re More Capable Than You Think You Are
Life is tough. There’s no doubt about it. If you’re an entrepreneur, you face the daily challenge of getting people to buy what you’re selling, consumers to look at your content, or clients to return for future business. For a lot of people, when life gets tough they get down on themselves, and think they’re not capable of overcoming the challenge.
The very fact that you can see these obstacles means that you are incredibly capable. Regardless of whether you have experience in a given area, you need to give yourself credit for what you do know and use your life experiences to help increase and expand how you view your current perspective.
Emotional maturity refers to one’s ability to cope with their emotions constructively and how they, in turn, respond and interact with other people. In the business world emotional maturity is a skill needed in order to handle the frustrations of everyday life and work.
When you’re able to reconcile what you’ve done thus far in your life and recognize that your uniqueness can be found in those experiences, your level of emotional maturity and resilience increases and will get you out of that funk. You are indeed more capable than you think you are. You just need a little bit of reminding.
You’re Not Alone
There will be moments when you feel like you’re the only one going through the struggles that you’re experiencing. In addition to your own self-doubt, there are doubters around you who don’t understand how you made it this far in the first place.
All of these negative thoughts can add up quickly. But I want you to know that there’s hope. You are not alone in this situation. Whatever work or business-related problems you’re experiencing, another person has walked down the same path before and found their way out of it.
Remove yourself from feeling constrained or victimized by the hardships and recognize that its just part of the journey. It will be difficult to be positive when things are seemingly falling apart around you, but this is when your inner strength and mental toughness kicks in. Read book or listen to podcast interviews of other entrepreneurs you admire and notice how they’ll share their story of struggle to success, then lean on their experience to reassure you of your future success.
Your Resilience Will Impact Other Parts Of Your Life
Resilience is your ability to bounce back to a positive state of mind after dealing with an obstacle or a challenge. It is the strength you use to overcome a negative emotion such as anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration or defeat.
People often think that it takes a special trait to get through their most difficult experiences. But you’ll be surprised to learn that resilience is a skill, and the earlier you start building this skill, the better your chances of turning into a more confident and effective person.
Despite what people will tell you, there are no special traits you need to develop resilience. It’s a skill you can learn and build as long as you’re aware of your growth. Whenever life seems too difficult, your resilient skills will protect you from spending hours in a valley of despair and propel you to move past things faster.
When you build resilience everything else in your life becomes easier to deal with. You’re now able to tackle business hardships with a level headed approach and can engage personal trials with a stronger emotional disposition. This is a major benefit as everyone around you will also experience your leadership. Do you feel confident about tackling the next major stumbling block that comes your way?