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Entrepreneurs are known for being some of the cleverest people in the planet. It takes a whole lot of brain power to think about what the market lacks, deliver that, and continue cashing in on it.
They put in the work consistently, and hold themselves to high standards. But did you know that having the smarts is not the only ingredient that you need to set yourself apart?
To succeed in business, you have to know how to manage your mind– and that is where mental resilience or mental toughness comes in. Here are five reasons to motivate you to start training your intellect to harness it better:
As an entrepreneur, you know how to envision something that other people don’t necessarily see. In business, this edge is a prerequisite to success: if you cannot rock the boat, you miss out on potentially reaching other leagues. Mental resilience equips you with the drive to persist in shaking up the status quo until you see the results that you want to see.
In an article published on Harvard Business Review, a sports psychologist said that if there is one ingredient that makes all the difference in sports and business success, it is a winning mindset. You have to know that you can deliver beyond what is expected every time you need to. Mental resilience promotes a winning mentality: an entrepreneur who is mentally tough knows that mediocre won’t cut it, and he or she will live accordingly.
I have a friend, Jonecca, who “fell into” her career despite initially disliking the trappings that came with it–writing, speaking, networking with people. However, she found that with a continuous list of people she’s inspired, helped, and all the lives that she has changed, she found a deep sense of fulfillment in it. She trained and got over her fears, battled with her everyday anxiety, until she got comfortable, and then, in turn, she was able to serve more people at a higher level. She is now one of the leading success coaches in the Philippines.
Mental resilience also contributes to shaping, honing, and strengthening your character, especially when it matters. There are many times in your life in business when you would feel like you may have to call it quits. Soon, you will find that one of the most important things that will get you through these times is what you tell yourself. If you can steel yourself when the going gets tough, break through all of it, and come out tougher.
Training your mind to become tougher will also lead to improved performance, which will translate to better results. Okay, so your competitors are not spreading themselves thin trying to rack up more sales, so why should you? True, you should never have to spread yourself thin, but that does not mean that you should stop exerting every effort possible in perfecting your processes.
My friend Kresta Ang, a small business owner and team leader, after a one-month coaching program, successfully doubled her passive income because she knew she was pursuing the right mindset. She admits that changing her mindset and being surrounded with a good support network was best at “flexing her muscle” on being mentally resilient.
Greater Ability to Enjoy Life
Finally, mental resilience will enable you to live happier. In this life, every experience that we have will be filtered by our brain, and if your brain knows how to sift through everything to retain only what is essential to your growth, your life will be happier.
We know you don’t just do business for yourself, but you also do it for the people you love the most. Making these people happy is a huge determinant of our ability to enjoy life for ourselves, something money can aide us in getting (let’s face it). So when we stay mentally resilient, we are more productive and we are more fulfilled.