A strong person has the resources, the mental skills, and the physical capabilities to confront challenges of all kinds. When you are strong, you have an expansive excess of energy, so that when facing a challenge that consumes energy and inner strength, you still have enough left in you to act.
Simple thoughts to help build your internal energy and strength:
Strength is the opposite of aggression
People often act aggressively out of defense or out of an elusive desire for power. When one feels unable to resolve a situation, violence and aggression come in handy to deter others. Bullies use aggression to escape conflicts instead of resolving them. Strong individuals do not need to act aggressively because they have the confidence, power, and skills to bring a stressful situation to a close. Aggression is a means of covering weakness.
Mental and physical strength cannot be separated
You can be the most psychologically resilient individual and still break down mentally if you are physically tired from losing a few days of sleep. The opposite is also true: being physically inactive and out of shape can make you sink down. Several studies have shown that physical exercise is an effective way for treating clinical depression. Physical and mental strength work in synergy and feed each other to form a strong person. To build inner strength, you must build both physical endurance and mental muscle.
The first step to build internal energy and strength is to identify your natural gifts
All of us are born with unique capabilities and skills, and the way to build your strength is to focus on these specific skills and grow them. Some people run fast, others are flexible, some can lift a ton of weight. First identify what your natural strengths are, and then start working to enhance them further. Focus on your strengths and stop brooding over your weaknesses!
Look for subtle signs of increases in mental strength
It’s easy to notice changes in physical strength: weight is lost, muscles are toned, and breathing becomes easier after bursts of movement. It’s much harder to notice differences in mental strength. Take the time to reflect on your day and ask yourself if you have been losing your temper less often. Are you noticing a change in the way people respond to you? How do you feel when you open your eyes in the morning?
Building internal energy and strength is a lifelong task. If done right, not only will it pay off when difficult situations arise, it will become habit and eventually a part of your identity.
“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” – Louisa May Alcott