5 habits to build mental strength in 2023

5 habits to build mental strength in 2023

After the last few years, I think most (if not ALL) of us are hoping 2023 will be a better one!

It’s been tough in many ways, for many people, but I think I can safely assume that we’re all hoping for more happiness and wellbeing, more travel and adventure, more success and accomplishment.

But, if we’re realistic, we’ll note that even in the best of years there will still be struggles and adversity; and so, even in the best or times we still need mental strength and ways to foster and develop it …

via Fast Company by SUNAINA SINHA HALDEA

We spend so much time looking after our bodies, but what do we do for our minds? We brush our teeth and go to the gym so that our teeth and muscles remain strong and healthy. But many of us do very little to proactively strengthen and train what may be our most important organ: the brain.

How do we build the mind’s strength so that it can withstand life’s twists and turns? In other words, how do we train the brain? 

I am the global head of private equity at Raymond James and I have spent more than a dozen years on a quest to train my brain. It continues to be a constant journey, but this much is for sure: The more I train my brian, the more benefits I receive daily. 

I am asked frequently by colleagues and friends, “How do I turn off my racing mind at night?” or “I can’t let go of this incident—how do I make peace with it?” Training your brain can help with these kinds of challenges. A strong mind can help you process feelings of anxiety, sadness, and anger and can help you embrace your full potential in your personal life and at work. 

Here are five habits to help any professional build mental strength in 2023.  

1. MEDITATION

Meditation has been my superpower for the past decade. I practice meditation daily and I also go to an annual Vipassana meditation course. It has become a centering force in my life and allows me to bring my emotional, mental, and physical state into balance each morning. Whether I am racing around the world for meetings, mentoring my team, or tending to my family and my three kids, it always starts with meditation to reset the mind and prepare it for whatever comes its way. 

Meditation is proven to benefit your physical health and your mental health. I have also found that meditation can help you control your thoughts and emotions, as opposed to your emotions controlling you—even if you’ve just had a project not pan out as planned or a heated argument with a colleague. Knowing that nothing externally needs to change in order for you to change your experience of that day will empower you like very little else can.  

I know that no matter what life throws at me, I can find my way to peace and calm. 

2. COGNITIVE LOAD REDUCTION 

In cognitive psychology, the term “cognitive load” refers to the amount of working memory resources that are being used at a given moment. Every six months I conduct a mental audit of all the repetitive tasks that are creating cognitive load that I can outsource or automate, both professionally and personally. That audit always makes me feel lighter and ready to spend the freed-up resources on high-impact projects…

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