LRS 059: What James Clear Can Teach Us About Developing Mental Toughness

What James Clear Can Teach Us About Developing Mental Toughness - the let's reach success podcast, lidiya k

This is episode 59 of the Let’s Reach Success podcast. Let’s start the new year off with an episode that can help us excel at every aspect of life – mental toughness and how exactly to develop it. And to make sure the advice is solid, I’ll use the knowledge and experience of someone who’s already mastered that – James Clear.

Who’s James Clear?

A big figure in the personal development field online. He’s a writer, entrepreneur, photographer and teacher. His writings are based on research, studying the life of successful people, and his own experiments and conclusions.

He says this:

‘I write about the hidden forces that shape our habits and performance. Basically, I tell the story of human behavior through words and images.’

The topics he covers the most, and the articles that reach millions of people monthly, are on behavioral psychology, habit formation, productivity, willpower, creativity, goal setting, health optimization from how to sleep and eat better to how to manage stress and do strength training right, and much more.

What I’ll focus on today, however, is mental toughness.

What’s this?

According to Wiki, it’s ‘a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace.’

But it goes way beyond this.

In fact, I can even say that mental toughness is the single most important trait that makes or breaks a leader, a successful entrepreneur, student, athlete, or else.

It’s not about talent, or intelligence, or connections. It’s all about how determined you are to achieve a long-term goal, how motivated and dedicated you are to the idea. This is also called grit, and luckily, it’s something you can get to know better, and even master. Once you do, you’ll be seeing progress in anything in life you set your mind to, no matter how impossible it might seem.

These qualities and powerful mindset mean that you’ll make the necessary sacrifices to move forward, won’t let distractions get in the way, will stay on the right track long enough to actually see your goal become a reality, and will be disciplined and ruthless.

So, let’s see what James Clear can teach us about the grit and how to develop it:


Show Notes:

  • Who’s James Clear and what he writes about [0:26]
  • What’s mental toughness [1:17]
  • What mentally tough athletes, leaders and artists have in common [2:48]
  • 3 steps to developing more grit [4:07]
  • Here’s how real reward and success look like in daily life [6:00]


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So in order to build mental toughness, know why you do what you do, and define what the reward looks like. When you find a way to fight your inner demons daily and take action regardless of the resistance, that’s when you become a stronger individual and future goals will be a piece of cake.

Hope you enjoyed this episode. I love analyzing concepts like that. We often don’t know how to change something or get better at something only because we don’t understand it. It’s the same with procrastination, habits, success and failure, doubts, fears, and more.

Hope this episode of the LRS podcast opened your eyes for the real face of mental toughness a bit more.

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