The Mental Resilience IQ Matrix explores how to strengthen your mindset to help you overcome periods of struggle. We all face adversity throughout our lives. And it’s how we face those challenges that define us, builds our character, and shapes the direction of our lives. Understanding how to successfully work through periods of struggle could be one of the most valuable skills anyone can learn.
This map walks you through how to gather the mental strength you need to overcome the obstacles and setbacks you will inevitably face as you work toward creating a better life for yourself and your family. Use this map as a guide for cultivating the strength, courage, hope, confidence, and resilience you need to work through anything that life throws your way.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Mental Resilience mind map:
- LIFE: Life presents us with some harsh truths (reality checks) that we are often reluctant to accept. And yet, they are an inevitable part of our life experience. This map’s first branch takes you through these truths while also walking you through what life is ultimately about. Life, ultimately, boils down to expressing the best version of ourselves as consistently as possible. And that ‘best version’ is often a manifestation of all the challenges and struggles that have shaped our character.
- GATHER STRENGTH: It’s easy to feel disheartened when faced with struggle. Adversity often brings with it a sense of hopelessness and helplessness that is difficult to shake. Succumbing to our struggles is, however, a choice. A choice that we consciously and sometimes unconsciously make. We can, therefore, choose an alternate path, and that’s precisely what the second branch of this map will help you do. It lays down the seeds that will help you gather the strength you need to work through your struggles thoughtfully and proactively.
- CULTIVATE: To successfully work through periods of struggle, we need three ingredients. These ingredients come in the form of responsibility, courage, and hope. This map’s third branch takes you through how to consistently tap into these virtues to overcome life’s inevitable struggles. Cultivating these virtues in the right way will help build mental strength and stamina.
- NURTURE: To fully express your mental strength, you need two additional ingredients. These ingredients come in the form of self-confidence and resilience. The last branch of this map explores how to respond confidently to the challenges you face while building the mental strength you need to work through life’s toughest problems.
This map provides a roadmap and framework for overcoming periods of struggle through the adoption of mental resilience practices. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these concepts and ideas into your subconscious mind.
A mind map does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you are trying to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information, thereby, rewiring itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s the perfect tool for creating lasting change and transformation.