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.
1. 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.
- If you can fix the situation, do so. If you can’t, deal with it.
- If you’re a complainer, ask yourself what you get out of it.
2. 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.
- We’re always starting tasks and then finding an excuse to finish them tomorrow. Finish them today, instead.
3. 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, or second breakfast.
- Go 24 hours without consuming any calories. Nothing but water for a day.
4. Take a cold shower or bath. Hot showers and baths are a pleasure. Cold showers and baths aren’t that appealing. Teach yourself to be comfortable with physical discomfort. You’ll even save a little money by using less hot water!
5. Set a 30-day challenge and stick to it. Start with something easy and put yourself through successively more challenging challenges.
- 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.
6. 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.
7. Visualize. Visualize overcoming all of the obstacles in your life. Convince yourself that you can overcome anything. If you can see it in your mind, you come to believe it.
8. Practice. You become better at what you practice. Shooting 100 free throws each day will help your inner strength when it comes time to shoot a free throw at the end of a close game. Practice what makes you feel nervous or doubtful.
9. 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 mowing your grass, go ahead and mow, but also pull a few weeds. 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!