Achieving success, whatever that may mean to you and your unique concept of what constitutes success, requires discipline, consistent effort and mental toughness. You need daily discipline, to ensure that you take the action you need to take every day to achieve the outcomes you want and mental toughness to allow you to endure adversity and setbacks along the way. When you accept that any worthwhile success journey will be filled with challenges, but that these challenges are never reasons to give up, rather only reasons to learn grow and expand. You equip yourself to eventually realize any goal you set for yourself.

Action Idea: Whenever any challenges cross your path, whilst you are traveling along the path to the success you desire, ensure you are prepared to be mentally tough and handle anything, which may come your way. Mental toughness and fortitude will help you to:
Manage any challenges or trouble, which may come your way.
Press on despite your plans not working out exactly the way you wanted

See any criticism as only a source of feedback. You will never allow someone else’s opinion to dictate your thoughts or direction

Believe in yourself and know your strengths and weaknesses
Take charge of your life and accept 100 % responsibility for creating the future success you desire.

Mental toughness and a dogged determination to succeed are crucial on any success journey. If you feel that you give up too easily in the face of any adversity, it is crucial that you work to improve your mental toughness. The way to improve your mental toughness and determination to succeed starts with you first taking charge of your own success and accepting that you cannot ever blame anyone or any external circumstances for any challenges, roadblocks or setbacks, which you may encounter, ever again. As long as you follow a blame culture, where everyone other than you is responsible for any challenges or setbacks, you dis-empower yourself and accept that you have no power to change anything.

When you accept responsibility or said differently, you take charge of your future, no external factors control your destiny. Yes, external circumstances or factors over which you have no control may cause delays and force you to do things a little differently, but they are all you have. So blaming and pointing fingers at the circumstances in your life, is as effective as cursing the sun, wind and rain, when that is all you have. Many people have achieved great success during the past few years, despite the challenging external economic circumstances. Even during the great depression from 1929 – 1933, there were people who became incredibly successful. It is never the circumstances you face, which determines your level of success, but rather how you adapt to and utilise your current circumstances to achieve the outcomes you want. The way you future turns out is not up to your environment, but rather up to how you use your circumstances to achieve what you want.

Empower yourself right now and accept that you can achieve greatness, despite any external circumstances and take charge of your future. The moment you stop being a victim of your circumstances and accept that you can and will succeed in any environment, you become a champion of your life and nothing can stop you. Do not give anyone or anything any power over your life; nothing should hold any sway over how your future turns out. You are the captain of your future and “NO-THING” should ever be allowed to stop you.

Becoming mentally tough is often the final piece in the success puzzle. I do not know any successful people, who are not mentally tough. So if you want success in your future, mental toughness is not an option, it is a necessity. Invest energy into gradually building your mental toughness, by placing yourself on a diet of responsibility, where you finally take charge of your future, one small moment of responsibility at a time and you have the power to create any success you want.

Author's Bio: 

Andrew is an expert and master teacher that speaks and teaches self-leadership, expanded awareness, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. He guides individuals and business professionals, to identify, prioritise and carry out the right activities, consistently, so that they can maximise their personal effectiveness and deliver their best; on time, every time. All the tools and techniques Andrew teaches; have been tested in the laboratory of his own life and the many successful businesses he has owned and led, over the past 20 years. These strategies have seen Andrew achieve financial independence and reach a point of harmonious balance in all areas of his life. His purpose is to help as many people as possible, achieve similar or better results and to show them how they can realise their full potential, both personal and professionally and to help them live a meaningful life, where they are fulfilled in all areas.