April 28, 2015 Youth Impact

Why is being tough so important? – Learn from Markhor

You may be strong but toughness is another thing. Physical strength does no good unless a person is mentally tough too, mentally prepared for all circumstances. Toughness deals with pain. It deals with determination and stamina. Being tough is necessary for the well-being of the individual. The Markhor teaches us something about being tough.

Life is harsh

The conditions of the Himalayas are nowhere near suitable to home life. Every living being has to strive for its own self to make the most of what is available high up. Similarly, human beings need to be tough. They have to learn to strive. The amount of competition in life is tremendous and every individual has to stand up for their own motive and this necessarily does not mean being unjust to others but simply requires care for one’s own self.


You can’t travel to the past

People are often faced with situations in which they regret having done something in the past or regret not doing something. The latter one hurts the most because not doing something is never appreciated. Working for others is always admired but the thing that most don’t realise is that people will appreciate when you help them but they won’t when they see you helping yourself.

Mental toughness

Mental toughness boils down to how you respond to stress. Developing ways to counteract the negative response to stress helps us stay in control of our bodies so that we can maintain the high performance needed to do well in any situation. That is real mental toughness. Unless the Markhor is mentally prepared for a jump, it can’t execute it even if it is no big deal. You can only become tough if you are exposed to some depravation, frugality, order, rules and hard work. It is the natural way.

Solution to problems

In many situations, you need to act tough to get through. Being way too nice or showing too much courtesy can sometimes be negative for yourself. If you are taken too lightly, you might want to reconsider your decisions. Showing a little toughness shows that you are capable and it is necessary to stand up for yourself. Self-worth is what is actually achieved by being tough and showing others your aptitude. There is no need to prove anything to anybody. If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value.

Leave a legacy

People are often regarded for what they did for others. The ones who stood up for a purpose are respected the most and are followed as an exemplar. Such legacies attract followers.

Comment (1)

  1. Hamyl Waqar

    Each and every post which i read on youth impact page is worth reading for and so is the above written one.Keep up the good work

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