What simple habits can people adopt to help them build mental strength? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Laurel Wassner, Ironman Champion and Cancer Survivor, on Quora:

I think the best way to have mental strength and to be able to draw upon it when you need it most is to always (try) to remain positive. I think positivity is the key to mental strength. Here are some guidelines I strive to live by:

  • I CAN AND I WILL. Permanently remove "I can't" from your vocabulary. Replace it with, "I will try". Don't go into something already feeling defeated. You never know what may happen. The week before my Ironman win I had a terrible race, maybe my worst performance ever. I almost let that defeat me and was on the verge of canceling my Ironman. But, I told myself I had to at least give it a try. I'm glad I did!
  • SMILE. Even in the toughest moments in racing and training, I try to crack a smile. Try it, it will instantly lift your mood and help you get by a tough point.
  • BE OPEN. Open-minded, open-hearted, open to change. Stick to your core values, but be open to suggestions. Listen, discover, and seek out new opportunities.
  • HAVE CONFIDENCE. Remember, you can and you will!

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Published on: Mar 27, 2018