Contributed by Denise Daub
1. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair.
2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad.
3. Shy Away from Change. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.
4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.
5. Worry About Pleasing Others. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up.
6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks.
7. Dwell on the Past. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.
8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes.
9. Resent Other People’s Success. It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success.
10. Give Up After Failure. Every failure is a chance to improve. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.
11. Fear Alone Time. Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone.
12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game.
13. Expect Immediate Results. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way.
Sounds like the characteristics of a mentally healthy and happy person, doesn’t it?