Mid-Week Motivation: Building Mental Toughness

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share some things with you that gave me some motivation this week!  I hope it does the same for you.  I was listening to a Run Buzz podcast about building mental toughness, and it really struck a chord with me.  The host, Steve Carmichael, was saying that you have to “embrace the suck”.  That statement made me laugh, but the more I thought about, the more I understood what it meant.  Not everything is going to be easy, and if you run from the challenges, you are never going to grow.  You have to face challenges head on and embrace them.  Yes, things in life are going to suck.  But, if you embrace them, you will be stronger because of them.  This can be used in any aspect of life.  But, since he was talking about running, he used an example of running hills.  Everyone knows hills suck, but if you run them, they are a tremendous help to building your strength. 

He also talked about how in order to get your mind mentally tough, you have to push across the boundary of what you thought was your limit.  This to me means that if you let your mind limit you, you will never do anything more.  But, like he said, “Our bodies will take us further than we ever thought possible, but only if our mind is willing to lead us there.”  I never thought that I could run 3 miles, and then I did.  Then, I never thought I could run 13 miles, but I did.  It was mind that I had to convince in order to do it.  I was listening to the “cant’s” in mind instead of the “cans” from my body.  And right now, while training for my first marathon, I still have can’t’s in the back of my mind.  But, I know that my body is capable of doing it, and I’m going to do it! 

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The last thing that I really liked that he said in this episode was that “The more you expose yourself to challenges with a positive attitude, the more you’re going to develop mental toughness to endure the challenges.”  You have to tackle challenges positively in order to grow from them.  If you are negative about it, you are not going to learn anything or grow from a challenge. 

I hope this gives you something to think about.  It sure did me!  If you want to listen to the entire podcast, you can find it here.  I highly encourage you to listen to this, even if you aren’t a runner, as his tips can be used in every aspect of life. 


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4 thoughts on “Mid-Week Motivation: Building Mental Toughness

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    This is awesome advice and soo difficult! Thanks for sharing- ill have to check out the podcast!

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      Your welcome! It is so hard! But it was interesting to listen to it. It really gave me some motivation.

  2. Steve Carmichael - RunBuzz

    Thanks so much for sharing the podcast episode and I am glad that you found is helpful. Keep up the great work on the blog and I look forward to following along.

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      Thank you so much for reading!! I love your podcasts!

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