For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, mental strength can mean even more.
Critical characteristics of mental strength include tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability to manage failure.
5 major traits that mentally strong entrepreneurs have are:
1. They don’t feel sorry for themselves.
Mentally strong entreprenuers don’t feel sorry for their circumstances or dwell on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned.
2. Give away their power.
Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control. They also know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.
3. Shy away from change.
Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.
4. Waste energy on things they can’t control.
Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.
5. Worry about pleasing others.
Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.
To become mentally strong, model these 5 traits and you will be well on your way.
What traits would you add to the list?