We often hear advice like, "Think positive, and good things will happen," or "Try your hardest, and eventually things will work out." While such words of wisdom certainly have merit, these well-meaning suggestions won't help you reach your goals if you're simultaneously engaging in unhealthy behavior. Recognizing and replacing the unhealthy thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that may be sabotaging your best efforts is the key to building mental strength.
Try comparing mental strength to physical strength. While a bodybuilder maintains his physique with good habits, like going to the gym, it's equally important for that bodybuilder to get rid of unhealthy habits, like eating junk food. An exercise regimen won't be effective in building lean muscle unless unhealthy eating habits are also eliminated.
Similarly, building mental muscle requires hard work, dedication and exercise. In addition to adopting healthy habits, avoiding detrimental habits-like negative thoughts, unproductive behavior, and self-destructive emotions-is also essential. ...[Continue reading on Psychologytoday]