Hello everyone! My name is Brent Morris. I’m extremely excited and grateful to become part of the Forge-RX Family. Today I wanted to touch on the topic of mental toughness. Most everyone will probably automatically picture Navy Seals and think to themselves, “Man, I could never do what they do.” And that’s okay because not everyone has that drive to become a Seal. (Side note: I can’t speak on behalf of the Seals because I’ve never been through what they have. I just know they are tough as nails, but you knew that too.) Just because you don’t have the mentality of a Seal doesn’t mean you are mentally weak. We just have different stressors than that of the Seals, as well as different drives/motivations. So to me mental toughness is consistently being discipline in something you are passionate about. Waking up to go to work requires it (I know you’re saying, “But I have to do that.” No you don’t. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. I’m not saying to quit your job, but I’m just sayin’) Making sure the kids get to class, practice, recitals, etc. requires mental toughness. Being disciplined in your nutrition and workout schedule requires mental toughness. All of these little day things that develop into a routine came to be this way in part of our abilities to develop a mental capacity. Sometimes though, we can overload that mental capacity by trying to juggle too much at once which can lead down a rabbit hole. How can we avoid this? I’m a big believer in K.I.S.S. (For those of you who read that last S as Stupid just know that I’m not calling you stupid. I read the last S as, let’s say Student because we can always learn something). Anyways, we can avoid falling down this metaphorical rabbit hole by choosing one or two things we are the weakest at and doing them everyday. After two weeks it’ll become a habit and you can pick one to two new goals to do everyday. For all of you wrestling fans out there I’ll throw in a quote from Mr. Dan Gable. “If it’s important, do it everyday.” This will help us to create good habits. For example, something I struggle with is road rage. Not psycho road rage, but just being impatient with other drivers behind the wheel. If I find myself starting to get annoyed I find a way to make the situation funny. If a car gets right on my tail and they zoom around me it used to piss me off (for some petty reason), but now I just smile and wave like an idiot while saying “bye”(As soon as they’re out of sight of course. You never know with people these days). If I’m late for an appointment I don’t tailgate and get mad at other drivers for driving safely anymore. Now I own up to the fact that I’m late because of my own mistakes. Some other examples include flossing everyday, telling your significant other that you love them everyday, and so on. Creating good habits and being disciplined in those habits is how we can develop our mental toughness. Find your why and set your goals. It may not be Seal tough, but then again you’re not a Seal are you?
– Brent Morris, Trainer at Forge-Rx