LRS 059: What James Clear Can Teach Us About Developing Mental Toughness 143

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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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 31

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.


Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!


David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.