Strength training came into my life one afternoon in highschool when my friend Chris asked me to spot him while he bench pressed in the school weight room. It was LOVE at first sight even though I didn’t start lifting weights regularly until university, and it remains my big love to this day at age 37. There’s no feeling more empowering than an awesome sweat session from lifting weights and getting stronger everyday.
As I got more into strength training, those of you who lift will know what I mean when I say it is such an important metaphor and teacher for life: the more we practice lifting heavy things, the more strength and resilience we cultivate for handling the heavy things in life. Soon, I was asking myself ‘how can I do strength training for other aspects of my self and my life?’
The more we can make a regular practice to build strength physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, the more this strength becomes internalized in who we are and COURAGE is what we become.
Here are four ways to build strength in your life in ways that will serve you:
1. Physically – Get physically strong! The body-mind-energy connection is so incredible that by getting strong on the outside, we start to get strong on the inside. It takes determination, tenacity, discipline, and self-belief to cultivate a strong body, and in that process, you start to embody those qualities. Lifting heavy weights is always good, but if traditional weight training is not your thing, find other ways you enjoy getting physically strong.
2. Mentally – Just as we practice flexing our physical muscles on a regular basis, we should do mental training on a regular basis as well. Daily affirmations, journaling positive things, reading inspiring books, making goals, are all great ways to build mental strength. When life gets challenging, will you have the mental strength to stay positive, think empowering thoughts, and make great decisions? Here is a great affirmation practice if you are looking for something to get started.
3. Emotionally – Let your walls down and take risks from the heart. Just like tearing apart muscle tissues through lifting heavy weights helps to rebuild the muscle into something bigger and stronger, a heart that breaks is a heart that is open and able to rebuild itself into a stronger one. When you are willing to let yourself risk heartache and disappointment in order to stay true to love and compassion, you build up your emotional resilience.
4. Spiritually – There is no power stronger than the energy of the Divine Universe. The more we can stay connected and interact with it on a daily basis, the more we draw from this infinite and all-loving power source. Create rituals and routines to connect in your own way. Every morning as soon as I wake up, I step outside to my patio and offer a thank-you prayer to the Universe for me being alive and for blessing me and my life. I journal and write thank-yous for all the things I’m grateful for as well as for the things I would like to manifest and achieve. When I run, I pay attention to how my feet connect with the Earth and enjoy the nature around me. Cultivate your own relationship with the Divine Source.
The strength you need and want is already within you.
The courage that is your life is there for you to cultivate and nurture.
Believe in the power that you have what it takes to craft your amazing and powerful life.
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