Confidence and Perseverance: Amy Morin on “Mentally Strong People”

As a licensed therapist, university lecturer, author, and famous TEDx speaker, Amy Morin, LCSW has spent a long time teaching others how to be mentally strong. Now, the international best-selling author of “13 Things That Strong Men Can’t Do” has turned to a new medium: podcasts.

As the host of her new podcast The Mental Man, Maureen talks with award-winning musicians, athletes, writers, etc. to learn how they use their spiritual power to overcome adversity and achieve great personal and professional success.

We talked with Morin on how to develop spiritual power and learned what listeners can expect to hear on the show, from inspiring stories to actionable suggestions that can help people influence their lives and make positive changes.

VigorTip Mind: How do you define mental power and what it means to a person?

Maureen: Spiritual power is the key to realizing your life’s greatest potential. It’s about knowing how to regulate your thoughts, manage your emotions, and take effective action.

Everyone sometimes has unhelpful thoughts, such as self-doubt and catastrophic predictions. Mental power can help you reimagine these ideas and deal with uncomfortable emotions such as embarrassment, fear, and anxiety. It can also help you reduce the intensity and duration of pain when dealing with emotions (rather than avoiding or suppressing emotions).

Ultimately, mental power can help you take positive actions, overcome challenges, and face fears.

VM: Whether it is endurance, agility or strength, we have many views on physical strength-what are the different components of mental strength?

Morin: Confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-awareness and self-discipline:

  • Confidence is the key to spiritual strength, but this is not to think you will succeed forever. Rather, it’s about believing that you can get better even if you fail.
  • Resilience can help you reinvigorate you when you encounter difficulties.
  • Perseverance refers to the willingness to move on even if things are really difficult to do.
  • Self-awareness is essential to identify your strengths, weaknesses, ideas, beliefs and habits and how all these factors affect your quality of life.
  • Self-discipline is essential to help you resist temptation, delay gratification, and achieve your goals.
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VM: How important is it to exercise each muscle like you exercise different muscles?

Maureen: It is difficult to develop every mental muscle, but without every one, it is difficult to stay strong overall. A severe imbalance of your mental muscles may mean that you are strong in one area and struggling in another. For example, someone may have self-discipline in their professional life but not in their personal life.

VM: What do you think is the biggest obstacle to becoming a mentally strong person?

Maureen: Many people confuse mental strength with toughness. They think that suppressing their emotions or pretending not to feel pain means that they are strong.

But spiritual power needs to be fragile. It involves acknowledging that you don’t have all the answers and asking for help when needed. It’s also about being aware of your emotions so you can deal with them in a healthy way-instead of pretending that they don’t exist.

VM: How can we benefit from being more proactive about our mental health, just as we might start a new fitness or nutrition program to improve our physical health?

Morin: Mental health and strength are a lot like physical health and strength. Enhancing physical strength does not guarantee that you will never have health problems such as high cholesterol, but maintaining a good body shape will indeed improve your overall health and reduce your health risks. The mental power is the same.

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VM: As a person who has been writing and speaking on this topic for a long time, how does it feel for you to talk to others about their own spiritual power journey in the podcast?

Morin: It’s really interesting to talk about spiritual power with people from all walks of life. I have the opportunity to talk to some really powerful and successful people, such as Grammy award-winning music producers, gold medal winners and best-selling authors.

I was fascinated to see that once we started talking about spiritual power, most of them would not first tell what they learned from success—they shared what they gained from the struggle.

VM: Is there a favorite lesson, or what did you learn from a guest?

Morin: One of my favorite episodes so far is [ABC News journalist} Dan Harris. Some years back, he had a panic attack on Good Morning America, and is quite up-front about the fact that he was using cocaine at that time in his life.

He received mental health treatment and is now a big advocate for meditation. His story shows how any of us can develop a substance abuse problem or mental health issue, and that while it isn’t a sign of weakness, it does take strength to get help.

VM: Why do you think people are so drawn to and inspired by stories of mental fortitude?

Morin: We often hear stories about successful people and how they succeeded, but it’s less often that we hear about their real struggles. When we learn that prominent individuals have also endured emotional pain or mental struggles, it gives us hope that we can learn from them.

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It’s also inspiring to hear stories from people who acknowledge they continue to work on their mental strength even when they appear to be at the top of their game. It shows you don’t have to be perfect to succeed.

VM: How can we stay mentally strong during the COVID-19 pandemic? We’ve all heard mantras like “We’re all in this together” and “These are unprecedented times,” but what does it take for an individual to persevere through a moment like this?

Morin: COVID-19 has created so many different challenging circumstances. While some people are out of work and terrified about their financial future, others are working from home and feeling lonelier than ever.

And while [those] The slogan sounds good on the surface, and the pandemic is a good reminder that strengthening mental muscles is indeed a separate journey. Although other people can support you and you can support them, in the end everyone must choose for themselves how much effort they want to put into their mental health.

For many people, now is a good time to assess their values ​​and priorities. I heard many people say that they really don’t want life to return to the way it was before, because they have a new understanding of certain things, such as the simple happiness in life.

People who learn from this experience and understand themselves can move forward more powerfully than before.

People with strong spirits can now use it on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever you listen to podcasts.