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By Nan Nan Liu-Maffetone | Strong Female Leaders | Reading Time: Five Minutes
Work can be stressful, especially for a knowledge worker like you. Among all of the things that you cannot control, including absurd deadlines, demanding team members, and gruelig workload, there is one thing that you can control, and it is becoming mentally tough. In today's article, you will gain an understanding of what it takes to be mentally tough at work.


Work can be stressful.
Especially for today's knowledge workers, who are continuously connected, often distracted, and constantly under pressure. Taking work home is the norm; yet still, you can barely keep up. There are many factors that are out of your control; however, there is one thing that you can control, and that is becoming mentally tough.
Lucky for you, mental toughness can be cultivated and built over time. It takes a while to fully grasp, so let's get started right away. Below are a few ways, including daily rituals and habits, on how to become mentally tough at work:
1. Concentrate on making improvements.
When projects go awry, emotions tend to boil. While most of your team members are feeling anxious, angry or confused, you have an opportunity to step up as a leader by helping everyone move forward. Instead of looking at everything that went wrong, how awful the consequences will be, or how upset you feel, focus on how to improve the situation. This may be difficult to do during high stakes situations, but if you have the mental toughness to focus on the positive, you can certainly push through the agony.
To prepare yourself to gracefully push through any ardous situation, each morning, make the choice to keep cool all day. Committing yourself to taking on a cool, collected and take-charge persona, first thing in the morning, sets the tone for the rest of the day. If it helps, stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eye. Then, say the words, "You are a leader. You will focus on making improvements. You are mentally tough." This ritual may sound strange, but it works, because saying those words crystalizes your commitment.
2. Find meaning during adversities.
The ability to find meaning during difficult times and emerge a stronger person says a lot about your character. In fact, great female leaders like Oprah Winfrey and Eleanor Roosevelt emerged during the most trying of experiences. Instead of giving up, they stood up to adversities by creating a narrative around the challenges, looking at the situation from an educational angle, and viewing obstacles as problems to solve.
Again, it is all about choice. Great leaders make the choice, the commitment, to interpret adverse experiences as opportunities. If you do the same, you will find that there is nothing you cannot conquer. So the next time you are faced with adversity, ask yourself, "how can I learn from this?"
3. Learn to be contextually intelligent.
Mental toughness is often known as the "survival of the fittest," which depends on your ability to adapt to difficult situations, by applying creativity to transcend adversity.
If you want to adapt well and do it quickly, you must learn to be contextually intelligent. Contextual intelligence is defined as "the ability to understand the limits of your knowledge and to adapt that knowledge to an environment different from the one in which it was developed." It requires exposing yourself to different environments and being open to new ideas.
An easy way to learn to be contetxtually intelligent is to ask questions, and with the intention to learn. Truly focus on the person's answer, and see things from his or her point of view. A little empathy and undersanding goes a long way. If you are open to new ideas, opinions and solutions, you not only develop contextual intelligence, you become a voice of reason.
4. Seek Feedback.
Feedback leads to concrete improvements. As you move further in your career and gain more influence, you will be exposed to more critiques. Why not start a habit of seeking for feedback early, so you can train yourself to accept criticism graciously.
Actively seeking feedback provides opportunities to learn and make improvements. So be proactive about it and truly listen to the underlying issues that frame the feedback. By the way, nonverbal cues such as body language and micro-expressions also count as feedback.
The more accepting you are to others' opinions, the tougher you become.
5. Shoot for small wins.
Mentally tough people understand the power of small wins. While they make ambitious goals, they achieve these goals by making marginal, systematic and incremental improvements. Shooting for small wins relieves the pressure of having to achieve overwhelming goals, and allows you to focus on specific and manageable advancements.
Each small improvement may feel insignificant; collectively, however, small improvements create powerful progress. Before you know it, you have already accomplished that big, overwhelming goal.
Parting Thoughts
To be mentally tough in the workplace, you need to both commit to and practice for it. When you feel frustrated, pressured and anxious, take a moment and revisit the points above. Focus on the positives and try to turn challenges into opportunities. Your ability to thrive from adversities can be your super power, with which you can use to strengthen yourself and everyone around you.

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By Christopher O | Strong Female Leaders | Reading Time: Five Minutes
What do successful people do on the weekends? In today's article, you will find the 10 habits of urber successful people on the weekends that set them apart from the ordinary.


Ever wonder what successful people do on the weekends?
To continue to achieve high levels of success, they do what others are not willing to do. That doesn't mean they work around the clock during personal time. In fact, taking time to relax, decompress, and work on hobbies are highly recommended; because these activities contribute to people's overall productivity. Successful people spend their down time on activities that enhance personal, educational and career growth, provide mental fulfillment, and set the tone for a successful week ahead.
10 Habits of Successful People on the Weekends
1. They turn off their phones.
Successful people use their smart phones quite a bit during the work days because of productivity and communication needs. On the weekends, however, they turn off those devices, in order to save time by not being "on" all the time. While technology is a crucial part of doing business today, it can also create an unhealthy addiction. Successful people treat their mobile devices like work computers: when they are away from work, they turn their phones off.
2. They spend time with their families
Successful people understand the sacrifices that they must make to achieve success. Duriing the work week, they may need to work overtime, travel, and stay out with clients. They may miss out on kids' games, have to re-schedule anniversary dates, and miss school events. Therefore, they intentionally resserve time during the weekends to make it up to their families. Making time to strengthen important relationships keeps successful people grounded and remind them of why they strive hard to succeed in the first place.
3. They give back to their communities.
Wheter their communitiess are faith-based, hobby-oriented or business-related, they give back. They not only give back by in monetary forms, they also give their time. They understand the value of paying it forward, and never for one minute take for granted that their success came from the support of their communities.

4. They read.
Leaders are readers. Successful people take time to ready, so they can enable knowledge base, think outside the box, make better decisions, enhance mindfulness, and improve communication skills.
5. They work on their hobbies.
Pursuing a passion outside of work generates a creative outlet. Successful people make time for passions and hobbies that stimulate creativity, refresh the mind, and enrich life.
6. They exercise.
From running to martial arts to meditation, exercising on the weekends recharges the body and mind. Successful people understand the power of physical activity and the importance of mind-body connection. They ensure that they have time to work out.
7. They spend time in nature.
Spending time in nature offers another way to unplug. This includes hiking, escaping to a beach, and walking in a nearby trail. Spending time in nature isnt' the most extravagant activity; however, it recharges, refreshes and relaxes the mind, by disconnecting people with their busy day-to-day's.
8. They reflect.
Successful people reflect on the weekends, so they can appreciate and review the past week. They look over accomplishments, lessons learned, what they are grateful for, and what they can let go of. This allows them to put things into perspective, prioritize better, and alleviate mental tension.
9. They have fun.
Successful people work hard and play hard. After a long week of making difficult decision and deep focus, they relax, laugh and enjoy purely entertaining activities. This includes socializing, watching movies and live events, and playing sports. Whatever makes them happy they will enjoy it to the fullest on the weekends. So when the tough work week comes around, they are ready to tackle new challenges.
10. They plan the next week.
Planning ahead leaves room to find and fix errors, mitigate conflicts, and ease stress. Successful people always plan ahead for the next week. Some of them plan a few weeks or months ahead. When Monday morning knocks on the door, they are ready to hit the ground running.
Parting thhoughts
The difference between successful people and everyone else is how they spend their time. Even on the weekends, successful people choose activities that keep them on track to reach their life-long goals. They partake in activities that contribute to personal growth, enhance career development, and help build communities. Successful people never lose sight of their ultimate vision. Even during the weekends, they intentionally work towards that vision, and that is why they are successful.
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