5 Things Mentally Strong People Never Do

Mental strength goes by a lot of different names: determination, tenacity, even confidence. But true toughness goes beyond all these terms. It’s a quality of believing in yourself and your goals that can’t be undone by obstacles (or obstructive people).


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Amy Morin at Lifehack recently compiled a list of 13 things mentally strong people don’t do, including:

1. Give up, even after failure.

What’s the difference between Sir Richard Branson and your co-worker with the get-rich-quick scheme? Well, a lot of things. But first and foremost, Sir Richard didn’t give up, even after he failed. In fact, the most successful business people are often the ones who’ve failed the most, but refused to let it shake their confidence.

2. Feel sorry for themselves.

Sure, sulking can feel restorative after a failure, but if you let it go on too long, you run the risk of compromising future successes.

3. Give away their power.

“Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad,” writes Cheryl Connor at Forbes. “They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.”

In other words, as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, they understand that no one can make them feel inferior without their consent.

4. Avoid change.

Life is change, and mentally strong people know that. They embrace change’s possibilities, rather than fearing its potential.

5. Try to please people.

Most of us like to be liked, but if courting the good opinion of others becomes too much of a priority, we run the risk of suppressing our own ideas — or objections to the ideas of others — because we’re afraid of disapproval.

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