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How to Develop Mental Toughness in Business

Building and growing a company is hard, time-consuming and very, very stressful process. Being mentally tough is essential for every entrepreneur. Otherwise it will be impossible to handle the stress, the pressure and uncertainty, which the startup world offers. There are some things, which you can do in order to improve your mental strength, and here you can find five great tips that will help you achieve it.

Stay at the present moment. As an entrepreneur, you probably have faced many setbacks and failures. In order to keep your mental strength, you should be able to concentrate on the lessons that you’ve learned from these mistakes, not on the failure itself. Many entrepreneurs are afraid not to fail again and base their business decisions on this fear.

Don’t focus on the past failures, stay at the present moment and you will have better judgement on the situation, which can save you a lot of stress.

Avoid negative people. The people you surround yourself with have great impact on your  work performance. It is important to avoid unnecessary negativity. People, who tend to see the bad side of everything and constantly complain, will drain your energy and will cause you even more stress. Chose to work with people, who have realistic view over your business, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.

Rethink what your critics say. Many people take every critique too personally. As an entrepreneur, you will have many critics and if you choose to obsess over everything they say to you, you will be always stressed. You can’t please everyone. There are some critiques, which can help you improve your business, but not all of the critics have good intentions. Rethink everything that people tell you before you change the way you see the specific situation.

Give yourself time. Don’t rush to take important decisions in short amount of time. Give yourself enough time to think, to reevaluate every situation and avoid taking decisions when you are tired. Often entrepreneurs take crucial decisions under time pressure, which can be exhausting. In order to keep your right judgement, always give yourself time before you take important decisions.

Accept what you can’t control. There are many things, which we can’t control. Never stress about the things that you can’t change. Try to find the opportunity in the given circumstances. Work with what you have and you will keep your mental toughness and strength.

─ May 21, 2015