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Oct 27, 2013

{Fit and Strong Day 27}: Develop a Strong Mind


What does it take to be called a person having a strong mind?  

Michael Hyatt, in his article says a person must possess these 5 key elements or characteristics to be considered tough minded.  
  • Confidence
  • Courage
  • Commitment
  • Control
  • Purpose
In fact, these are the traits that make up heroes and those people who make a big impact in society.  How does this translate to us ordinary folks?  Well, we are heroes in our own rights and we also have our own little battles to fight.  Having a tough, strong mind enables us to accomplish our goals in life.  

It's not just the body we need to strengthen, but the mind and will as well.  Sometimes, when body strength seem to almost fail us, it is the mind that propels us to keep going until we succeed.  If you've ever run in long races, you'll understand how strength of will enables a runner to finish the race despite the body telling him to already stop and rest.  

So how does one develop a strong mind?  It's not very much different from developing and strengthening those muscles.  You need to stress the muscles through exercise right?  But those muscles don't get buff in just one shot. You do it over and over. It is the same with the mind.  You have to learn to handle challenges or situations that come. You learn through each of them as you overcome them and succeed.  Remember the 4C's and a P above.  

Confidence is believing in yourself, that you can achieve what you set your mind to do.  It is also knowing what you are capable to do and acknowledging the little triumphs along the way boosts one's confidence.

Courage is facing your demons or the situation head on.  It is the will to go on even if it scares the hell out of you. 

Commitment is the dedication to see things through, no matter what the obstacles may be.  One must work hard, and even harder if the situation becomes even more challenging.  You don't throw in the towel simply because things are getting too difficult.  It is what makes you get up and try again when you fail.

Control is taking hold of yourself and the situation or challenges at hand.  It is not merely watching as things unfold, but you take an active part in it, being a key player and not just a spectator.

Purpose is what give us focus and depth.  Sometimes, we can easily get overwhelmed with things.  But having a beacon of light that guides us gives us something to reach out for.  Strong minded people never lose sight of their purpose.

Having a strong mind takes practice.  And one develops that by facing the challenges that are actually opportunities for us to grow.

This is Day 27 of Steps to Fit and Strong series.


  1. A well written post A! Developing a strong mind does not apply only when it comes to fitness alone but on how we handle our lives. The struggles, the persistence, that strong belief to hold and in believing we are doing the right thing. These elements are the same reasons why I set aside at least two days for fitness in a busy week no matter what because I want to live a healthy life not only for my kids but for myself as well. It is one of the things I would like them to remember and apply as they journey through life as well.

  2. I like this post, Aileen! It is really essential to have a strong mind. After all, our bodies easily get weak, so it's up to our minds to lift us up.

  3. Thank you Ms. Sarah. I commend you for your dedication to fitness. It is a gift to yourself and those around you. We both know our health histories, so, I guess we both know it goes deeper than just looking good on the outside right? I guess that sense of purpose is what gives us a kick in the butt when we backslide. :-)

  4. Yes sis, and it is the strong minded that gets things done. :-)

  5. I will keep this in mind, hehe. Strong mind is really essential because our mind is powerful. Whatever we think, that will likely to happen. Great posy as always sis.

    Mommy Maye

  6. Maybe by December I can already start exercising. I need these 4Cs and a P. :-)