Just because you did something yesterday, doesn't mean you can take it easy today, that's not how you get results.
Great, you actually took some action and did what was hard yesterday.
Whether that was taking time to go to the gym, go on a run or work on your business you had always wanted to work on.
Hell, maybe you were just trying to get that paper done in the class you're always behind in.
Congrats, but guess what? That first day of doing the "hard sh*t" was actually the easy day, the following weeks are the harder days.
Because it is easy to get out of your comfort zone once and then just retreat back into it after doing so because you are feeling good about yourself.
But if you go back right to where you started, what good does that do you? Not much.
The real challenge we need to face is the days after we make the initial move to change some aspect of our lives.
This is where mental endurance comes in.
If you are new to the blog, thanks for stopping by! With MMNTM (mo-men-tum) my goal is to help you level up your mind and mindset with effective "workouts." Much like you would train your body, this is the gym for your mindset, everything from your happiness and mental clarity to mental discipline and productivity. These are the things that have helped me the most and I love sharing them with you daily on yourmmntm.com/blog so be sure to stop out daily!
Now let's get back to what you started reading for.
Here's What to Expect
What is Mental Endurance?
The thing you face everyday but might have never heard of.
How many times has a similar situation happened to you... you start something that you have been excited about starting and then a few weeks later you are back in your old routines and habits because that is what is easier even though you now know it is doing you no good.
I will be willing to bet that this has happened to almost every single one of us.
Mental endurance is not the initial start of doing something new in your life, instead it is the continuation of doing that action and crafting a new mindset for yourself.
It is doing what is hard when that seems like the last thing you want to do and avoiding falling back into those old patterns or habits that you already know DON'T get you the results that you are looking for.
Many people I have seen just never take the time to work on their mental endurance and when the time comes for them to actually need it, they don't have it and fall victim to their old ways.
This is avoidable and very easy to practice if you really put in the time and practice what I am going to show you here. This is how you can set yourself apart from your peers and really make strides in improving any area of your life.
The Thing Causing Many People to Struggle With Results
And why they are struggling...
Their weak mindsets, plain and simple.
But who can blame them when we were all conditioned to do what is easiest in life and avoid any real hard work.
We sit on our phones and watch Netflix because that is what is easy, even though we know we have better things to do.
We go out and party because that is easier than saying "no" and actually getting some productive work done.
And we eat a ton of unhealthy food because that is easier than trying to cook or even find our own healthy food.
Always falling victim to what is easier, even after taking the first steps towards really changing some aspect of our lives.
This needs to change if we really want to get some results.
Why We Need Mental Endurance to See Results
No matter what area of your life you are looking for results in, this is going to help.
Well, unless you think the doing something for just a week or two is going to get you results, which it is not most likely, then mental endurance is everything when it comes to results.
If you don't have the right mindset to push through the hard times where you are doing all the work and seeing no results, then you are going to fall back into what is easier, it's that simple.
With a little bit of mental endurance you are able to trust the process a little more, focus on the work rather than the results and push through that initial period of struggle to see the results.
Literally anyone can power through for a few weeks or a month without much thought, it is when more months start to go by that it gets harder and hard top keep going when your mind keeps telling you that it is alright to take a break.
Just take this example: You have been grinding at the gym for a few months now, not eating anything bad and and then your mind starts to tell you that you deserve a little treat and can eat whatever you want this weekend.
Next thing you know, that energy follows you into the next week and before too long you are back in your old ways like nothing has even changed.
Why? Because that is what is easy for our minds to do, so that is what they will do.
You have to learn to override those thoughts of falling into the pattern of doing what is easy.
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How Our Lives Will Look After Improving Your Mental Endurance
This is one of the essential building blocks to our mindset.
Imagine being able to actually want to keep pushing through instead of being tempted every single day to go do what is easy.
Yes, that is what mental endurance can do for you.
I'm not saying that you are never going to be tempted again, actually far from that.
Rather, you are going to be tempted much less because every time you start working on something hard, you won't be tempted to stop.
I know that feeling too well, you start something and then an hour later you feel good about yourself and "take a break" which turns into an all night break and you don't get much done.
When we train our minds to be a little more resilient and endure some more, we are able to see the bigger picture, and not be tempted to veer off course as much.
So, how do you actually train your mind to do this? I will finally show you in the next section!
How to Actually Improve Your Mental Endurance
Almost every day I will bring you these "workouts" at the end of the articles to actually help you take action and change your mindset.
Because that is one of the major things I see missing in personal development, the actionable advice. Everyone has ideas and theories that are "up in the clouds," yet they never come down to Earth and give us some real ways to change.
And that is what MMNTM is for, to help you actually change in a unique and fun way, it's like taking your mind to the gym every day at yourmmntm.com/blog
Before I jump into the workout today, it is important that you do these things every single day, because that is the definition of mental endurance. It won't help if you just do these things when you feel like it.
Exercise #1: Cold Showers
Duration: 3-5 minutes
Notes: Make it uncomfortably cold, not just "colder than normal."
Exercise #2: Make Your Bed
Notes: Everyday, whether people are going to see it or not. Whether you are in a hurry or not. Make the bed.
Exercise #3: Clean Up Right Away
Notes: Make some food or just notice a mess? Start cleaning that up, even if it isn't yours, right when you notice it.
Exercise #4: Learn Something Everyday
Duration: 1 hour
Notes: Spend this time learning a new skill or just more about your niche, an essential habit to have.
Exercise #5: Meditate Everyday
Reps: 1-2x per day
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Notes: this one is hard to stick to for some as a lot of people have trouble sitting still with their thoughts, that is why it will help the most building mental endurance.
Wow, just like that another day on the blog is in the books! Thanks for all the support and if you enjoyed this or learned anything I just ask one thing: bring a friend back tomorrow! Time to make personal development more "normal" because it is at the foundation of every area of our lives. Stop back with a friend tomorrow-- yourmmntm.com/blog
Now be sure to actually put what you learned to use, don't just read about it and make yourself feel like you are taking action, actually take action!
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