• Stacey J.

9 Powerful Ways to Create Greater Inner Strength

While there is plenty of information on how to become bigger, faster, and stronger, there’s less information available on how to increase your inner strength.

However, in today’s world, inner strength is far more important than physical strength.

For example, in most cases:

● The ability to manage yourself is more relevant than the ability to lift 500 pounds over your head.

● The ability to persevere is more valuable than the ability to do 1,000 push-ups.

Life is easier to manage when your inner strength grows.

Luckily, you can develop greater inner strength without spending a dime of your money or a minute of your time.

Use these strategies to build your inner strength and watch your obstacles fall:

Avoid complaining. Complaining is showing yourself that you don’t believe you have influence over your life. It convinces some part of you that you’re weak or a victim.

● If you can fix the situation, do so. If you can’t, find the best way to deal with it.

● If you’re a complainer, ask yourself what you get out of it and will it help the situation. This is where you should start working on minimizing the problem and maximizing the solution.

Finish what you start. One “easy” way to build inner strength is to always finish what you start. For example, if you signed up for 20 personal training sessions, finish them all. If you started organizing your office, complete the task. Stop starting and starting without completion.

● We’re always starting tasks and then finding an excuse to finish them tomorrow. Finish them today, instead. There's a psychological reward that flows through you that actually makes you feel good about yourself.

Fast for 24 hours. Physicians that run fasting clinics state that the average, healthy adult can go six weeks without food. There was a time in the past when many humans regularly didn’t have the luxury of eating each day, much less 3 meals a day.

● Go 24 hours without consuming any food. If you can do nothing but water, tea or a healthy smoothie.

Practice calm and self-control in adversity.

Aggression eats away at strength and creativity, replacing them with hostility and close-mindedness. Panic also weakens the soul, preoccupying the mind and prohibiting your light from shining through. Replace them with calm, controlled perseverance, which will help you achieve whatever you've set out to do. Set a 30-day challenge and stick to it. Start with something easy and put yourself through successively more challenging challenges that will help you accomplish a specific desire. It could be exercising, personal development or rearranging your home.

● An easy challenge might be to go for a walk each day. A more difficult challenge might be to avoid all processed foods for 30-days, or to meditate for 60 minutes each day.

Be your own best cheerleader. Negative self-talk saps your inner strength, confidence, and self-esteem. Positive self-talk increases your inner reserves. Give yourself a constant pep talk, and your inner strength will increase. Visualize. Visualize overcoming all of the obstacles in your life. Convince yourself that you can overcome anything. Daydreaming is real and effective because it puts the image of how you foresee yourself in your mind. If you can see it in your mind, you can come to believe it. Practice. You become better at what you practice. Shutting down for some quiet time at least 30 minutes each day will help your inner strength. Quieting all the outside noise of people, cell phones and social media can settle the mind, bring about clarity and a sense of peace. Practice what makes you feel restricted, nervous or doubtful. Do more than you plan to do. If your plan is to do 30 minutes on the treadmill, do 35. If you’re only planning on cleaning out that messy closet, go ahead and do it, but also pull take the unwanted items to Good Will TODAY! Instead of letting yourself off the hook as soon as you’re done, take the task just a little further.

How strong are you? How would your life change if your inner strength doubled?

Inner strength is similar to physical strength. We all start out at different points on the spectrum, but we can all improve our physical and inner strength tremendously. With greater inner strength, bigger goals become a possibility, and obstacles are easier to overcome. See just how strong you can become!

Stay strong,