10 Things Mentally Tough People Do

10 Things Mentally Tough People Do


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To be mentally tough requires discipline. We all reach a critical point in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. Perhaps we are in a dead-end job, or in a struggling relationship. Either way, whatever the challenge, you need to be strong to see things through a new lens and take decisive action if you want to move through this phase successfully. While it may sound easy, being mentally tough, particularly during moments of our life where we feel stuck, can be pretty hard. It requires the ability to break the mold, and take a bold, new direction.

Thomas Edison can be viewed as a classic example of mental toughness. When his factory burned to the ground in 1914, destroying one-of-a-kind prototypes and causing $23 million in damage, Edison’s response was simple, ‘Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start fresh again.’ His reaction is the epitome of mental toughness – seeing an opportunity and taking action when things look bleak.

This is what it takes to be a mentally tough person.

1. They’re emotionally intelligent

Emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of mental toughness. After all, you cannot be mentally tough without the ability to fully understand and tolerate strong, negative emotions, and do something productive with them. When we encounter moments that test our mental toughness, ultimately, we are testing our emotional intelligence (EQ).

2. They’re confident

Henry Ford’s notion couldn’t ring truer: ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.’ Which basically states that your mentality has a powerful effect on your ability to succeed. A recent study, conducted at the University of Melbourne, showed that confident people went on to earn higher wages and get promoted more quickly than others did. Confidence in mentally tough people inspires others and helps them to make things happen.

3. They neutralize toxic people

It can be frustrating and exhausting to deal with difficult people. But mentally tough people control their interactions with toxic people by keeping their feelings in check. When they need to confront a toxic person, they approach the situation rationally, identifying their emotions, without allowing anger or frustration to fuel the chaos. They also consider the other person’s standpoint and are able to find common ground and solutions to problems. When things derail, mentally tough people avoid letting a toxic person bring them down.

4. They embrace change

Mentally tough people adapt easily. They are aware that fear of change can be paralyzing and a major threat to their success and happiness. Mentally tough people seek change that is lurking around the corner, and form a plan of action should these changes occur. You need to have an open mind and open arms if you are going to recognize change and capitalize on the opportunities that change creates.

5. They say no

The more difficulty you have in saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Saying no is sometimes, a healthy option. When it’s time to say no, mentally tough people do not use phrases like, ‘I don’t think I can’ or ‘I’m not certain’, they say no with confidence. A mentally tough person also knows how to exert self-control by saying no to themselves. They generally tend to delay gratification and avoid impulsive actions that cause harm.

6. They are aware that fear is the number one source of regret

A mentally tough person knows that in the end, they are more likely to regret the chances they didn’t take, far more than the failures they will encounter. Dwelling on your mistakes makes you anxious while forgetting about them makes you more likely to repeat them. Find a balance by transforming your failures into a means of improvement. This creates a tendency to get right back up every time you fall down.

7. They embrace failure

The road to success is paved with failure, and mentally tough people know this. No one ever experienced true success without first embracing failure. Your mistakes reveal the wrong path that you have taken, paving the way to success. And the biggest breakthroughs typically come when you are feeling the most frustrated, and the most stuck. This frustration forces you to think differently, to look outside the box and see what you’ve been missing.

8. But they don’t dwell on mistakes either

Where you focus your attention determines your emotional state. Fixating on problems you’re dealing with creates and prolongs negative emotions and stress, hindering performance. When you focus on actions to better yourself, and your situation, you create a sense of personal efficacy. This produces positive emotions and improves performance. Mentally tough people distance themselves from their mistakes, yet they do not forget the mistakes they’ve made either. They, therefore, keep their mistakes at a safe distance, while keeping them handy enough to refer to. Through this skill, they are able to adapt and adjust for future success.

9. They won’t let anyone limit their joy

If your sense of pleasure and satisfaction is derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. Mentally tough people feel good about what they do and won’t let another’s opinions or accomplishments bring them down.

10. They don’t limit the joy of others

A mentally tough person doesn’t pass judgment on others. In their eyes, everyone has something to offer and they don’t need to take other people down in order to feel good about themselves. When you compare yourself to other people, jealousy and resentment can take over. Mentally tough people don’t waste their time or energy, worrying whether they measure up to others.



PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FROZEN PIPES – With the arrival of cold temperatures, Lincoln Water System (LWS) reminds property owners to take steps to protect pipes from freezing and avoid costly damage or high water bills.  LWS officials say the most common problems involve lawn irrigation systems that have not been properly winterized.  The pipe or backflow device can freeze and break.  Pipes can also freeze along exterior walls, in poorly insulated structures and in unheated basements, crawl spaces, attached garages and cabinets.

LWS recommends the following precautions:

  • Properly drain and winterize lawn irrigation systems.
  • Remove hoses from exterior faucets.  Most newer homes have freeze-proof faucets which drain water when the hose is removed.  Older homes may have a valve inside the home that can be shut off.
  • Make sure all areas with plumbing are heated.  Space heaters should only be used according to manufacturer instructions and only when supervised.
  • If pipes are concealed in accessible spaces near exterior walls, open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to reach the pipes.
  • Heat tape should be installed according to manufacturer instructions or by a licensed plumber.
  • Running a small amount of water from a kitchen or bathroom faucet for short intervals will usually keep pipes from freezing.  About one cup of water every minute is recommended.
  • Locate the water shut-off valve in advance to allow immediate access if there is a leak or break in the plumbing system.  The valves are usually near the water meter.

If your pipes freeze, LWS recommends contacting a licensed plumber to locate the problem and safely thaw and repair any broken pipes.  Never use a flame or high heat device to thaw pipes as this may damage piping or cause a fire.

For more information on LWS, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: water).



ATTENTION: Features, Arts/Entertainment, Calendar Editors
WHEN: Nov. 3 through Feb. 16, 2018
WHERE: Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St.
PHOTO: A high-resolution color photo is available at https://go.unl.edu/z525. Cutline information is provided below.

Lincoln, Nebraska, Oct. 26, 2017 – All types of Great Plains animals from bison to horses and cranes to dogs will appear in sculpture, prints, photographs and paintings in the new exhibition “Collection Critters,” which runs Nov. 3 through Feb. 16 at the Great Plains Art Museum.

Viewers will encounter several species of interest to conservation. Wildlife art can serve as a catalyst for discussion about conservation that goes beyond simply a documentary or aesthetic practice. Loss of habitat is the single greatest threat to remaining populations of pronghorns, wolves, bison, mountain lions and prairie chickens. These animals typify species severely threatened in contemporary times or ones that were once on the verge of extinction, but have since rebounded to sustainable levels.

“The show is a great opportunity to see animals from an artist’s perspective,” curator Melynda Seaton said.

“Collection Critters” includes works by world-recognized artists of the American West such as Karl Bodmer, John James Audubon and Charles M. Russell. Several Nebraska artists, including Cliff Hollestelle and Ben Darling, are also featured.

The exhibition’s opening reception will take place during Lincoln’s First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Food and drink will be served. The family-friendly night will include an animal matching activity with prizes.

The Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St., is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Free guided tours are available. Please request tours via the museum’s website, http://go.unl.edu/plainsart by completing a tour request form.

4-in-1 flu shot may mean lifelong protection against the flu 

A vaccine combining centralized ancestral genes from four major influenza strains appears to provide broad protection against the dangerous ailment, according to new research by a team from the Nebraska Center for Virology.

Source: 4-in-1 flu shot may mean lifelong protection against the flu | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

First Friday – Nov 3rd in Lincoln

Next month’s First Friday is almost here and promises to be filled with Thanksgiving-themed events and, as always, incredible art.
To view the November listing

Metro Gallery

1316 N. St. Suite 101 | 3:00-7:00

Metro Gallery is pleased to have in the feature gallery for the month of November, the paintings of Jean Danielson, opening/reception on First Friday November 3 from 3 to 7 PM.

Nonprofit Hub will feature for November local artist Amber Roland and student. A creative mixed media show is in store for you. 211 N 14  3rd floor. Opening/reception 5 to 7 on First Friday.


Source: First Friday

Todd Williams Presentation and Book Signing

Painting a Legacy with Todd Williams Presentation and Book Signing
at Homestead National Monument of America

Homestead National Monument of America will host artist, Todd Williams for a presentation and book signing at the Homestead Education Center on Sunday, November 5, at 2 p.m. In honor of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial year, Williams will give a presentation about his journey to “paint one or more Masterful Paintings of each county in Nebraska.”

Starting October 27, 2017, through January 7, 2018, 26 of the Todd William’s paintings will be on display at the Homestead Education center. The paintings in this exhibit will highlight the counties from southeast Nebraska. This exhibit is made possible through the support of the Friends of Homestead who are sponsoring the showing of this exhibition at Homestead.

Todd’s vision is to give recognition and awareness to the State of Nebraska and bring its beauty and history to life on canvas. Photos of his collection of paintings titled “Legacy of Nebraska” have been compiled into a book that helps share Todd’s vision.  The book can be purchased through Homestead’s bookstore.  They will be available after the November 5 program for signing books. Everyone is welcome to attend this community event. Admission is free.

“We are excited to host Williams at the monument. We look forward to joining him in celebration of the State of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial,” stated Superintendent Mark Engler. “We hope the citizens of Nebraska and beyond know they are invited to learn more about our state through Todd Williams’s work.”

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2017. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free.

EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA TM – The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Source: 2017 Fall & Winter Events – Homestead National Monument of America (U.S. National Park Service)

lincoln.ne.gov | Cleaner Greener Lincoln > Lincoln Environmental Action Plan

Mayor Beutler’s Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative has emerged as a strong supporter and promoter of living sustainably in Nebraska’s capital city. In addition to funding sustainable projects, the initiative has supported many community events including Earth Day, Complete Streets, Biketacular, Bike to Work Day, and Celebrate Lincoln.

Source: lincoln.ne.gov | Cleaner Greener Lincoln > Lincoln Environmental Action Plan

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