According to Forbes the major factors to get the success in business are BQ (Body Intelligence), MQ (Moral Intelligence), and EQ (Emotional Intelligence). This means if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you must have the mental strength to take control over your body and mind.
Yes, that’s right. In every part of life — from your education to your health to your work — it is your amount of patience and mental strength that predict your height of success more than any other factor you can find.
And, of course, it’s good news since we can’t do much about the genes we were born with. However, we can do a lot to improve our mental strength. If knowing this makes you excited, you’re not alone.
What the heck is Mental Strength?
Many of us think that mental strength is about how we react to extreme situations. Did he bounce back after his business went bankrupt? Can she keep her life together while suffering the death of a family member? How did he perform in the final of the championship?
Of course, there’s no doubt that extreme circumstances test our perseverance, courage, and mental strength … but what about everyday situations?
We all know that mental strength is an abstract quality; however, in the real world, it’s linked to real actions which mean we need to prove this by doing something in real life.
So, is there any guaranteed formula to follow? Is there any “one-size-fits-all” model to become mentally strong?
Nope. You can’t think that one fine morning you will magically become a strong-minded person. At the end of the day, it’s your physical actions that verify your mental strength.
Mental strength is also like a muscle. It must be worked to grow and develop. If you don’t force yourself in many small ways, there is no doubt that you’ll wear out when things get tough.
Yes, mental strength is built through small wins. And in hundreds of tiny ways you need to prove to yourself that you have enough mettle to get in the ring and do mêlée with life.
And it’s our choices that we make on a daily basis that develops our “mental strength muscle.”
You don’t need to be more intelligent, more talented, or more courageous to become a strong-minded person; you only need to be more consistent. Individuals who are mentally strong and have control over their body and mind develop systems that aid them to focus on things no matter how many barriers life puts in front of them. In fact, it is their habits that shape the source of their mindset and eventually set them apart.
How have I developed my mental strength?
My mission is clear: I want to lead a happier life and wish to make a difference in the world.
To that end, as a member of a community, I consider it as my duty to equip you with the best strategies, ideas, and information so that you can prepare yourself to make a bigger impact on your life and work. And I firmly believe the practice of Intermittent Fasting (IF) can give you that edge through which you can improve not only your body energy, health, and outlook but also boost your brain power and mental strength. It works for me, and it will work for you.
Yes, you have every right to ask, can the benefits of fasting be so wide-ranging? Yes, they can, and they are. As a matter of fact, we are so much more than a physical body and IF can have an effect on every part of our being.
If you are following me for a while, you know that I already have written some in-depth blog posts on Intermittent Fasting. There I have discussed how to optimize your performance with nutrition and how IF helps you to gain muscle and lose weight. I also have discussed how to maximize the effectiveness of your workouts and keep you motivated and how to go deep into a fasted training session to sense the dash of adrenaline course through you like a tidal wave.
Nearly every post I have written so far on IF has focused mainly on the physical benefits that it can provide; however, what is funny about this whole thing is that the advantages of this practice go way beyond just physical.
As a matter of fact, one of the biggest benefits IF can offer you is not physical at all. The main advantages that I have observed since practicing this full dietary shift into my lifestyle are how it’s influenced me mentally.
There is no doubt that IF can do a fantastic job on energy level, cellular repair, and fat loss; but having said that, neither of those benefits is as vital as how this practice can help us mentally. And that is because this benefit of IF offers what I’ve identified as being the most important thing you can ever achieve: MENTAL STRENGTH
What does research say about the psychological effects of fasting
Scientists at the National Institute on Aging, led by Mark Mattson, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and the chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging, think that Intermittent Fasting causes more stress on the cells, but in a good way. They said, when people intermittently fast, there is an increase in adaptive stress responses which is good for maintaining the brain. Mattson explained some mechanism through which, he says, IF can not only improve markers for blood sugar levels and cardiovascular health but also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and improve brain function, as well as other age-related cognitive problems. He further added, regardless of age, regular doses of moderate hunger can make a person sharper. In 2009, research conducted by Michaelson er. Al. revealed that fasting reduces depression and anxiety within a few days. He said, when we fast, our bolides discharge chemicals to protect our brains from the adverse effects and helps to boost the mood.
A lot of research is being done in this field though still a great deal to be done to understand why and how fasting affect us; but there is no doubt among the scientists that fasting can make a positive effect on the body, brain, and mind.
So, studies say that fasting can make a difference in mood and strength, but what the heck does IF have to do with mental toughness? Can it help to keep the focus day in, day out, year after year? Can it contribute to see things from a clearer and more positive attitude? Can it truly lend a hand to grow mental strength? And, most of all, can it help to be a better entrepreneur?
What successful entrepreneurs think about IF
Geoffrey Woo, CEO and co-founder of Nootrobox, says, “we stop eating Monday night and are super productive on Tuesdays.” He mentioned that initially, it was tough to adopt it as part of the company culture, but ultimately it works not only as a money-saving move but also improves their workplace focus and concentration. Like Woo, other entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley tech world are using IF and sometime Memory Supplements in an attempt of “hacking” their brain chemistry to give themselves an edge to come up with the next billion-dollar idea. (If you want to know more about this, click here.)
Yes, controlling hunger will boost your mental strength
Maybe you are thinking that, okay, so IF can improve mental strength and helps people focus on big picture goals, but how does it work, right?
Well, fasting is not simply an extrication between the food and human body. It’s about making a link between you and your spirit. You are controlling your mind not to become a slave to your physical body and its desires and that is really powerful.
You build up the capacity to tell your body that it does not control you, rather, you control it. You grow the ability to say “no” when your body begins to generate hunger pangs to beg you to feed it. Your stomach does not choose when or what you eat, you choose that.
You ultimately start to get used to the pain of going without food for over 16 hours or more. And did you know that getting accustomed to enduring pain is the best way to become mentally tough?
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From a neuroscience perspective, this is in combination with the reality that the bulk release of norepinephrine that Intermittent Fasting can generate will make you feel much more inspired every day.Yes, by getting used to the pain of depriving yourself of food for long periods of time, consistently you are making your mind stronger.
Being mentally tough and being inspired go hand in hand with each other. In other words, if you’re consistently inspired as hell to succeed, it will be really tough to be a mentally weak individual.
That’s why it drives me nuts when gym bros blow their own horn about taking over 5000 calories a day or taking over 6 meals a day. They say that their mass-calorie diet needs a great deal of ‘hard work’ and mental strength to stick on.
Well, the last time I checked, eating loads of food is not that hard to do. Sitting around all day and continually filling my hunger doesn’t associate with the word “toughness” in my book. I challenge these same people to go 20+ hours without taking any food and then check how tough they look like.
The truth is; eating all day long is easy and IF is not that easy. But the fact is the tougher something is, the greater the benefit. And apart from the physical benefits that IF can award you, the mental ones are even better because the return on investment is absolutely awesome.
Remember, being an entrepreneur means running a marathon, not sprints, except there is no finish line. And mental toughness is about building the daily habits that let you to stick to a schedule and win disruptions and challenges over and over and over again.
But my way is not your way, and neither the right way. You should base your food and lifestyle choices on how your body responds to food, sleep, stress, exercise, etc. Your body will tell you what it likes and does not like. Listen to your body over anything else.
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