Being strong in our world is a must. But there are situations when each of us gives up. And only some are able to resist and keep reaching for their goal. Often, we are hampered by various worldly and psychological factors that we sometimes fail to notice. Of course, it’s easy to say that you need to be strong and never give up, yet it’s hard to do or at least to find a way to help you gain that hidden power. So, we have compiled a list of necessary actions that will help you become more resistant to the problems around you, and your life will start getting organizable.
1. Take out the Trash
Let’s go back to your childhood for a while and remember you playing ball with your friends on some field or lot. Sometimes the ball flew far into the bushes and weeds, and to knock the ball out of there you had to get rid of them with your bare hands, pull out the long grass and throw it away so that it wouldn’t hinder. Now you need to do it with your life. You need to learn how to get rid of circumstances, habits, or even people who fence you in. If you are well aware of the fact that sleeping for too long, watching TV till midnight and chatting with your friends for too long decrease your productivity, you need to take control of yourself and avoid such things. It would be great to plan a week or two and determine a clear daily routine that would be difficult to break. You will start controlling yourself – take control of your life.
2. Achieve Balance
Everyone will have his own one, there are no universal rules for how to achieve this balance – it is achieved by trial and error. But we can suggest something that will help you move in the right direction. Some are stimulated by a larger amount of work; someone, on the contrary, are used to restoring their vitality at home, lying on their couch. However, with the “work – home – work” lifestyle it is difficult to establish the right balance that will not only spare your nerves, but also make you stronger. Many people make the mistake of believing that if they have equal periods of time for work, rest and sleep, it will help them remain in harmony. The best option is to combine work and rest without separating them, doing some things during your work that can help you relax emotionally or physically. It will reduce mental emaciation, and more strength will appear.
3. Fit Yourself into One Sentence
Really strong and great people never bother to characterize themselves with some expansive phrases. Usually, they could fit all their best qualities into one phrase. For example, Goethe’s Mephistopheles, who said about himself: “I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.” Another example is Iron Man’s statement which has become a source of quotes and memes: “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.” Therefore, you need to work on yourself, learn all your best qualities, form and develop them to the extent when you are able to fully describe yourself in one sentence. When you manage to do it – congratulations: you have achieved great success. In the meantime, ask yourself every day whether today you were better than yesterday.
4. Build Strong Relationships
Regardless of our desire, human is a social being, so it is necessary to maintain connections with people. Yet it is better than being alone, since communication, especially with those you like, helps you gain new motivation, indispensable experience, and cope with stress. It gives you only benefits. But if your social connections are not well-developed, focus on them right now. Try to understand why you find it difficult to contact some people, what your communicational strengths and weaknesses are. Ask yourself how to increase and improve your sociality, and it will enhance your life and make you only stronger.
5. Cultivate Perseverance
This advice is not very new, but a recent research carried out by American scientists has shed light on this trait. They conducted an experiment on a group of cadets who decided to continue their training at the military academy and become full-fledged soldiers. In order to reveal what impelled them, they were compared with those who gave up their army career path. Those who kept training did not appear to be smarter, more agile, or physically stronger than their former comrades. Their choice was influenced by their strong character and more pronounced perseverance in comparison to those who left the army. Such people never give up, they do not get upset after the first failure and they are used to achieving their goals. You should follow their example and once again focus on self-education.
6. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
A lot of people fail at this very point. Of course, everything depends on your personal habits and preferences, but it is not even about healthy nutrition, sports, giving up smoking and so on in order to keep your body and mind in good condition. Of course, it is also important, but an attempt to improve your lifestyle will help you to build grit in yourself. Before you begin, it is important to remember that you will need to define your biological age. This will help you to choose the proper training program and diet.
7. Learn to Smile
We know that sometimes it may be difficult, especially nowadays: fast-paced life, heavy workload and numerous thoughts in our heads often eliminate positive emotions – you are not in the mood for smiling, and you don’t need to make a forced smile each time. But you can try to treat your life with humor. Moreover, studies have proved that such an approach not only reduces stress level, but also strengthens our immune system and helps us to cope with physical pain. Reducing stress and anxiety through humor will positively affect your moral fibre and help you stay more satisfied with life.
8. Think Flexibly Numerous studies have already proved that your thoughts really influence the course of your life and direct your emotions towards certain paths. But we can’t always control them and keep getting entrapped by our consciousness which is sometimes smarter than us. Therefore, you should learn how to quickly recognize those cognitive traps and avoid them by altering your way of thinking and your set of values that can make your life more difficult, even though you may not always guess where their roots come from.