Mental Toughness

As I work through the training for my vertigo, I keep remembering what my vestibular therapist said last week. Her words were, “This requires mental toughness. It’s like running a marathon 20 minutes, twice a day.”

When I use the BrainPort to retrain my brain (using techniques of neuroplasticity) to change how my brain adapts to my lack of vestibular function, it’s agony. By the time I’m done with the first 15 minutes, my calves are screaming, my (flat) arches are dying, my toes are clawed into the pillow, and I cannot wait until the 20 minutes are over. And, if I give up before the 20 minutes are up, if I open my eyes, if I stop before the 20 minutes are up, I don’t get the benefit of the training.

Having sufficient mental toughness and emotional resilience is necessary for my improvement and adaptability.

I’ve been thinking about mental toughness and how some people have it and some don’t. It’s related to self-esteem. If you don’t have enough self-esteem, can you have enough mental toughness? I suspect not.

So how do you build your self-esteem? By taking small steps and succeeding. That success shows you that you are worth the work. I do this by taking control over a small thing and succeeding. Maybe for you, it’s making sure a group can work together, whether that group is a family or a team. Maybe it’s solving a problem. Maybe it’s doing one small something around the house or at work.

Whatever it is for you, it’s living your values. You are taking one step in being congruent in your actions and reactions. By seeing the reality and staying in the here and now, not the there and then. By asking for help when you need it and accepting the gift when it’s offered.

Mental toughness is necessary for adaptability. And, self-esteem is necessary for mental toughness. So, what do can you do today to build your self-esteem, so you can build your mental toughness?

 

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