The true test of strength and agility is not defined by one’s bicep circumference. It is not measured in laps or touchdowns, miles or bench press weight. True strength comes from mindset, determination, and intentional actions that create a strong mental foundation.
Being mentally strong does not mean that you never break. It doesn’t mean that you won’t ever find yourself in darkness. Mental strength doesn’t make you emotionally invincible. Mental strength is approaching these situations not without fear, but with grit and tenacity. Inner vigor is not consistent success, it is embracing a failure, learning from it and becoming an even stronger version of yourself.
I have faced the toughest months of my life this year. I will not claim to be Wonder Woman, but here I am killing it. If nothing else, 2022 has taught me that I’m stronger than I ever could have imagined. I have had to learn to become mentally strong. It was not a robust trait that stayed dormant until called upon. It requires continued practice and acknowledgement. Just like replacing that pesky underarm jiggle with muscle, I have had to train, and retrain my brain to be brawny.
Committing to mental strength requires the formation of new habits. New habits take time to form and become second nature, but if you come face to face with a mentally challenging monster you will be grateful for taking the time to stretch your mind.
What do mentally strong people do?
I haven’t conquered Mount Saint Crapshow. I haven’t slayed the dragon of despair. But I have learned how to stay mentally strong.
I will forego the title of Wonder Woman, and stick with Mighty Mouse. They say, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” Good thing all four foot eleven of me is closer to the ground, for if I do happen to take that stumble I’m well equipped (and strong enough) to jump back up again.