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Your inner strength is best defined as, “stable traits, an enduring source of well-being, wise and effective action, and contributions to others.” In other words, your inner strength is your ability to do the right thing, the right way, without any concern about what others think.
In this article, we’ll look into how to find your inner strength so you can stay strong even when you face adversity.
How To Tap Into Your Inner Strength
If you are like me, you have plenty of voices inside your head at any given moment. These voices can represent a variety of reactions, thoughts, and emotions you could utilize.
For example, how would you feel if you had to present information in-front of a group of colleagues or superiors? Some people will feel nervous and apprehensive, while others will feel confident and excited.
Now, consider the words each emotion may convey to you…
- Someone who is apprehensive may wonder if they still have time to back out.
- While a person who is nervous could be worried about getting a question they do not know how to answer.
- If you feel confident, you are telling yourself that this is your opportunity to set yourself apart from the crowd.
- And someone who is excited may be visualizing themselves receiving a standing ovation at the end of their presentation.
Even though you have a variety of voices reacting to every situation, they really come down to two voices, your inner strength and your inner critic.
If you want to increase your ability to listen to your inner strength, you need to work on staying present in the moment. Mindfulness is a great way to allow yourself to respond, instead of react to the events in your life.
In the examples earlier, you could react to someone cutting you off on the interstate by cutting them back off. Or you could take a moment and realize that the issue has not impacted you in anyway. However, if you escalate the situation, there is now the possibility that you have compromised your well-being.
Be Mindful of What Is Going on Inside of You
It is best to think of mindfulness meditation as the practice of creating space for your thoughts.
When you take a moment and ponder how you want to react to a situation, you are tapping into your inner strength. Moreover, by practicing mindfulness meditation on a regular basis, you will improve your ability to hear your inner strength.
The good news is you don’t need anything special to practice mindfulness mediation. In fact, all you need to do is follow these six simple steps:
- Take a seat. Find a place to sit or kneel that feels calm and quiet.
- Set a time limit. It can be as short as a few minutes or as long as a few hours. Recommend 5 to 10 minutes when starting out.
- Notice your body. How does your body feel in the position you chose? Do you feel any pressure on your joints from sitting or kneeling?
- Feel your breath. Follow the path of your breath as it moves through your body.
- Notice when your mind has wandered. You cannot keep your mind from wandering. Instead, whenever you notice it has wondered, simply return your focus to your breath.
- Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t worry about where your mind wanders. Allow yourself the ability to experience the moment and once the moment passes, return to the present.
When you stay focused on the present moment, you disable the critical part of your mind. In the present, there is nothing to worry about (like the future) and there is nothing to feel guilty about (as in the past). In the present, the only thing on your mind will be, “what is the next best decision I can make”.
For example, if you lost your job, the only thing you should be thinking about is, “what now”? If you are worried about the future, you are thinking, “how can I going to pay these bills“? If you are in the past, you may be telling yourself, “you messed up again and you can never get things right“.
Empower Your Inner Strength To Overcome Adversity
Once you have trained yourself on how to hear your inner strength, the only thing you have left is to let it shine. By this, I mean you have to listen to what your inner strength is telling you.
You may find yourself in a situation where your critical voice is cautioning you about the cost of following your inner strength. Think back to Captain America’s story I mentioned earlier. It literally cost him everything to follow his inner strength, yet he did it anyways.
It would be a disservice for me to tell you it is going to be easy to listen to your inner strength. I am not saying that by any means. However, you will find that by ignoring your inner strength, the cost is much higher than you expected.
When you ignore your inner voice and do not employ your inner strength, you will face regret. That quick reaction may have caused you to say something that you cannot take back. Or your concern about how others will react to your authentic feelings may have saved a relationship you were better without.
Think back for a moment if Captain America did exactly what everyone else wanted and turns Barnes over to the authorities. Two things would have likely happened. One, the authorities quickly find out Barnes was framed, he is released, and Barnes is understandably upset with Rogers for giving up on him so quickly. Two, the authorities do not find out in time and Barnes is executed for crimes he did not commit. In either case, Rogers is left with the regret of knowing he did not use his inner strength and do what he knew deep down was necessary. Instead, he succumbs to the pressures of society and now someone he cares about has to suffer for no reason.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dre Griggs is the Founder at Forecast Hope. He loves helping professionals accomplish their goals by aiding their efforts to overcome their fears and self-doubt created by their false beliefs. In addition to being a Mindset Coach, certified NLP and Reiki practitioner, Dre is the author of Champion of Change and host of the Change Blindness podcast. While helping professionals design, mobilize, and solidify the changes they want to make in their life is his primary job function by day, Dre also enjoys spending time with his family and immersing himself in the world of manga and comics.
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