Recently I ran across an article posted by Robert Half Management Resources touting 30 characteristics of the mentally strong. And that got me thinking: Am I mentally strong? There have been times in my life when I wasn’t sure. Then I checked the list…yes, got it and have that one, too!
So what does it mean to be mentally strong? It’s not just “toughing it out,” “getting over it” or “having mind over matter.” People who are mentally strong have purposely developed a number of healthy habits, honing their sense of purpose and cultivating their ability to make good things happen when surrounded by chaos.

According to licensed psychotherapist Amy Morin, wasting energy on what you can’t change or control, giving up after failure or resenting other people’s success are behaviors that mentally strong people avoid.

So, how mentally strong are you? Find out…here’s a list of traits most often found in mentally strong people.

  • Adaptable
  • Celebrates others’ success
  • Committed to long-term goals
  • Confidant
  • Consistent
  • Embraces change
  • Enjoys social interaction, but values solitude
  • Fair
  • Flexible
  • In control of their actions and emotions
  • Learns from mistakes
  • Manages stress
  • Navigates disappointment with grace
  • Optimistic
  • Prioritizes health and well-being
  • Ready for the unexpected
  • Reliable
  • Responsible for own actions
  • Sees the “big picture”
  • Self-aware
  • Self-sufficient
  • Shares the credit
  • Strong work ethic
  • Tenacious
  • Unafraid to speak up
  • Understands life isn’t fair
  • Welcomes a challenge
  • Willing to take calculated risks

You may have noted that many are these traits are “soft skills” that are highly valued by employers. So, not only will these traits contribute to your mental strength, but they can also help advance your career.

Robert Half Management Resource
Scientific American
Success Magazine