Being an entrepreneur is tough. Clients
will test your patients. Vendors or suppliers will challenge you. Employees may
not perform as expected. You might lose an important account or find yourself
losing confidence in your ability to reach your goals. Mental toughness can get
you through these sorts of issues, but you also need
mental endurance in order to keep facing those obstacles as you meet them.
Here are five ways that you can build mental endurance while holding true to
your beliefs and sticking with your passion for your idea.
1. Identify Your Fears
Before you can face your fears, you need to
identify them. Maybe the idea of giving a speech in front of 500 business people
scares you, but you don’t know why. Imagine yourself in the situation. Think
about what feels uncomfortable. It could be the attention, fear of saying the
wrong thing, fear of making a mistake or even fear of tripping over your own
two feet. Once you know what you’re afraid of, face the fear head-on. Little by
little, expose yourself to your fears.
2. Move on From Failures
One bad result should never get in the way
of your next opportunity. You also shouldn’t let one failure get in the way of
your dreams. Self-pity has no place in business. It serves no purpose. Look at
your failure as a bump in the road. As time passes, that bump will seem smaller
and smaller until it completely fades into the scenery of everything that you
have accomplished. A great example of this is in playing poker. You won’t win
every hand but those poker
players who have the mental endurance to stick to their game plan will have
a much higher chance of winning over time.
3. Avoid Reacting
You can’t develop mental endurance if
you’re constantly reacting to everything that happens. Reacting to everything
is exhausting. Focus on leveling your emotions. When you’re able to maintain a
levelheadedness, you have more energy to do what needs to be done. Shift your
focus of attention away from the drama. Interpret the event in a different way.
For example, if you discovered that a competitor just wooed your top client, a
strong emotional reaction is natural but not productive. Refocus on what
happened. See it in a different way. You can also actively alter the negative
aspects of the event and turn them into actionable steps that deliver positive
4. Keep an Open Mind
Mental endurance requires an ability to be
open to new ideas and new information. It’s possible that new data or a new
technology could come your way. If you’re open to trying it, you could reap the
rewards. When you’re stubborn and set in your ways, it’s difficult to adapt to
problems. You might not see the opportunities that come your way. An open mind
also allows you to respond quickly when action is needed.
5. Ignore What Doesn’t Matter
Not every piece of information you come
across in a day will be useful. It’s okay to let go of the mental clutter. You
can’t worry about everything. Thinking about the minutiae will overwhelm and
exhaust your brain. By letting go of what is trivial, you can focus your
limited time, energy and resources on the aspects of your life and your business
that will make the biggest impact going forward.