18 Things Mentally Strong People Do

by | May 26, 2024 | Achieving Your Good Health, Reflections

Our lives can seemingly quickly and easily become unwound, crazy, and chaotic.

Sometimes we see something coming our way and can take appropriate steps to address it in positive ways. Other times it comes out of nowhere and is thrust upon us, leaving us to scramble and deal with it the best we can without any preparation.

It happens to all of us at one time or another. We don’t ask for it. It just comes, and we have to address it.


There is a huge, critical difference in being RE-active, or in being PRO-active.

RE-active leads to panic, stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and feelings of weakness, disempowerment, and confusion.

PRO-active is the opposite. Yes, the unexpected issues are still there, but instead of panic, anxiety, confusion and a sense of weakness, we are able to look inside ourselves and find our logic, our strength, our empowerment, our discernment, and our better judgement.

The resulting difference is 1,000%. Either we resign ourselves to being a helpless victim, or we don’t. There is no middle ground.

It’s like being pregnant. Either you are or you aren’t. There is no “sort of” pregnant.

Because life is hard, we can easily find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and helpless.

Because of this, we each need to learn and practice our personal life skills from an internal core of true strength and wisdom.

We all have this. You might not be aware of it, and you might even doubt that it exists within you, but it does.

Perhaps you weren’t taught how to access and develop that inner core of strength as a child or young person. Perhaps certain influences in  your life denied it, tried to tear you down and confuse and control you, to exert their own power over you. But if you look inside right now, you will find that it is there, just waiting for you to embrace it, and to wield it.

You need to uncover, dust off, clean up, and polish your inner strength, and give it your utmost attention, energy, and positive emotions. I say this from personal experience.

Make no mistake, you CAN wake it up and make it work for you – perhaps once again, or perhaps for the first time.

Yes, it takes time, patience, and practice. As a small child you did not stand up and immediately run a marathon. You learned to take one step at a time, and then another, and then to run, and then to run faster than those around you.

But no matter how young, or how old, you may now be, it’s important. It’s important enough for you to devote your efforts. You WILL find it 100% worthwhile in your life.

Your life is a precious, sacred, personal gift from God that belongs to you and to no one else.

When you really become the you that you are supposed to be, everything changes. You change inside, and everything in your outer world and experience changes too. Your life is a reflection of who you CHOOSE to be.

Ask us. At the Naturopathic European Medicine Centre in Stevens Point, we will share everything we know to make this inneer transformation work for YOU!

Why do we do this? Because it is a core principle of your healing and your return to both biological and emotional homeostasis (balance) … and to getting your life back.

The following traits and actions that mentally strong people do, has been compiled by Cheryl Conner and Amy Morin, and is presented here to be a source of inspiration as you begin to discover and develop your own inner strength: 

18 Things Mentally Strong People Do

  1. They move on. They don’t waste time and energy feeling sorry for themselves.
  2. They keep control. They don’t give away their power.
  3. They embrace change. They welcome challenges.
  4. They stay happy. They don’t complain, and they don’t waste energy on things they can’t control.
  5. They are kind, fair, and unafraid to speak up. They don’t worry about pleasing  other people.
  6. They are willing to take calculated risks. They weigh the risks and benefits before taking action.
  7. They invest their energy in the present. They don’t dwell on the past.
  8. They accept full responsibility for their past behavior. They don’t make the same mistake over and over.
  9. They celebrate other people’s success. They don’t resent that success.
  10. They are willing to fail. They don’t give up after failing. They see every failure as a chance to improve.
  11. They enjoy their time alone. They don’t fear being alone.
  12. They are prepared to work and succeed on their own merits. They don’t feel that the world owes them anything.
  13. They have staying power. They don’t expect immediate results.
  14. They evaluate their core beliefs, and  modify as needed.
  15. They expend their mental energy wisely. They don’t spend time on unproductive thoughts.
  16. They think productively. They replace negative thoughts with productive thoughts.
  17. They tolerate discomfort. They accept their feelings without being controlled by them.
  18. They reflect on their progress every day. They take time to consider what they’ve achieved and where they are going.

Cheryl Conner is an entrepreneur and communications expert from Salt Lake City, and founder of SnappConner PR. Her newsletter the Snappington Post is available at here website www.SnappConner.com

Amy Morin is a practicing psychotherapist and author living in the Florida Keys, After a series of personal losses, she learned that building mental strength is a lot like building physical strength. You need good habits, but it can take only one bad habit to limit your progress. You can subscribe to Amy’s Mental Strength Newsletter at her website www.AmyMorinLCSW.com