30 character traits of mentally strong people

By Robert Half on 16 July 2015

Wasting energy on what you cannot control, giving up after failure, and resenting other people’s success are among the list of behaviours that mentally strong people avoid.

Forbes.com recently commented on an article from a licensed psychotherapist about mentally strong people and what they aren’t doing that makes them more successful in business. What we’ve learned about mental strength is that it’s much more than mind over matter. Mental strength requires hard work and a commitment to healthy habits. It involves evaluating your core beliefs and devoting time to self-improvement. There are several exercises you can try for developing mental strength, like replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and evaluating your core beliefs about yourself and the world around you.

A mentally strong person has many distinguishable character traits…which of these traits do you think you have?

  1. Tenacious
  2. Confident
  3. Optimistic
  4. Self-aware
  5. Adaptable
  6. Flexible
  7. Drama-free
  8. Reliable
  9. Consistent
  10. Fair
  11. Self-sufficient
  12. Hard worker
  13. Takes responsibility for their actions
  14. Understands that life is not always fair
  15. Welcomes challenge
  16. In control of their actions and emotions
  17. Embraces change
  18. Unafraid to speak up
  19. Navigates upsets with grace
  20. Willing to take calculated risks
  21. Learns from mistakes
  22. Celebrates others’ success
  23. Enjoys social interaction
  24. Values alone time
  25. No sense of entitlement
  26. Committed to long-term goals
  27. Focuses on the present and the future
  28. Ready for the unexpected
  29. Manages stress well
  30. Prioritises health and well-being

Developing mental strength is about honing your sense of purpose and cultivating your ability to make good things happen. Mental strength can be a road map for personal success in all areas of your life, especially in your career.

This post originally appeared as 30 Character Traits of Mentally Strong People on the Robert Half Management Resources blog.

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