Improving Mental Fortitude in the Workplace


A great workplace is usually filled with strong people. These employees come in many different forms; powerful leaders, tough managers, or simply just strong personalities. Amongst these employees, the types of employees that typically have the greatest long-term value and potential are individuals that are mentally strong. This mental strength usually comes from a myriad of circumstances; sometimes this strength is due to their upbringing, their life experience, or perhaps their general outlook on life. Sometimes this fortitude of mind isn’t due to a person’s circumstances, but rather what these individuals steer clear of within their daily life.

As cited within Forbes’ article Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid, Cheryl Conner comments upon a list compiled on LifeHack by Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist.  Within Morin’s article, she specifies behaviors that these mentally strong people avoid within their daily lives:

1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves

2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power

3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change

4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control

5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone

6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks

7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past

8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over

9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success

10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure

11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time

12. They Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything

13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results

As simple as it may sound to rid your life of certain bad habits, some of these behaviors are ingrained at your core. The first step toward improvement may simply be recognition of the behavior mentioned above – then evaluating how it may be impacting your mental state negatively. If you’re working to improve your resilience within the workplace, divert your focus away from activities that need to be added to your routine; instead focus on removing habits or behaviors that will hone your mental strength.  With the New Year rapidly approaching, now might be a good time to jump-start your resolutions.

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