5 ways to get mentally fit for work
If you look around your workplace, you’ll observe that whilst there may be little difference in capability between your colleagues, there is usually a world of difference in terms of attitude and results. The more successful people are successful because they have a more positive attitude and a tougher mindset.
They have created a routine series of thinking that leads naturally from their thoughts and feelings to their actions and behaviours. These mindset habits become second nature, even when they face extreme stress and pressure. This mindset enables them to take full advantage of the opportunities and successfully navigate the challenges they face. It is your responsibility to turn up for work mentally fit and ready, with a focused, determined and resolute mindset.
You can develop this frame of mind in any number of ways and different techniques work for different people.
Here are five that could work for you:
1. Find your purpose
Once you find your purpose in life everything gets a whole lot easier because you understand why you are doing what you do. Being passionate about fulfilling your purpose to achieve your dreams gives you clarity and in turn this clarity gives you confidence in your decision-making.
2. Set and achieve your goals and milestones
Your dream is your long-term aim and to make it become reality you need to identify, select and then achieve a series of short term goals that get you to where you want
to go. If you select your goals, you’re much more motivated to achieve them and over time this focus gives you a tougher more determined mindset.
3. Believe in yourself
A positive attitude is everything. If you believe in yourself and believe that you can achieve anything you want to, you’ll develop the confidence to take on and tame new challenges. The clarity around where you are going, and why, really assists in this self-belief because you aren’t second-guessing. You learn to make the right decisions to achieve your goals.
4. Accept the challenge
If it was easy everyone would be doing it, but most people are put off by the challenge of something more difficult. By accepting the challenge and taking risks you create growth in your adventure and when the risks pay off you are propelled further forward than would otherwise have been the case. If you don’t accept the challenge or take risks, you put limits and boundaries on your success. You cannot achieve your goals unless you risk the setbacks and go for your dream.
5. Don’t give up
Whatever you do don’t give up. Failure is on the path to success, failing is an important part of succeeding. You have to adopt the mindset that allows you to create opportunity from adversity and to keep on going no matter how difficult it gets.
Paul Lyons is an experienced CEO, Coach, Speaker, NED and MTQ48 accredited. As CEO of Mental Toughness Partners, he assists individuals and organisations to develop their mental toughness to improve performance, behaviour and wellbeing. You can find him at paullyons.com and mentaltoughness.partners