As you getting tough physically, you must also toughen yourself mentally. Visualize being tough and being able to handle anything that comes you way. Learn to control your emotions, deal with your emotions, and change your emotions as needed. Learn to cope emotionally with mistakes, failures, and adversity.
To toughen yourself mentally:
- Practice changing your thinking to change how you feel.
- Learn to override the temptation to think negatively by visualizing yourself succeeding at what you are doing. One way to suppress negative thoughts and feelings is to verbally tell yourself to “Stop” and then immediately begin processing positive thoughts and images.
- Practice positive thinking and never use terms such as “I can’t” or “I hate.” Instead, say, “I will” or “I can.”
- Use humor to soften negative thoughts and emotions. Make tough tasks more fun by thinking, “I love it!” or “This is fun.”
- Do not dwell on the future or the consequences; instead, concentrate on the present and getting the job done now.
- Concentrate on the task at hand, not on yourself; do not think internally, think externally.
- “See,” “hear,” and “feel” yourself winning.
- Learn from mistakes but do not dwell on them; fix them and move on.
- Make the commitment to achieve your goal; if you want to win, commit yourself to winning.
- Think of adversity as the heat that tempers your will.
- Learn to love the hard work and pain it takes to win.
- Learn from the past, consider the future, but live for today.
- When having to do something tough, do not think about tomorrow, just deal with today. Think, “I just need get through this today,” and then tomorrow, do the same thing.