Do you consider yourself tough minded? Not sure? Ask yourself, are you able to carry on despite failure or adversity? Do you possess fortitude, persistence, and resilience whatever challenges may come your way? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are tough minded and this shows in your commitment to achieving your goals whatever the odds.
If, however, you do not consider yourself to be a tough minded person, you may want to work more on developing this trait to achieve your full success potential. Of course, being tough minded isn’t always easy for many of us. The level of focus and commitment required to stick to your goals through thick and thin is not easy to come by.
There are ways to become more tough minded, even if you consider yourself to be rather thin-skinned. Understanding that the past is not something that defines who you are is one way to view past mistakes in a different light. When you view the past as a learning experience rather than evidence of failure, you are developing resilience.
Another key to becoming more tough minded is to recognize that success is not about like. To the contrary, success is entirely under your control. It is the result of continued perseverance, seizing available opportunities, and maintaining a positive outlook. Success is also about building strong peer networks. This requires recognizing and supporting others’ success.
Other factors in becoming more tough minded include learning how to prioritize. The old adage to “work smarter, not harder” applies here. In addition to prioritizing and letting go of what is irrelevant, being tough minded also means adopting the right sort of language. To be tough minded, you have to speak like someone who is successful. This means no whining, complaining, or negativity.