What the Mentally Strong Don’t Do

by Sep 15, 2017

“Improving your emotional intelligence is the single most important thing you can do to advance your career. The good news is that you can make it happen with a little determination, effort, and a good model to follow.”

-Travis Bradberry

Stress and difficult situations are bound to be a part of any job, and any facet of one’s life. It’s a common misconception that the ability to handle these situations is something individuals naturally have; in reality, staying mentally strong is a conscious effort. In his article 13 Things Mentally Strong People Won’t Do, Travis Bradberry outlines some of the best practices in overcoming life’s challenges. Grit is a learned behavior, and with conscious effort, one can strengthen their own determination, tenacity, and perseverance. Here are some of our favorite points:

  • They don’t stay in their comfort zone: You can’t grow without feeling some amount of discomfort. Additionally, opportunities and improvements can and do exist very often outside of one’s comfort zone. Working on one’s self and realizing that there are areas that need improvement is not a comfortable experience, but it’s a necessary one.
  • They treat people well: This one is kind of a no-brainer, but it’s important nonetheless. People who struggle with emotional intelligence will often treat others badly because they’re feeling insecure themselves. They don’t have the grit to be nice when they don’t feel like it. We should always strive to be kind to those around us, but it’s important to maintain our support systems as well. Emotionally intelligent people realize the value in treating others respectfully and kindly, and fell good about themselves in turn.
  • They don’t get eaten up by jealousy and envy: Others’ success doesn’t take away from our own, and emotionally intelligent individuals understand this. When we rise above jealousy, we’re able to be happy for those around us which helps us to feel better about ourselves too.

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