How to Become Mentally Strong and Tough?
Two years ago one of my friends lost his father. During that time he had no clue as to what decisions he needs to take. He was crying over the phone and asking me to come as quickly as possible.
We met in the hospital and we decided what all things to be done. Then we reached his home with the dead body and we gather nearby people. And by afternoon we burned the dead body as per the Hindi rituals.
This is an example of a difficult situation which any normal human being can face in his/her life. Like this, there can be many such situations not only at the personal level but in the corporate sector.
During such time we need to show ourselves strong both physically and mentally.
Two Types Of Strength
As human being, we possess two kinds of strength. One is physical and other is mental strength. Both kinds of power are needed to function properly.
In life many a time we face difficult situations when we don’t know what decisions we need to take. During those times we need to stay mentally strong. Many great athletes have said when their body is ready to give up it is only through mental toughness they become winners.
When I say mental toughness, we need to understand that it is how we process our thoughts which happen inside our brain. We need to learn to control of thoughts.
So, let’s see how we can become mentally strong and tough.
Create Mental Models
In life, a crisis can come anytime. Crisis in simple words means a time of intense difficulty. So, this method suggests that before we face the actual situation we need to create such a model inside our brain.
In easy words, in this, we think of the many unexpected situations and we try to come up with the best solutions. This method is also known as case studies and very popular in many world-class management institutions.
Even the world best defence forces go through such model day and night. You might have heard about how difficult commando training is. Why they go through such hell day and night to become superhuman?
Well, the answer to such a question is they will be both physically and mentally fit if such a situation arrives in future. That’s why training and putting them in such worst situations are necessary.
You will be surprised to know that even pilots go through such mental models. They think of the worst situation and during flight simulator practice, they repeat ways to save the flight.
But since we don’t practice such mental models we feel uncomfortable to face the crisis. So, from now on think what problems you can have in present or in the future and think of the best solutions for them. For example, think of ways what you will be doing after the lockdown to earn money.
Learn To Focus On The Most Essential Task
We as a human being are overloaded with unnecessary information. Most of such pieces of information are of no use. Due to the heavy use of social media and movies, we have made our life complicated.
Now, let me share the real secret of handling crisis. If you want to make the best use of your mental capacity during the crisis then learn to focus only on the essential information and task.
For example, during any war situation, it is always important to safeguard the leaders. Why they do so? Because they have the power to give the final orders. If you want to destroy any type of riot which is taking place in any area it is always important to curb the leaders as soon as possible.
So, next time if you have any crisis in your personal or professional life remember to focus only on the essential task and leave unnecessary information behind.
Stop Wasting Your Time
Do you know if you stop wasting your time you can become mentally strong? For example, to achieve this we need to learn how to stay focused on the essential task.
When you will start focusing on the important task your day will be more fruitful. This will give you more reasons to smile. And to stay focused you need to stay away from those things which can distract you. So, the simple solution is to remove all such items from our reach. And keep only those things around you which are essential to complete our task.
Becoming mentally tough is a process and can be learned. Some people are born good with this attitude while others have to learn it.
The best way to learn this process is to start observing leaders around you. Then you can learn from parents, how your father is able to manage his family during the pandemic.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Vikram Brahma