So today I wanted to talk a bit about the importance about having mental strength and the importance of building it. It’s one of those things that gets over looked all too often. Sure, you can see a million motivational sayings about not quitting, staying consistent, or reaching your dreams. At the end of the day though, when it’s just up to you to either get the job done or to simply not, you need this mental strength.
I believe the mind should be treated just like another muscle in the body. You need to work it. The caveat to that however, is that it needs to be worked out every single day. You’re mind doesn’t need rest days like your muscles do, it can recover much quicker. In fact, giving your mind days off can be detrimental to your progress and ability to stay consistent. Your mind is literally built to stop you from doing things that make you uncomfortable. Built to make you crave fatty foods. Built for nothing more than survival and reproduction. Your mind still thinks you’re a caveman, not a modern society, civilized person. The sooner you understand that, the better.
Training your mind every single day will ensure that you keep your thoughts in check. It will keep you focused on your goals and tasks at hand, and will help you overcome the deafening begging of your mind telling you to stop doing something that makes you uncomfortable. It will allow you to overcome those survival instincts, thoughts, and reactions. It will give you the ability to control your life and influence the world around you rather than letting the world run your life. Instead of accepting your situation and the status quo, you can make a decision to change and progress.
This entire idea and thought exercise is wrapped up really nicely in a cool story…
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside of you – and inside every other person too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one you feed.”
So I want you all to remember that every single person alive today, and has ever lived before us, all have these traits. Some are evil, some are good. Some are useful for some situations but hold you back in others. Remember to always feed what you want to survive, what you want to win. Starve your negativity and self doubt and let them be defeated by your accomplishments, and growth.
You’re not getting any younger.