It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you. If you allow it.
Have you ever wondered what makes someone a killer athlete? A straight-A student? A phenomenal musician? Why does it seem like some people just nail it, while others fall behind?
It's tempting to chalk it up to good genetics. Natural ability. But the bigger piece of the puzzle? Mental toughness.
The research is out. And folks? Pure grit, mental strength, and overall perseverance is the #1 factor when it comes to achieving your goals....in every area of life!
Which is good news! Because there ain't much you can do about those genes of yours (aside from turn them into super cute cut-offs). Talent is so overrated!
OK. So you're ready to snag the role of Olympic flag-bearer. You're ready to develop super-human levels of mental toughness. How do you get there?
In a word? Consistency.
Babe Ruth once said, "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." And I believe this to be 100% true!
This past weekend, I had the privilege of running a 10K race at Mud Hero with three genuinely bad-ass women. And even when every one of our limbs was weighed down in 10 extra pounds of mud, we ran the hill. We scaled the wall. And we backstroked through the muckiest muck in town.
We never gave it up.
And why is that? What is the one thing we all have in common? Practice with being mentally strong. We are consistent with being disciplined.
Mental toughness is like a muscle. It needs to be worked. It needs to grow. And it needs to develop.
And guys, if you're not used to pushing yourself, you will wilt when things get hard.
So do the tough stuff. Go one month without missing a workout. Meditate every morning this week. Grind out one extra rep each set at the gym today. Because you will never be able to think your way to mental toughness. But you can act your way there. Even with small wins, every day!
Mentally tough people don't have to be more courageous, more skilled, more intelligent, or more good looking (although lets face it, if you can drop it like its hot, and turn a few heads, it ain't gonna hurt you) -- mentally tough people just need to be more consistent.
Develop habits, practice fortitude, and find a system that will allow you to focus on the important stuff, regardless of how many obstacles life (or Mud Hero!) puts in front of you.
Be more consistent than everyone in the room. Flex your mental toughness. And you will have no choice but to rise to the top.