Mindfulness vs Mental Toughness: How you can overcome barriers through the power of mental strength*

Wednesday, 6 April 2016, By Jeremy Langlois

Mindfulness vs Mental Toughness:
How you can overcome barriers through the power of mental strength

How many times have you walked in to your trainer greeting you after a bad weekend in terms of food and exercise? How many times have you felt your stomach drop in anticipation of what the scales would say about your previous week? How many times have you felt overwhelmed by the amount of work that you would have to do to reverse the effects of bad decision making and get back on track? In a perfect world, everyone would see their fat loss as being a constant slide down in weight, eventually landing at that dream weight number, however in a realistic world, there will be ups and downs and obstacles in the way of sliding down that perfect slide. Injuries, illnesses, personal issues, and professional issues are just a few things that come to mind when thinking about what may get in the way of goals in life. These things are mainly unavoidable. They are situations that come up all too often, and are simply things that we have to learn to deal with as human beings. Having good mindfulness and mental strength will allow you to push through these barriers and stay on track.

So let's forget about food and exercise for a few minutes… Let's start thinking about the mental side of things, because when things in life start to hold you back, your success will always be a result of your mental strength. Read this three times and focus on what you are saying to yourself:

"My success will always be a result of my mental strength"

What are the two attributes of mental strength? Mindfulness and Mental Toughness.
Mindfulness is the ability to focus on the present moment without being distracted by what has occurred in the past, leading up to your present situation.
Mental toughness is the ability to perform the task at hand without being distracted and affected by external factors.
Do you have good mindfulness? Are you mentally tough?

It's important to implement these attributes in everyday life to be sure that you are doing the maximum to achieve a successful outcome with your goals. Keep in mind that if you're in a situation of unavoidable barriers, there is always something you can do every day to keep taking small steps towards your goal and keep moving forward. Whenever you're confronted with a situation that you know can be difficult for you, ask yourself what would be the best thing to do to get closer to your goals, and act on that decision! Always ask yourself if you are being mindful of your goals and if you are being strong enough to not let external factors affect you.

Move on from what has happened in the past and learn from it, the only thing that you can act upon and improve on is your present situation. Listen to your own self and make decisions that you know will help YOU! This will allow you to block out external influences and stay on track with your goals by taking small steps in the right direction, because at the end of the day, YOUR success will always be a result of YOUR mental strength.

By Jeremy Langlois

Vision Personal Training Hamilton

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