There are many times that I have written something where I have told you that you’re strong. Or that you can find an inner strength. I’ve told you to write a list of everything that makes you strong. If we really want to peel back the layers of what makes us strong that we should probably explore the different facets of what strength means. What does it really mean to be strong or to show strength? I decided I wanted to look up the definition. I pulled up the definition in Merriam-Webster Dictionary. There was a couple of definitions that it listed that I actually really liked.
Having or marked by great physical power
This is the very first in the definitions. It’s the obvious one that most of us think about. Physical power, to be able to move heavy object and lift weights. This doesn’t mean you have the most physical power in the world. If you increase you’re physical power, then you are showing strength as well. You shouldn’t ever be in competition with anyone but yourself.
Having moral or intellectual power
This is getting a little better. Moral or intellectual power, this encompasses quite a few things. This shows that strength doesn’t just have to be physical but mental as well. Having knowledge and increasing your knowledge is a large part of having strength. To me, this should be a much bigger component spoken of when we talk about strength. If you have strength of mind, it gives us the ability to show strength in every other way. Including gaining physical strength, it starts with having that mental strength.
Having great resources (as of wealth or talent)
I really like that it actually listed talents as a resource. I also like that it’s part of the definition of strength. We all have our talents. They are all different and unique. A talent is defined as a natural aptitude or skill. How else would you describe strength? Something that you are skilled at is a strength. If you are struggling with feeling like you are a strong person, then acknowledge all the things that you are good at. Think of the things that come naturally to you as proof that you are strong.
Not mild or weak
At times we all feel like we are a little weak or stuck in the background. However, there are so many little things throughout the day that prove that we as a species are definitely NOT weak. Life is just hard sometimes, yet we all are still moving forward and still trying to improve. It’s not showing weakness that we are still alive and kicking. That we get up every day and go to work, or the gym, or get kids off to school, or start the chores. We accomplish so many things throughout the day.
Moving with rapidity or force
There is the obvious meaning behind these words. However, I really like these words if we apply it to our goals and our lives. To move with rapidity and force could be you maxing out on the bench and hitting a goal that you’ve been working for. It could be that moment when you have finally lost all that weight and watched your health problem improve or go away completely. It could be working towards a career and pushing through to getting your dream job. Ask yourself how you are going to move forward in your life with rapidity and force. Seriously though, can you tell how much I like this one?
Energy or enthusiasm in a goal or an objective. How do you go about accomplishing your goals? Do you stomp your feet and grudgingly fight against your objectives? Or do you “move with rapidity and force”? (You see what I did there? I got to use this phrase again!). What kind of enthusiasm do you have in any achievement that you are trying to make? For a long time, I felt absolutely no joy about trying to get control of my life and health again. I felt like it was too hard, too much of a stress. However, there came a point where I got my mind and my heart in the right place. All of a sudden, the weight just started melting away. The medical issues all started improving every day.
Do you have strong beliefs? Do you have a sense of purpose? Do you know what makes you… you? How established are you in your sense of self? Being well established is about being content with the person that you are and the direction in life that you’re going. You can accomplish so much if you learn to love yourself and recognize you’re own worth.
What is the definition of strength? YOU ARE!!! YOU are strong! You can do anything that you decide you are going to do. Believe it! Believe that you deserve to be happy and be your best self. We all have the ability to do so many incredible things. We all do so many incredible things every day. Find your inner peace, find your purpose, find your strength.