10 Healthy Mental Habits For Strong Executives

| December 6, 2013

Strong business man conceptSuccess is measured in what you do, but sometimes success can be achieved through what you don’t do. Just as achieving physical strength requires establishing healthy “do’s and don’ts”, mental health does as well. We present 10 “Do and Don’t” habits of mentally strong business executives, and a Bible verse for each.

  1. DO Embrace Change. Invest your energy in looking forward, rather than dwelling the past. Mentally strong people welcome the challenge of a changing world, and feel energized by a dynamitic environment. Change means opportunity to create something new and better. And He that sat upon the throne said “Behold I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5.
  1. DON’T Feel Sorry for Yourself. Mentally strong people take ownership and responsibility for their actions and the results. They genuinely rejoice in the success of others, accept that life is not always “fair” and move on from their own disappointments. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12: 15
  1. DO Plan Long Term But Act Short Term. Mentally strong people have staying power. They understand that success and positive change takes time, and do not get discouraged if they do not see immediate results. They also realize that success comes in increments, and so they identify short term goals, and celebrate milestones as they are achieved. Therefore be patient, brethren … See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. James 5: 7.
  1. DON’T Repeat Mistakes. Mistakes are nothing to be afraid of. In the words of the great basketball coach John Wooden “if you are not making mistakes, then you are not doing anything.” But people with healthy mental habits are strong enough to admit the mistake to themselves, learn from it, and not repeat it in the next decision cycle. A fool repeats his folly. Proverbs 26: 11.
  1. DO Gain Control After Failure. Mentally strong people see failure as an action that didn’t work rather than seeing themselves as the failure. In the face of failure or crisis, think clearly about how to regain your balance or solve the problems you are facing, and then act positively to impact the immediate situation. For the righteous falls seven times and rises again. Proverbs 24: 16.
  1. DON’T Worry About What You Cannot Control. Worry is a huge source of wasted emotional energy. Your life is full of things that you cannot control: the weather, the traffic, and (most of all) other people. Learn to accept and tolerate uncertainty, and make allowances for the others as they deal with uncertainty in their lives. What you can control is your response in such situations. Therefore do not worry, saying What shall we eat? or What shall we drink?… For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6: 31 – 33.
  1. DO Have a Sense of Humor. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Humor can be a great shock absorber in life. A good sense of humor also helps you distinguish what is really important. As the saying goes: Show me a person who knows what’s funny and I’ll show you a person who knows what is not. A joyful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22.
  1. DON’T Wait For It To Be Perfect Before Executing. Perfection will not be realized until the Kingdom of God comes upon the earth. Certainly, you should set high expectations for yourself and others in your organization, but mentally strong people accept the fact that “good enough” will have to do, if anything is to get done. Not that I have already attained or am already perfected, but I press on … Philippians 3: 12.
  1. DO Ask For Help. A study released by Green Peak Partners (Nice Guys Finish First – available at www.greenpeakpartners.com) evaluated the traits of successful business leadership. They found that the strongest predictor of executive success is a high self-awareness – the ability to understand your own weaknesses, and so get help in areas where they are not naturally strong. Also, always give credit (publically and privately) to those who are helping you. Two are better than one … for if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Ecclesiastes 4: 9, 10.
  1. DON’T Give Up. Every failure is an opportunity to improve. Mentally strong people are willing to accept failure, as long as they are learning and growing from it. In the words of Winston Churchill: “if you are going through hell, keep going.” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4: 13.


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