Life is hard, really hard. There are forces out of our control, there are things we cannot predict, and sometimes tragedy falls upon us. Life was never meant to be “easy” but life is a gift. The fact that we are on this planet breathing air is reason enough to be content. You could have been a plant or a bird or a rat. You are lucky enough to be on earth as a human being that can make cognitive decisions! Many of us fall victim to depression, slumps, and so on.
We spiral out of control with the “woe is me” attitude. We cry when we feel cheated, we tell our friends and family that life isn’t fair.
It’s not supposed to be fair. It’s just supposed to be.
Life doesn’t owe any of us anything. We are all just specs of dust in an endless galaxy. We mean nothing to the universe. Our sole job on earth is to continue to progress. Build up mental tools and walls to combat what this world has to throw at us. Learn to love every experience and cherish the people close to us.
Appreciate the gift that is breath on earth instead of folding up at every bump in the road. This is where MENTAL TOUGHNESS comes into play.
My definition of mental toughness:
Making a decision, a firm and permanent decision, no matter what happens – I mean no matter what, for however long that takes. I will always be mentally tough. I will not let life drag me down. I will not break with pressure. I will bend and adjust. Tragedies and failures will make me stronger. They will help me to build up my walls so I can more easily overcome the next hurdle in my path. I will be patient and understand that perception controls the way I see the world and events around me.
If you decide to make the decision to be mentally tough, you can start to see the world through more clear eyes. With every action, there is a logical reaction. With every problem, there is a reasonable solution. With every failure, there is something to be learned. With every death, there is a gift of life to be appreciated.
Of course there are extremes; there are terrible things that can happen throughout life. We can’t just sink down and let the darkness overtake us though. That doesn’t help ourselves, or anyone around us. When you are mentally tough, you are a pillar of strength and inspiration to those around you. You help yourself and others by keeping your shit together and guiding everyone through dark times. The easy route is to shut down, slow down, and slip into darkness. This is for the weak – the mentally weak.
Choose to be mentally tough: decide that you will set the example. Appreciate the little things in life. If not for yourself, than for those around you. Your family, your friends, your pets! People around you pick up on weakness. Human beings & animals can sense it. Show them strength.
Our ancestors had to deal with so much worse than us. Our computer crashes in the middle of a project and we act like the world is against us. Those before us had to hide in caves to keep themselves warm and safe from predators. There are places in this world where people have to fight famine and disease daily. They live without homes yet we complain about social media. There have been wars that have resulted in millions of deaths yet we cry that we don’t make enough money. Right now, there are troops overseas fighting and missing their families yet we are worried that we won’t get into college to pursue a career we know nothing about.
Enough with the excuses. Enough with the weakness. Enough with the sob stories. Sack up, and make the decision.
DECIDE TO BE MENTALLY TOUGH. FOR FOREVER, UNTIL YOUR LAST BREATH, DURING ALL HARDSHIPS, NO MATTER WHAT.
Watch your life change for the better.