Find your strength
Strength is gained only through a process of tearing down and rebuilding. This applies to your musculature as well as your life.
To get strong any athlete knows that by lifting weight, you are actually causing tiny tears (known as “micro-tears”) in the muscle fibers, which the body then repairs and adapts the muscles to better handle the stimulus that caused the damage.
Just like building muscle to get strong, in life we are faced with a multitude of “micro tears” that look like life’s curveballs and adversity.
Why is it that we are so inclined and focused on creating the tears in our muscles so we can grow, rebuild, adapt and become stronger physically, but do not face life’s micro-tears the same way?
Every obstacle or challenge you face is an opportunity to adapt. Really think about that. Every heartache, every fear, evey bump, every bruise, and every challenge is an opportunity to adapt and become stronger and more resillient.
To adapt does not mean to give into the situation, it means adjusting to new conditions by going through a series of steps to become resilient:
Step 1 – LEARN
Learn from the positive and negative experiences. If your situation is unfavorable, how did you get there? Where do you want to be? What will you do differently next time? What are some things to look out for to avoid the same outcome?
Step 2 – GROW
Growth is all about action. Once you have learned about your circumstances and identified what you value it is time to take action. Time to make behavioral changes that will put one foot forward in the new direction you want to take.
Step 3 – RESILIENCE
If you have learned all you can from a situation and have a plan of action when faced with the same scenario or one similar, you are now resilient. You are now more likely to avoid falling into the same scenario which makes you that much stronger.
Becoming a strong individual starts with a mindset, follows through with an action, and remains in tact through repetition and remembrance. Life will never be short on obstacles, it is how you deal with them that matters.
If you fail to adapt to an obstacle, you can be sure to see it again. So learn, grow, adapt, and master every obstacle so when they come around again you are equipped with the lessons learned the last time to make a HUGE obstacle seem like a minor speed bump in the day.
You are in control of your own strength.