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How to Become Mentally Strong and Tough?

Updated on June 8, 2020
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Vikram Brahma is a Digitalpreneur, Author, Blogger, Writer, & YouTuber. He loves to write content & spend time working from home.

Introduction

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.

Become mentally tough
Become mentally tough

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.

Conclusion

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

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    • talesofvikram profile imageAUTHOR

      Vikram Brahma 

      12 months ago from Assam, India

      Thank you, Mr Nikhil, for sharing your thoughts regarding the article. Yes, you're right having mental strength is more important than physical strength.

      Moreover, we all have to go through many difficult phases of life. And for that having the right mental condition is very important. I have seen people those who look physically weak but their attitude towards life is AWESOME, especially women.

      Thank you so much for your comments.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      12 months ago from India

      I really liked the short story you shared as an instance of how a person can through various difficult situations in his/her life. Although my convalescence goes to your friend who lost his father.

      I strongly agree with what you have shared in this article, Mr. Vikram. To be able to tackle the most severe conditions in life, we need good mental strength more than physical strength. If we inculcate difficult situations in our life and draw out solutions to tackle the problem, we can become strong and tough mentally. Thanks for sharing this informative piece, Mr. Vikram.

    • talesofvikram profile imageAUTHOR

      Vikram Brahma 

      13 months ago from Assam, India

      Thank you, my friend, Sowrabha. And yes, you're right mental strength is even more important than physical strength. Yes, it can be cultivated like other body parts. All we need the right attitude and practice them more.

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      sowspeaks 

      13 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Vikram, mental strength is even more important than physical strength. And thankfully this can be cultivated as your article points out. Thanks for the valuable tips on developing mental strength.

    • talesofvikram profile imageAUTHOR

      Vikram Brahma 

      13 months ago from Assam, India

      Thank you Mr. Krishna for your comments. Yes, the more we use a mind in the right direction, the better it will become. I also wanted to become a soldier but didn't try to become. :)

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      13 months ago from South India

      Hardening of mind takes place due to undergoing through hardships. Your scientific explanations and psychological modelling are really thought-provoking, Mr Vikram.

    • talesofvikram profile imageAUTHOR

      Vikram Brahma 

      13 months ago from Assam, India

      Thank you Poonam ma'am for reading and appreciating my article. Yes, you're right we need to practice them and slowly our mind will become strong. The mind is just like a body, you use them, exercise them and they will become strong.

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      POONAM MALIK 

      13 months ago from Faridabad

      Delighted once more by reading your article. The next part is to practise and I hope I shall be able to do it. Let your good work continue.

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