First, realize there’s a difference between acting tough and actually being mentally strong.
Developing mental strength takes practice, and involves overcoming our natural anxieties so we can handle difficult situations. Amy Morin, author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”, says it’s not about making sure you never fail, but telling yourself that you are strong enough to deal with failure when it inevitably happens.
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