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Regain Your Edge: Mental Toughness and Passion for Life

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There comes a time in every man’s journey when the flame of inspiration seems to dwindle. What was once a roaring fire becomes but a flicker; it’s not just about losing your edge—it’s a deep-seated feeling that you’ve lost a part of yourself – that you aren’t what you’ve been or want to be. You’ve lost your mental toughness and passion for life. You might find yourself asking, “What is my edge?” The answer is deeply personal, but it’s also the foundation upon which you can rebuild and regain your edge. 


You’re older and may find that you don’t like where you are, what you look like, and how to react to your situation.  Regaining your edge, finding your mental toughness and passion for life is possible.  You aren’t going to be 20 years old again but you can be the best <your age> you can be. Regaining your edge may involve getting back in shape, overcoming depression, fighting health issues or simply finding where you fit in life. To regain your edge you must first start with the right attitude.  As the author of The Psychology of Winning, motivational speaker Dennis Waitley once wrote:




The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success.

~Denis Waitley


The Power of Physical Exercise

Exercise and  lifting weights will help you look better, feel better and have more energy.  It may be the boost you need to regain your edge.  Or it could be just a step towards helping you find your mental toughness and passion for life which will sustain additional improvement.


Weight Loss as a Gateway to Renewed Vigor

If you are overweight, losing weight is likely the one thing you can do to make the most difference in your life.  It will likely make you look younger, will help you sleep better, will reduce stress and build confidence.  Even if you are a bit overweight, it may make a huge difference in how you look and feel.


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Mental Stimulation to Reignite Passion

If you have lost your inspiration or passion for life and are asking yourself “What do I love doing” you may need to switch things up – try doing something different, change you daily habits, take up a hobby and get involved with that community.  Change is good and may stimulate a reawakening in you. 


Some examples of activities you may want to consider include:

  • Billiards
  • Cards
  • Volunteering for a charity
  • Martial arts
  • Bowling
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Biking
  • Model building
  • Drone flying


Each of these activities you can do with other people, which allows you to meet new people. Even hiking, jogging and biking can be done with other.  Usually clubs or associations exist for each of these activities to bring like-minded people together.


Challenging yourself with a new routine, activity and people are great for mental stimulation and overall life satisfaction. 


Overcoming Health Conditions with Grit

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As you get older you tend to encounter more health issues.  Best not to let these go unchecked.  It’s easy to lose inspiration if you are limited from doing the things you enjoy or trying new things due to health problems.  Mental toughness comes from facing a problem head on.  Reach out for professional help and/or join a group for those who are impacted in similar ways. Often there are simple yet consistent things you can do to regain your edge.


Navigating Changes in Relationships

It is not uncommon for you to go through changes in relationships or encounter loss of family as you get older.  These changes take a huge toll on someone, particularly when they are also searching for passion or inspiration in life. 


Change is tough, reach out to someone to talk with.   If you have fallen out of contact with old friends, look them up and ask to get together for dinner or drinks to catch up.  It isn’t as hard as you think.  I did just that by reaching out to high school friends I hadn’t spoken to in 25 years.  We picked up from where we left off like nothing had changed.


If you don’t have a friend you can or want to talk to, speak to your doctor who can put you in contact with a therapist or support group.


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Cultivating Mental Toughness

Cultivating mental strength or mental toughness involves not much more that doing what is unfamiliar or different for you and making it a habit. It is never easy to start with, whether it involves meeting new people, or going to the gym for the first time in 20 years, or beginning meditation.  There will be an awkward period but then things start to become routine.


Mental strength is a muscle you develop like any other. Change your attitude, change your routine, change your environment and keep at it.


Conclusion: Mental Toughness and Passion for Life

Make sure you have a vision of what you want in life, don’t worry about finding your passion for life, just focus on the changes you want and sticking with them and passion and meaning in life will find you.  Continue sitting on the sofa every night worrying or complaining about your life and you will never regain your edge and certainly won’t build mental toughness and passion for life..


I welcome you to review the information  found at for ideas, strategies and insight on how to reinvent yourself to become the best you can, despite your age. Specifically check out Looking Younger for Men Over 50 and The Power of Habit: Make it a Habit for Men Over 50 to start your way on a new path. 

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the support and guidance of your physician when you are unsure about any health issues.

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