Winning the mental and emotional game

What do you believe in? What is blocking you? What are you fighting with day in and day out? If you're an entrepreneur or a creator and you know that self-limiting beliefs are in the way of your success or that you regularly wish you could manage your emotions or master challenges of life better, then you're in the right place. Here I'll give you inspiration on how you can start developing emotional strength. 

At the end of the day, the success or the failure of entrepreneurship or a creative project come down to this:

Your emotional strength

Mind

What you think, day in and day out is a central element that can make or break your success. In order to be successful, you need to master your thoughts.

Emotions

You're not just a mind. Emotions are a central part of life as well and they are often misunderstood. Understanding and mastering them is key if you want to achieve any kind of success.

Tools and Strategies

You're not condemned to be at the mercy of your thoughts and emotions. They are tools and strategies you can use to be at peace with yourself and live the life of your dreams.

You can be as smart as you want and as skilled as you want if you don't master your thoughts and develop emotional strength you're going to give up and fail very fast. Here you can get a glimpse of what can be done to get back control over those two essential aspects of your being.

How can you develop emotional strength?

Regarding emotional strength, we're all different. Some of us are more resilient than others. But the good news is, you can develop it and can become extremely good at mastering your thoughts and emotions. There is more than one way to skin a cat, but it starts with acknowledging what your emotional strength and weaknesses are. How you react to external factors, the decision you make and how you filter information day in and day out is key. In the following free resources, you can understand what lies behind it. 

Ps: It's probably not what you think.

This is how emotional strength works


First, let's do a small emotional strength test


Take a piece of paper and a pen and answer those 4 questions for yourself, will you?

There's nothing to win. It's just for your own personal assessment so that you get an idea of where you're at at the moment.

1

On a scale from 1 to 10, when you're stuck in traffic after work, or someone cut the line at the supermarket, how likely are you to feel angry for more than 15 minutes?

2

When something doesn't work the way you expected - or went wrong -, on a scale from 1 to 10, how likely are you to blame someone else?

3

When you begin a new project, it's all unicorns and rainbows at the beginning, but a time might come where you'll have a learning plateau and frustration begins to feel really heavy. Again here, on a scale from 1 to 10, how likely are you going to give up?

4

When you know you should take an action that could enrich your life and boost your finances (in other words, something that has an indisputable value to you), but that you can't seem to make yourself do, what inner mental chatter goes on and on in your head? What do you think about yourself?

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Here is a possible emotional strength definition

Emotional strength can be also understood as emotional competence or emotional intelligence.

  • The capacity to acknowledge and accept your emotions when they arise.
  • The capacity to reflect on those and understand the mechanisms behind them.
  • The capacity to react appropriately to negative thoughts and turn them around to replace them with more constructive and positive ones.
  • The capacity to leverage emotions to work towards your goals.
  • The capacity to acknowledge the emotions of others and feel empathy.
  • The capacity for maintaining good relationships with others.

Why do I write about topics related to emotional strength?

I've gone a long way. Having faced tremendous adversity from a very young age to my early adulthood, I had two choices:

Whether feeling sorry for myself and give up - which I did periodically and had also many reasons to -, or fight for my right to feel happy, fulfilled and design a life that I truly want.

I chose the second option. Because in my mind, they weren't any alternative.

Having tried a lot of things I noticed along the way that there's something I never get tired of:

Helping and encouraging people to get out of their own way so that they can work towards their goals and feel happier in their daily life. ESPECIALLY when they aim for something big and more out of the ordinary like a business, or a creative project of any type like writing a book.

What you can expect to learn from me regarding the topics related to emotional strength and weaknesses

You'll get the basics for sure. Topics related to positive psychology, resilience, and all that kind of awesome stuff, but most of all, what you can expect from me is honesty. Even if I might be a little "tough love" sometimes.

That said, I want you to feel like a champion ready to tackle the next challenge when you visit my blog. 

Look, we're living in the Golden Age of self-development and all that marvelous resources we have at the tip of our fingers, but sometimes, the answer isn't always positive thinking or behaving like a Saint.

It's about being congruent and consistent, being courageous, accepting yourself and setting boundaries, getting back on your feet after a setback, behaving the best possible way, and foremost, living life on your terms and achieving great things you're excited about and proud of once they're done.

And it starts with assessing "what is", not talking yourself into an illusion.

Negative feelings are useful. And no, they aren't necessary nor pleasant. But they are a very good indicator of what's going on inside of you.

Whether because you need to change something external, or because you need to work on yourself and change your attitude.

Either way, trying to suppress those feelings with permanent distraction is a very bad idea. And speaking positive affirmations in front of the mirror isn't going to be enough. That said, I acknowledge that it's a very powerful exercise if done with conviction and if followed by actions. In a nutshell, you have to go a little bit deeper to be able to recognize which patterns your mind is reproducing again and again and how you can get out of it. 

Wouldn't it be great if you were able to feel happy and confident most of the time, as well as mastering skills like building a business, running a blog, or writing a book, like a boss? Without the permanent inner chatter, without the permanent doubts and the cyclical hopelessness?

There are many approaches to do this, and you might need more than one strategy to achieve what you want but most importantly, you need consistency. It depends on your flexibility, experiences and how long you've been dealing with one specific problem. But don't misunderstand me here: It doesn't have to take years. In fact, it can be way faster than you think. Just remember this:

What you believe is everything.

But you already knew that, don't you? So, the next step is to put everything in place to support yourself so that you start believing in yourself and your capacity to achieve things that go beyond the usual business. Once you do believe in yourself, you're pretty unstoppable.

So, knock yourself out. I'm here to help you on that journey. Also with an online coaching session if you need it.

You can do it!

Martha

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