You’ve probably thought about exercising more for years — or at least every January. But how often have you considered becoming more mentally fit?

I’m not just talking about doing a crossword puzzle to combat dementia. I’m talking about becoming mentally strong. When you do, you’ll likely be better equipped to regulate your thoughts, manage your emotions and boost your productivity.



Instead of focusing on their burdens or what they don’t have, mentally strong people take stock of all the great things they do have. There are a whole host of ways to practice gratitude, but a simple way to start is to think of three things you’re grateful for each day. You can also start a gratitude journal to jot down all the good things you experienced throughout the day or adopt gratitude rituals like giving thanks before a meal.

Say “NO”

Difficulty in saying no can lead to stress and burnout, and many mentally strong people know that and think critically before accepting every social invitation or helping colleagues out on projects. This way, they can make sure to complete their own work first and not overextend themselves.

Delaying Gratification

Delaying gratification could be paramount to success. That’s why people with mental strength have the strength to think long-term and do just that. They know that results only take place after they’ve put in the time and effort.


Mentally strong people avoid blaming others for their mistakes or shortcomings. They take full responsibility for their actions. Doing so means they don’t give power to others, remain stuck or become negative people.


Becoming mentally strong doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s worth the journey. It can make you — and your business — resilient enough to withstand anything life throws at you.