Life just loves to throw us a curveball at the most unexpected moments. Knowing how to handle this is vital if you want to maintain your mental toughness. So just how do you handle things when the going starts to get really rough?

If you suddenly lose your job, your partner gets sick or a good friend dies, people expect you to toughen up and keep going. This isn't always as easy as it looks or sounds.

It will be much easier to handle if you have a good amount of mental toughness built-in. How much determination and passion do you currently have? If you don't have much then give yourself a goal that you passionately want. This gives you something to work towards and to look forward to achieving.

Areas in your life that you can work on to improve your mental toughness include having a more positive outlook on life. This is why it is important to have a goal to strive toward.

Goals could be moving to a house out in the country, or it could be to run a marathon. Set your goal and then do everything in your power to reach it. Of course, you don't want your goal to consume your life, but it should cause your levels of passion to rise.

For example, if you are training for a marathon you don't want to miss any training sessions. If a family member gets sick and requires your help just when you are ready to train. Go and help them but ensure that you take the time to fit in your training sessions. Do the sessions rather than let them slip by. You must keep moving!

When you possess mental toughness you demonstrate this in several ways. You always seem to be energetic and ready for anything. You don't let changes get you down, you just roll with the flow, so to speak. Plus you have a positive outlook on life and it is hard for you to suddenly get depressed.

While this may sound fantastic, it is not out of reach for you. Yes, it does take time to reach this point. But, if you are prepared to work hard and to stay focused on your goals and passions you can achieve this trait.

Life is always going to get in the way to some extent. It is not the event that is important but how you handle it.

And it's best to think of it like you're riding a bicycle. To maintain your balance, you must keep moving!

Can you do this? I'm sure you can.

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