Starting your day off mentally strong is probably just as important as having a good breakfast. By beginning the workday with the right attitude, you’ll be able to take on any curveball that life throws your way.
Everyone from Navy SEALs to successful political figures use these routines to become mentally strong in the AM, and you can too:
Practice positive self-talk
This may sound a little hokey, but even the US Navy SEALs swear by positive self-talk as a way to stay mentally strong.
When they have to get through incredibly tough conditions, Navy SEALs constantly tell themselves that they’ll be okay and that everything is fine – and then everything does turn out to be fine when they squeeze out the mental toughness to pull it off. Even if you aren’t scuba diving, you can do this during the start of a tough day to unleash your mental strength and get through it unscathed.
Prioritize your health
Science proves that being physically strong and healthy is vital for your mental strength. Quite simply, you can’t have the mental willpower to accomplish everything if you’re starving and running on three hours of sleep every day.
If you’re struggling with this, take a page from Michelle Obama, who also had difficulty managing staying healthy during a hectic schedule. By prioritizing her health every day just as much as any other activity, she got up at 4:30 everyday to have a healthy meal and workout. Even if you don’t want to wake up that early, you should take baby steps to prioritize this too.
Avoid comparisons (and Twitter)
If you’re waking up and comparing your life to others’ on Twitter and Instagram, you’re probably starting the day off on the wrong foot. Motivation expert Amy Morin suggests that comparing yourself to your “perfect” friends online will do nothing but harm. The reason is simple: you’re seeing their highlight reel, and comparing it the ups and downs of your regular life.
Her powerful suggestion – which applies outside of social media too – is that “the only person you should compare yourself to is the person that you were yesterday.” This is an excellent routine that will make you mentally strong because everyone has a unique success blueprint – so it’s a pointless time drain to compare them.
Do you have any tips or tricks to stay mentally strong? I want to hear them!