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5 ways to cultivate your inner strength

How many times you wished you had more inner strength, willpower or self-discipline?

How many times you lacked the persistence and inner stamina to follow your decisions and plans?

Do you admire and respect strong individuals, who have overcome obstacles and difficulties and reached far, because of the inner strength they possessed?

Most people are not are not born with inner strength, but it can be developed like any other skill. It consists of willpower, self-discipline, persistence, the ability to concentrate and peace of mind.

1. Refusing to satisfy unimportant or unhealthy desires: Refusing to satisfy useless, harmful or unnecessary desires, and abstaining from negative reactions adds to your inner strength. Intentionally acting contrary to your habits, on certain occasions, would sharpen and strengthen your inner strength. You get stronger through constant practice, just like exercising your muscles at a gym makes your muscles stronger. In both cases, when you need inner power or physical strength, they are available to you and are at your immediate disposal.

2. Know who you are: Insecurity is an inner-strength killer. Your personality is the foundation of power. Get to know it well. Use tools like StrengthsFinder and the work of Kathy Kolbe to understand who you are and how you function best. Then, work on getting comfortable in your own skin. The happier you are with yourself, the less the outside world can do damage, and the more you can give in peace.

3. Spend time in silence: The world is a noisy place. Distractions and disruptions can chip away at your core, leaving you frazzled and beat up. Take time to rejuvenate. Set aside one day a month to completely unplug from everything. That means no email, music, TV, or people. It's a great time to connect with nature and just sit with your thoughts. The only way to calm your inner chaos is with 100 percent focus.

4. Give yourself a good home: When you can't go home and relax at night, you begin every day with a weak start. Get your house in order. If your relationship is bad, fix it or end it. If the kids are out of control, work with professionals to right the ship or send them off to boarding school. Make sure you live in a home that makes you feel happy and proud. Your home should be a safe haven that is worth working and fighting for.

5. Set a routine: Every ounce of energy wasted drains your inner strength. Why do things inefficiently and redundantly? Control what you can control so you can focus your efforts and brainpower on the things you can't control. Grab a notebook. Separate your daily tasks into repetitive tasks and thinking tasks. Then create processes and routines for the repetitive tasks. You'll be thrilled with the time and brain space you just found.

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