Definition: definition of Strength
1. the quality or state of being physically strong. "cycling can help you build up your strength", "a man of enormous physical strength".
2. the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure.
"they were taking no chances with the strength of the retaining wall".
What makes you strong? What does strength mean to you? Is it physical? Is it mental? Is it attitude? I find myself asking this more and more each day. We change and grow throughout our entire lives. Whether it is intentional or not, things that happen in our lives help to shape who we are and the person we will become. So, why not make it intentional?
Recently, I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with more of these like-minded people. Each of them having goals to be happier, healthier, stronger. In each of their unique journeys there are goals and there are struggles. Not every day can and will be the best day ever. The trick is to recognize it. One of these amazing people, L’Erin Stortz (@isagenixteambeauty), said something that will stick with me every day. She said, "When I have a bad day, I remember that tomorrow is a new day and a chance to start again." This was HUGE. I know this deep down, but hearing it from someone else resonated with me.
What does this have to do with strength and getting intentional? Well, we've all heard the phrase mind over matter or mind over body, right? Well, I am here to tell you that it's true. If you spend the time exercising your body, that's great. Exercise releases endorphins, the happy chemicals in our brains. But does that last? Maybe if you workout all day, every day. Why not choose to find your happy by exercising that incredible brain by getting intentional in everything you do. I’m not gonna lie, it's not easy. Like many, I struggle with some pretty tough depression. As a part of my daily maintenance, I take a medicine and talk to my doctor. She amazing and understands that medicine alone won't fix it. Physical and mental exercise, as well as healthy nutrients in my body are essential to overall well-being. By getting intential with my daily routine the change has been mind blowing! Pun intended ;)
My challenge for you, pick one small thing each day to be completely intentional about and write down your thoughts throughout the day. It can be the same thing every day. Start small. Take the entire week to focus on the same thing if you want. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so be patient with your journey. This week, I am focusing on my nutrition. I LOVE food. All types of food, so it is a big challenge for me each day to stay on my plan that helps my brain. What will you focus on? Maybe it’s doing one kind thing each day. Or taking 10 minutes at the start of your day for YOU.
If you are looking for support in your goals to become more mindful, I encourage you to take a look at these incredible classes at https://www.mindsetclasses.com/. The incomparable Laura and Scott St. John have created some wonderful content to help you exercise that beautiful brain and help you to reach your goals of a happier, healthier and more mindful. As always, if something isn’t feeling right physically, mentally or emotionally, consult your doctor.
Embrace your journey. Be well and happy growth.