Mental toughness can set you apart from the crowd, both at work and in your personal life. Loosely defined as the ability to bounce back from hardship and persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, this character trait is at the heart of success, whether you're finishing up school or working your way up the corporate ladder. No matter how difficult a situation appears to be, mentally tough people do not give in to self-pity and always manage to maintain a sense of realistic optimism.
In an effort to understand this important mentality more closely, Business Insider recently spoke with psychotherapist Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, about the ways in which mentally tough people maintain their positive outlook. In her own words, here are three signs you're mentally stronger than the average person:
"While it may be tempting to make excuses, complain about other people, and avoid difficult circumstances, mentally strong people refuse to waste time on unproductive activities."
"Mentally strong people understand how their emotions can influence their thinking. In an effort to make the best decisions possible, they balance their emotions with logic."
"Mentally strong people know that although change is uncomfortable, it's tolerable. They focus their energy on adapting to change, rather than resisting it."
Head over to Business Insider for the full list of signs, and share your thoughts on Morin's ideas in the comments below.