As you know, I think a lot about “mental toughness” and how we can train ourselves to have more of it. But I also think we can get so caught up noticing the times we aren’t mentally tough that we overlook or discount the instances when we are.
Mental toughness doesn’t have to be reserved for some high-stakes situation where we grit our teeth, put our head down and forge on. In my playbook, at least, it can simply be a moment where we overcome a part of our ego-driven selves — you know, the part that feels frustration, resentment, guilt, worry, anger, envy — and do something that feels uncomfortable but closer to our ideal selves.
Here are 9 ways you’re already mentally tough:
Sure, you may not behave this way, all the time, with everyone. But give yourself credit when you do: that’s mental toughness.