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How to Build Mental Strength

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to have endless energy, handle everything that life throws at them and always have a smile and others, just don’t? 

The difference between them is mental strength and the good news is this: anyone can learn to be mentaly stronger.

And building mental strength leads to more success, more friends and more happiness.

So, if you’re wondering how to build mental strength, our 10 ways, outlined below, will help you get started.

10 Ways To Build Mental Strength

Learning New Skills

It might sound silly but learning new skills is a great way to build mental competence, whether it’s strength training or learning to meditate from an app, building skills builds mental strength.

Why? Well, it helps you overcome challenges, in a controlled fashion, and to attain mastery of something – these are the very skills you need to be more successful in life. 

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Setting Goals And Achieving Them

The more you set goals, break them down and then achieve them step-by-step the more your will power and personal mental strength will increase.

Achievement is important here. If you set yourself a target of running a marathon next week when you haven’t run in years – you will fail. 

Start small, show you can achieve and always be realistic about the goals you set – no-one is superhuman in real life. 

Exposure To Your Fears

If you find certain situations always make you nervous then being exposed to these situations under controlled conditions can help you overcome those nerves.

How to Build Mental Strength

For example, if you dread speaking in public, then speaking to a small audience of one or two people (friends, ideally) and slowly working up from there can help you beat your fear.

Making Personal Connections

This might sound odd at first but no man (or woman, for that matter) is an island.

The more friends, family, colleagues and community connections that you have, the more support you will have to face the world and that can make you feel invincible. 

It’s also worth noting that helping those people in return when they need help feels pretty great too and helps us to feel more resilient in the bargain. 

Accepting Change 

If you spend your life trying to resist change then you’re going to find things are super stressful. 

You need to face that you are not the supreme overlord of the universe and that change will always happen.

There’s good news here – while you can’t control change, you can always control your reactions to change and learning that simple fact will immediately make you feel more in control of your life. 

Taking Decisive Action

The more often that you take decisive action, the more you come to appreciate that it is a good thing and doesn’t bring disaster but, instead, brings rewards.

Next time you’re put on the spot, don’t shy away from what needs doing, just do it. 

Exploring Yourself

This isn’t code for getting hands on with yourself in the privacy of your bedroom, it’s a direct command to look for opportunities to discover your mental inner self.


Hardships in life may suck when they’re happening but learning from them and growing is an essential part of becoming stronger mentally. 

Take time to review the lessons that life is trying to teach you. 

Developing Confidence In Your Abilities

Everyone is good at something, don’t be afraid to speak up when it’s your moment to shine. 

Develop a positive view of yourself and the things that you are great at and give yourself permission to share that greatness with other people.

You won’t believe how much better your problem solving skills will become when you start to have faith in your own judgment. 

Staying Hopeful

No matter what happens and what comes across our path, hope is eternal.

You can’t make every situation magically turn out right in an instant but you can always hope that tomorrow will be better than today. 

And Psychology Today suggests that having hope will improve your overall mental toughness and resilience. 

Self-Care Routines

Mental toughness does not exist in a vacuum, you cannot be mentally tough if you’re physically weak.

You need to eat right, exercise and sleep well if you want to be mentally strong, it’s really as simple as that. 

Final Thoughts On Building Mental Strength

Building mental strength takes commitment and practice, in the same way that building physical strength does.

You need to keep doing the things above and on a regular basis, if you want them to have an impact.

But if you do?

You’re going to see amazing changes in every part of your life, you will be happier, healthier, more successful and much more, we guarantee it. 

Stephen Oliver
Stephen Oliver
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