Strength | / streNG(k)TH | noun
- The quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance
- Power to resist force
- Power of resisting attack
By definition, strength is the ability to resist force, and that force can be external, or internal. In reality, it always starts internally. Strength starts with the mind.
Your inner strength is just like your muscles - if it is used frequently and in the appropriate way, it will get stronger. If rarely used and exercised, it only gets weaker. And weak never feels good.
“The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed…The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. Doubt and fear and the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.”
—James Allen, “As a Man Thinketh”
I have noticed when I miss a workout or two, slack off on my cardio training, my mind is not right. I feel like a different person. With proper awareness I reflect on what is different. Almost, 99.9% of the time. This feeling is because I have not trained. Exercising is the best thing for me. Sometimes I enjoy morning workouts which absolutely boost my day. Or I enjoy early evening workouts, after working all day, loosing energy, the gym completely resets my body. I love it.
Strength is a skill, both mentally and physically. We need to practice being strong in all aspects of our life. When you can focus the mind on what the body wants to achieve, the progress can be exponential. It is important to keep your training goals in an achievable zone. Keep your eyes on the prize. When training, don’t set goals that will be too hard to achieve, because most of the time, you might feel discouraged and give up. One little thing you can do is set a routine, and keep up with it. It can be as small as getting to the gym on time, or working through the full set of reps. Once you start working at maximal effort, it is important to keep your mind clear and focused. The smallest hesitation can result in failure. Pushing your body to physical limits can have profound effects on emotions and feelings.