Today, I have the second part of the interview, where Gillette shares three steps to develop mental strength and his most important piece of advice.
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In the interview above, you will discover the following:
- How can an average person benefit from improving mental toughness to be physically tough?
- 3 steps to develop mental strength
- What are the differences in training in your 50s compared to training in your 20s?
- The most important piece of advice from Mike Gillette
How can an average person benefit from improving mental toughness to be physically tough?
Mental toughness equals physical tenacity. How can a typical individual benefit from improving their mental or physical toughness?
In my viewpoint, the mind is the body of the body is the mind. I see a lot of people running one way or another, a lot of cerebral kinds and a lot of physical types. The truly extraordinary achiever is someone who has a handle on both parts of themselves.
I admire how a strong mind can guide a strong body. Without a strong mind and body, the body can only go so far.
3 Steps to Develop Mental Strength
If asked what advice I would provide folks who desire to know the steps to develop mental strength, here they are:
1. Your Desire
We’re always on this route to excellence, whatever that means for you. And where do you want to go? That’s the first step. Where do you want it? What do you want? As simple as it sounds, it cannot be easy. The first step is finding out what you want and where you want to go. So here, we identify the item, the dream, the quest, and the goal.
2. The Way
After knowing where you want to go, now we ask: what will it take to get there? Everything else follows. Our process is reverse-engineered. If you construct the appropriate strategy, even things that appear absurd or terrible to the typical person can be achieved.
3. The Mindset
After recognizing the destination and the way, we must now learn how to calibrate the mind to go there. We can’t get there if we don’t give any shape or step defensively to what we want to do. The mine itself can’t help you because it has no target.
It’s not even going to start because where is it heading? So the mind likes you, knows you well, and wants to help you. But it can’t assist you in getting there unless you know what you want.
What are the differences in training in your 50s compared to training in your 20s?
How is training at 50 different from training at 20? There are misconceptions that when you’re older, you need to slow down and that when you’re younger, you’ll be beaten up and not want to take things easy.
I know enough about training now. Compared to when I was 20, my current training has a sense of urgency. There are many things we can’t control, and we worry about them, but I focus on the things we can manage, like training, nutrition, and recovery.
The Most Important Piece of Advice from Mike Gillette
There is this thing you’ve always wanted but never had time to do because someone claimed it’s not for you but someone else. I would advise you to examine that and be open to the thought that it might be for you.
What if you could do that thing that’s incredibly exciting, extremely badass, or just meaningful?
Accept that as a possibility for you and see where it leads. Then look at the next steps and be brave enough to take some of them, even if it involves chasing something down that you don’t completely get.
Even if that implies disappointment, who would you be if you just decided to step on that route and go forward toward that day? Even if you didn’t quite make it, I’d like everyone hearing or reading to embrace that as a possibility.
You’re just full speed ahead, with no limits. Just you in that difficult, terrifying, strange, fantastic, unexplainable dream.
I hope you enjoyed the interview.
Rick Kaselj, MS
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