10 Proven Strategies For Building Mental Strength

A healthy mind is the core of a healthy life.

James Michael Sama
10 min readMar 1, 2024


The “image” of mental strength looks different for everyone. We all have different values, beliefs, backgrounds, upbringings, and life experiences. The journey is more important than the destination, as each of us walk our own path in life.

That journey happens every single day as we choose how we show up in the world, how we treat others, and how we treat ourselves.

These decisions quite literally create the reality we live in, our quality of life, and the relationships that we enjoy.

Below, I’m going to discuss ten behaviors that mentally healthy people strive to engage in as often as possible.

Is anyone perfect? No.

Are all ten attainable every single day? Probably not.

Should you feel guilty if you fall short sometimes? Absolutely not.

Can these points serve as a compass that keeps you along a happy and healthy life journey? Most definitely.

Let’s explore:

1: Practice gratitude.

Feeling a deep sense of gratitude for the people and things in your life is directly tied to how good you feel about life itself.

Seems simple, right? Recognize the things that matter, be grateful for them, and feel good about life.


Why, then, is it so difficult to “focus on the good,” sometimes?

Life can be overwhelming, obligations are looming, your shareholders are barking at you, your kids’ schedules are filling up, that project at work is already past its deadline…

It’s only natural that you feel stressed out as you’re trying to pick up all of these proverbial pieces of paper from the ground, only to see new ones falling around you.

The truth is, though, that taking the time to intentionally feel gratitude for the things that matter will help you to reset, refocus, and see life through a clearer lens.

It’ll help you remember how far you’ve come, rather than looking at how far is left to go.



James Michael Sama

I help you evolve into the ultimate version of yourself. Life & Executive Coach. Multi #1 writer. Trusted by: CNN, CNBC, NY Post, CBS, more. Say hi! @JamesMSama