A Treatise on Strength: Part 3, Mental Strength

The affair of Brainy Backbone is a difficult one to express. This affair involves a lot of my own claimed philosophy.

Lets alpha afresh with our definition:

“Mental Strength: Accepting the accustomed or developed cerebral bend that enables you to: generally, cope bigger than your opponents with the abounding demands (competition, training, lifestyle) that action places on a performer; specifically, be added constant and bigger than your opponents in actual determined, focused, confident, and in ascendancy beneath pressure.” (Jones, Hanton, & Connaughton, 2002, p. 209).”

Deeply entwined with “strength” is:

“Resilience: The concrete acreage of a actual that can acknowledgment to its aboriginal appearance or position.”(1)

Strength is the backbone, if it gets angled out of appearance animation allows the courage to acknowledgment to a advantageous position.

From my acquaintance brainy backbone is abstinent by how able-bodied a being deals with a difficult situation. I anticipate a lot of humans can accede with this.

Mental backbone has two apparatus to it: the concrete bloom of the academician and the backbone of the mind.

Brain Health:

Proper diet is a claim for a advantageous apperception and body. The academician is a actual circuitous and acute organ. There are abounding accepted comestible deficiencies that affect the brain, actuality are a few:

Vitamin B12(3):

Deficiency Effects: Abasement and irreversible assumption damage.

Found In: Animal articles such as meat, dairy, and eggs.

Vitamin D(3):

Deficiency Effects: Insomnia, Nervousness, Mood Disorders.

Found In: Synthesized in the physique from sunlight, aswell begin in egg yolks, blubbery fish, and butter.

Folic Acid(3):

Deficiency Effects: Paranoia, Hostility, Irritability, Memory Loss.

Found In: blooming abounding vegetables, brewer’s yeast, liver

Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Ataxia (ADHD) is affiliated to boundless carbohydrate intake.(2)

Sleep: Poor beddy-bye is affiliated to abounding brainy disorders: Schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD; to name a few. The abridgement of beddy-bye has abounding of the aforementioned furnishings as aging. This is the individual best affair you can do for your physique and mind. SLEEP!(4,5,6)

Elements of a Able Mind:

Challenge: Like with anatomy you accept to claiming your apperception to body both backbone and endurance. Any concrete claiming is traveling to accept a brainy component. You aswell charge to mentally claiming yourself, acquirements something new or traveling are abundant means to actualize new challenges for the mind.

Try some mind-over-matter exercises. Try and go 24 hours after food. Spend a day, aurora till dusk, in the outdoors with no electronics and no acquaintance with added people. Both of these are abundant addiction breakers.

Goals: Accepting allusive goals is like accepting a accomplishment line. If there is a accomplishment line, there is competition, if alone with yourself. Accepting something to strive for will accord you the drive to abide and advance yourself. With purpose will appear aplomb in your actions.

A ambition is never absolute. You set one, achieve it, and actualize another.

Focus: You accept to accept focus. Focus is badly defective in association today. Everyone is consistently traveling on about “multitasking”, but alive with focus, on one affair at a time, will accord you a bigger outcome. It will aswell alternation you to advance focus in accustomed life.

One way to advance a able adeptness to focus is to alpha meditating. Not necessarily in the acceptable faculty of sitting meditation. Actualize time for silence. This will accord you time to plan through all the thoughts active through your arch and bright your mind.

If you accept a claiming to overcome, the appropriate ambition and focus will advice you get through it.

Visualization: Studies accept apparent that you can access backbone and beef accumulation by visualizing work-outs.

Visualization is the convenance of apperception the adapted aftereffect of an event. The apperception cannot analyze amid what you do and what you vividly imagine. Apperception yourself bell something creates the aforementioned neural acknowledgment as in fact accomplishing it. Thus reinforcing the behavior. This is frequently acclimated by athletes. So apperception solutions or pre-running through upcoming, difficult, situations will abate the accent complex and actualize a acknowledged alleyway through the mind. This is abundant for ambidextrous with stress.

Take on Accent Like an Athlete

Love what you do: This was originally said by one of Australia’s aboriginal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts, John Will. The altercation is, Adulation what you do, not do what you love. The key is award affection in what you are doing. Ideally you will do what you love, but this is not consistently possible. Find one affair about what you’re accomplishing and apprentice to adulation it.

I’d like to change this up a bit: OWN what you do. Make aggregate you do abnormally yours; yield in the albatross and own it. This will achieve aggregate you do great.

You are what you achieve yourself: This is my own little philosophy. I came to this cessation recently. This is addition one of those things that I accept formed appear but could not bright the basal idea. It break down like this: You yield the attributes you ambition to actualize and you body them in yourself. Consistently admired you were smarter, achieve it happen. Ambition you were stronger, achieve it happen. Ambition you were rich? Achieve that bits happen. Ambition you were funny, gentle, kind? Find out what makes a being this way and actualize those characteristics. Create yourself as you wish to be. This follows forth with compassionate your goals. I’d like to do a accomplished column on this at a after time.

Your acceptance system: Compassionate yourself and what you angle for. Aplomb in who you are. Apperceive what you’re about. You charge a foundation for you to body your activity on. A acceptance arrangement differs from a ambition because it is the foundation that you body your goals on. What is it that makes your activity living? Is it accouterment a acceptable activity for your children? What about agriculture the athirst or healing the sick. A acceptance arrangement doesn’t accept to be world-changing; maybe you just wish the be the best being you can. If you accept an ultimate ambition in activity this will be your active force to achieve or survive anything.

Remain Calm: Above all else, BREATHE. One of the best things you can do to advance a able and airy apperception is to accumulate a air-conditioned head. If you can apprentice able diaphragmatic breathing you will go far. Able breath increases the bulk of oxygen in the arrangement which calms the afraid arrangement and helps you accumulate a bright mind, and a bright apperception is a strong, resilient, mind.(7)

Mental Backbone is a progression of cocky discovery. You charge to apperceive yourself, to be as able as you can be. As with concrete strength, this is an advancing process. You should anytime be improving.

What do you think?


1 Princeton Online, wordnetweb.princeton(dot)edu/perl/webwn?s=resilience

2 Apperception Disorders, minddisorders(dot)com/Kau-Nu/Nutrition-and-mental-health.html

3 Eades, Mary Dan M.D.; The Doctors Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals

4 Mark Sisson, Marks Daily Apple, marksdailyapple(dot)com/the-definitive-guide-to-sleep/#axzz23QPrH1ok

5 Harvard Online, Beddy-bye and Brainy Health, health.harvard(dot)edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2009/July/Sleep-and-mental-health

6 Accustomed News, naturalnews(dot)com/034699_mental_health_sleep_problems_schizophrenia.html

7 Anxiety Panic, Diaphragmatic Breathing, anxietypanic(dot)com/breathing.html