“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” —Louisa May Alcott

Having mental and emotional strength means that you regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Some of us are emotionally stronger than others. Some of us have an inherent resilience. An emotionally strong person can handle enormous challenges even when the pressures of life become overwhelming.

Mentally strong people do not sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. They do not wallow but channel their energies into worthwhile endeavors.

Mentally strong people do not try to avoid change. They embrace it head on and do good with it.

Mentally strong people recognize that they do not need to please everyone all the time. They realize that forging a path of good means sometimes upsetting the proverbial apple cart. Mentally strong people accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. They don’t make excuses or focus on what could have been, rather they turn failures into opportunities.

Mental and emotional strength at its core is about responding rather than reacting. We are all good at this when life is humming along but when the inevitable problems arise that is when we are truly tested and challenged. There is no right or wrong method for building emotional and mental strength. It simply requires a combination of a myriad of attributes such as love, faith, discipline, self-control, determination, and courage.