Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth defines mental strength as having grit. “Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.”

Grit is critical. At the end of the day, perhaps counter to conventional wisdom, your success depends not upon innate talent but rather upon your ability to stick to your goals.

Gritty people have several characteristics, many of which are actionable. According to Inc. Magazine, mentally tough people face their fears, keep themselves physically fit, and cultivate a sense of realistic optimism.

Considering this, how can you make yourself more mentally strong? Develop and build these habits and unleash your inner John Wayne.

#1 – Learn to face your fears by intentionally seeking out situations where you may be rejected and thereby learn how to fight through and press on.

#2 – Gracefully accept failure, but do not dwell on mistakes.

#3 – Embrace change and throw away a sense of entitlement.

#4 – Follow the lead of the Navy SEALS and challenge yourself consistently with tough workouts.

#5 – Learn to cultivate a strong sense of realistic optimism.

#6 – Seek out a mentor or coach for advice. Contact ActionCOACH Tampa Bay, today!