Mental determination is one of the most important characteristics to develop as a person. It helps you achieve your goals and live a life of fulfillment. You can become more mentally determined by building great habits and developing good mental skills. Below, I’ve listed 10 ways that will help build your mental determination so you can achieve the goal of becoming more successful in life:
Discover your why and focus on the positive.
- Discover your why.
- Know what you want to accomplish and why it’s important to you. If you don’t know what your end goal is, how can you possibly get there? Once you have a clear idea of what motivates and inspires you, then it will be easier for your mind to stay focused on the positive rather than dwelling in negativity or self-doubt.
- Focus on the positive!
- Look for the silver lining in everything that happens—even if it seems like bad news at first glance. When something negative does happen, focus on how it could actually be beneficial or useful in some way down the road (for example: if an old friend goes through a tough time but comes out stronger from their experience). This mindset keeps us hopeful about our future instead of feeling hopeless about our past or present situation; which helps keep us determined because we believe things will work out eventually!
Believe the impossible is possible.
The first step to achieving anything is believing that it’s possible. If you don’t believe the impossible is possible, then your mind will never be open to new ideas and opportunities.
I know this sounds like a really simple point, but it often gets lost in our busy lives. We get so caught up in our day-to-day routines that we forget to look at life with fresh eyes, even though there are endless possibilities out there just waiting for us to discover them.
If you want to bring more joy into your life and build strong habits that stick long term, then I highly recommend starting with this one simple belief: Believe the impossible is possible!
Find your focus by visualizing you at your best.
A great way to increase your mental determination is by visualizing yourself at your best.
This can be something small, like visualizing yourself doing one more push up than you did yesterday, or it could be something much larger, like visualizing yourself living in the home of your dreams and being surrounded by people who love and support you.
The goal is not to daydream about how great life would be if only we had more money or a nicer car; rather, it’s about thinking through all aspects of our lives—from our skills and values to our goals and purpose—and creating an idealized version of ourselves that reflects who we want to become as human beings.
Channel your competitive spirit to become unstoppable.
- Learn to be a good sport.
- Take time to celebrate other people’s achievements—not just your own.
- Don’t let your ego get in the way of success.
It’s easy to get caught up in your own success, but it’s much more important to celebrate the achievements of others.
Action is the secret sauce of determination.
Determination is all about action. You can have all the thoughts and ideas in the world, but if you don’t take action, then your dreams will never come to fruition.
The good news is that taking action doesn’t require a complicated process; it just requires doing something more often than not, even when it feels uncomfortable or overwhelming. Some common examples of actions that aren’t just talk include:
- Meditating for 10 minutes every morning before work (or whenever else)
- Exercise for 45 minutes every morning before work (or whenever else)
- Writing 1 page of your book each day after dinner
Harness the power of public accountability.
One of the most effective ways to build a habit or cultivate a new skill is to hold yourself publicly accountable. It’s amazing how much easier it is to take action when you’re feeling like someone’s watching and holding you accountable, even if that person is only loosely associated with you.
Public accountability works best in two contexts:
- Social media
- Friends and family
Social media can be an incredible tool for building accountability into your life. Posting updates on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter makes it easy for friends and family members who don’t live nearby (or who otherwise wouldn’t check in on you as often) know how things are going day-to-day without having to call each other up every five minutes. Online communities where people share similar goals can also serve as an excellent source of motivation through public accountability; whether it’s sharing progress photos or asking for advice about sticking with a diet/exercise plan/goal list/etc., being part of a community where others’ progress can be monitored means there’s usually someone around who’ll notice when you slack off!
Set challenging goals that excite you and make you feel proud.
The next tip is to set challenging goals that excite you and make you feel proud.
Don’t set goals that are too easy or too hard either, but rather ones that challenge you enough to keep your interest but not so much that they seem impossible. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable and time-bound if possible. And write down those goals so you can see them every day!
Become an expert by reading and listening to successful people.
You’re not going to become a successful person overnight by reading and listening to others. But as they say, success is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration. If you’re inspired by other people, then you have an easier time sticking with your goals—and the more you stick with them, the more likely it is that you will achieve them! This is why we recommend that everyone read and listen to successful people.
Develop a powerful morning routine.
You might not realize it, but your morning routine can make all the difference when it comes to your mental determination and ability to stick with a habit. I’ve spent years refining my own morning routine and have found that it’s been one of the most effective ways for me to build mental strength, create positive habits, and start each day off on the right foot. In this section, we’ll discuss how you can develop a powerful morning routine that will help you build strong habits throughout your life.
A good morning routine should include things like:
- A specific wake-up time (no more than 30 minutes before the start of your day)
- An activity that gets you up and moving (exercise)
- Something that makes you feel excited about what’s ahead (making time for meditation or journaling)
Support and help others with their goals.
One of the best ways to stay motivated and keep your mental focus is by helping others.
You can help others by sharing your knowledge, expertise and experience. You may be an expert in a certain field, so why not volunteer your time to teach others? You could also share articles or blog posts that contain
valuable information on how to achieve their goals.
Another way you can help others is by being a good listener when they need someone to talk to about their goals and struggles with achieving them. This is especially important if the person asking for advice has similar interests as you do because then it will be easier for you both to relate while having conversations where they feel heard and understood! Lastly but not leastly, another way which might seem obvious but I’ll mention anyways: just encourage the people around us who are working towards achieving their goal(s)!
Change your mindset from what-to-why, from external-to-internal, from fear-to-growth, from finite-to-infinite and from success-to-significance.
- Change your mindset from what-to-why, from external-to-internal, from fear-to-growth, from finite-to-infinite and from success-to-significance.
- Each change will help you to focus on the right things and be more mentally determined.
Mental determination is made up of skills that can be learned
Mental determination is made up of skills that can be learned and practiced. It’s important for success, but it’s also a skill you can build. You don’t have to be born with it—in fact, you can learn and practice the skills that are part of mental determination to make yourself mentally determined!
Mental determination is the ability to stay focused, motivated and persistent in order to accomplish something, even when it seems impossible.
Remember, mental determination is not innate. It’s a skill that can be learned with practice and persistence. When you understand what it takes to be mentally determined, you can start developing these skills in your own life. So now that we’ve talked about the 10 valuable ways to be more mentally determined and build strong habits, let’s get started on our journey towards becoming unstoppable!