Mental Toughness

Tend to give up on things when they get difficult? Change this. Start by rejecting negative self-talk that has probably been in your head for decades. “I’m no good in math” or “Science is for smart people, not me” are common refrains that start in early school days and follow you into adulthood. Negative thinking can cause you to shrink from volunteering to lead a project at work or to sign-up for new skill training because you’re afraid you’ll fail. Kick this negativity to the curb!

Sure, some things are hard and will require a lot of mental sweat. But push yourself to stick with challenges and you’ll find that you get better and better at tackling them. Talk yourself through frustration with assurances that “I can do this!” and congratulate yourself for each part of a problem that you conquer. Little steps count and lead to bigger steps down the road.

Most importantly, surround yourself with winners who take on tough challenges and watch how they wrestle with complex problems and solve them. Learn from them. They will inspire and empower you, and many of their success strategies will work for you too!

Life presents opportunities that often require mental toughness to turn them into success for you. Don’t run from these challenges. View them as a chance to take yourself to another level and go for it!


Dr. Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant and author of Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There , The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You!, and Success! Ezine to help you get ahead in life. She is AASF’s Founder and President/CEO.