Before I could even touch on the topic of courage, I would first love to talk about strength. At it’s very core, the word strength is defined by how much weight, stress, and pain something or one can endure. Strength can be build through life lessons, writings, environment, even force.
I have heard ” When you go through life struggles and decide not to surrender, THAT is what’s called strength.” I think this quote as been an inspiration to me throughout my life. In every dark corner of my mind, there’s a tiny hope for more, for change; for that little whisper that says you GOT this with so much vindication you can’t help but FEEL it. I might have not been the best listener to that gut feeling, but this road is not for one aspect. Growth is but a board term for the never ending road of many turns.
I want to invite you, as I work through how I went from strength to courage.
Inner Voices or Demons
These suckers can leave you a shredded mess of snot and tears. The worst thing in the world , is hearing degrading words from a voice similar to your own. The hits are harder because the ammunition is coming straight from the source and for some reasons even though we all know it’s in our heads, the SHOTS are still direct hits.
When I started my journey, it took so much to get out of my head. No more whispers, they became shrieks and laughter. I felt my insides quiver with the thoughts I could not escape. It was a depressing time for me but I knew one thing. That change can not appear if I did not change first.
CHANGE takes strength and I had been through so much at this point I was a shell of my former self. So I came up with Gym Time, Me Time and it has taken me beyond what I could have expected. This gave me time to mediate in a way. I was able to release frustrations and negativity. I spent that time doing self affirmations and pep talking the heck outta myself. Never give up, your reward will come when consistency is shown.
I became my own cheerleader and the power I took back gave me the STRENGTH needed to slowly raise my head to it’s former glory.
But First, The Grunt Work
After seeing my doctor because one should always ask your doctors opinion when life styles changes are involved, I started to branch off into other areas. My growth grew and so did the concept starting to form in my head. Can you cross heal yourself using mental capability against the body?
You will see the through the steps below and it’s habits I ‘enforced’ upon myself.
6 Habits To Help You Build Mental Strength:
- Having a Fit Mind – is caused by taking care of yourself and exercising regularly as it is shown to improve your brain activity and memory. If you are feeling good about yourself, your perceptions are clearer and you are happier.
- Focus on ONE Thing at a Time – Often time, focusing on multiple things at once can cause a person to feel staggered and lazy. Feeling like there is no end in sight can get pretty frustrating and disheartening. Try to CENTER yourself. Finish with point A before trying to go to B.
- Set Aside Time to Move Your Body – Releasing the jiggers and stress from your body by stretching or exercising can also help release all the bad vibes you are feeling. This can lead to a better and faster growth.
- Give Yourself a Daily “Mindfulness Break” – Breaks are important. Think about it, growing take a lot out of a person. When you are in kindergarten, did you not have breaks? Also, I have been told numerous times that growth come when kids sleep. So breaks are GOOD (Give Your Self A Break) Do not be afraid of the break factor. Trust me, it is needed.
- Set Limits and Stick With Them – So give yourself a schedule and stick by it. Any type, it’s up to you! This will teach you time management. You will get more done and you’re feeling of accomplishment will skyrocket! The proud feeling you will make you feel GREAT!
- Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out for Help – I am glad to have a very few good people in my life that I can reach out too. Not everybody does, but if that is the case; we are here, we are family. No one will be denied the help needed. If you have the strength to ask, then someone should have the strength to answer.
Strength Meet Courage
It really hard to say exactly when strength builds up into courage. I believe that if you want something bad enough, it can over ride the fear and strength is converted into courage. Courage to me is the baby to strength and determination. While one is the brawn, the other is the mental. Together they can create a force that SURPASSES even the unlikely.
CAN one be courageous, but have no strength of mind and body?
The answer is simple; you CAN’T. There are people who think being a bully, for lack of better words, are strong. But just because a person screams and shouts doesn’t make it right. And an abuse of power makes a person WEAK because they have to use intimidation or worst to appear stronger.
After the list of habits slowly worked for me, things started getting a little easier. I was sub consciously using and integrating them into my way of life so that I may never stop learning and growing ever again.
My wish is to share this with hopes that it can help you down your path. If you need a helping hand, I’ll be here HELPING you build your STRENGTH, so that when you let go, the earth shakes and you are REBORN.