- You don’t have to feel strong to be strong. It’s a paradox but it’s true. I’m sure you can think of some time in your life when you didn’t feel especially strong or courageous, ad yet you behaved in a strong or courageous way. You just did it – despite feeling weak or unprepared or confused or ill-equipped for the task.
- Strength grows with use. The more you expand what you believe you can do, the greater your capacity becomes. This is true for any area of your life, and it’s just as true when it comes to being strong. The more you exercise your muscles – in any capacity – the stronger you’ll become in that area.
- Don’t wait for the feelings before tapping into your strengths. If you are waiting to feel strong before you act strong, you can be waiting a very long time. Perhaps forever. I’m a big fan in behaving your way to success – which means doing it, no matter what your feeling state is. Focus on your feelings after you’ve done the thing that required strength, not before.
- Anyone can be strong, no matter how weak they believe themselves to be. We’ve all heard stories of tremendous strength that has come to the fore under emergency or urgent conditions. The person themselves didn’t even know those reservoirs of strength were inside of them – and yet, they were. When they really needed it, they were strong – as strong as the situation required them to be. This can happen to any of us, no matter what we believe our internal stores of strength to be. If the situation is compelling enough, we’ll be strong enough. You can be strong.
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