“It’s a well-known adage: What happens to us plays far less a role in our happiness and success than our responses.
To develop and maintain the kind of mental toughness that success requires, it’s crucial that you keep your thoughts and self-talk positive and avoid the habits that lead to negativity and unhealthy behaviors.”
— 18 Powerful Ways to Build Your Mental Toughness*
One of the big truth-will-set-you-free moments in life is when you finally realize that it is not external events which determine your success, rather it is your reaction to them. This is very true to a large extent. Your destiny is in your own hands to a much greater extent than many people want to believe. It is certainly much easier to sit on the couch and blame the world for our failures, but taking the bull-by-the-horns of life is within anyone’s ability, given that the will is strong enough and the mind is clear enough.
A strong will can be fundamentally broken down into two elements: decisiveness, and perseverance. The ability to make a strong decision quickly with confidence, and to stick to it, is decisiveness. Making tough decisions in important situations that align with your true self is fundamental to a strong will. The ability to persevere through the actions required (and the consequences of them) to execute your decision is long term function of a strong will. This entire process can only occur in a mind that is fully conscious of it.
In the weight room we can daily work to develop our will and consciousness by staying with a tough but scientific barbell program. The competivie lifts of Olympic Weightlifting (Russian Heavy Athletics) especially develop decisiveness, while the competive lifts of Powerlifting are very potent for developing perseverance.
Facing the challenges the barbell provides us several times a week will eventually have an integrated psychological-mental-physical-spiritual training effect, which manifests itself as a strengthened will and consciousness (and many other ways). A strengthened will and present consciousness gives you the keys to control your personal state, which is the fundamental soil of which contentment, growth, and success can sprout in the sporting arena, the boardroom, and personal existence in general.
*For quoted article, please visit: Inc
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