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Finding Your Strength

Finding Your Strength

Jen Jones

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Just like people aren't born with physical strength, no one is blessed with incredible mental strength at birth, either. Both mental and physical strength are developed over time by individuals who choose to make it a priority. In addition to avoiding things that could hold them back, whether it be dietary restrictions, or avoiding negative people, strong people create healthy habits that assist them in growing stronger. Here are five habits that you can put into practice on a daily basis to become stronger, both mentally and physically:

1) Use Your Time & Energy Wisely

It’s easy to get distracted throughout the day by a variety of unimportant and unproductive tasks. Mentally strong people choose to use their time and energy carefully. Devote your efforts to the things that matter most so you can accomplish your goals.

2) Reframe Negative Thoughts

Everyone has negative thoughts sometimes, but don’t let those thoughts hold you back or drag you down. Instead, stay motivated to do your best by taking a different approach to those negative thoughts. Find a workable solution to the problem and tackle it with a positive outlook.

3) Work Toward Established Goals

Strong people establish clear personal and professional goals that give them meaning and purpose. Practice SMART goal setting and view obstacles as challenges, rather than roadblocks to your success. Instead of aiming to lose 50 pounds, set a goal to work out three times in a week.

4) Reflect on Your Progress

Reflect on your progress toward reaching your goals every day. Set aside time to examine what you’re doing well, and acknowledge areas that need improvement. Hold yourself accountable for mistakes and constantly strive to grow better.

5) No Pain, No Gain

While some people go to great lengths to avoid any type of distress, others endure pain simply to prove they're tough. Strong people, however, tolerate pain when it serves a greater purpose. Whether it’s doing one more rep or going one more round despite being exhausted during a workout, or delivering a speech despite being terrified of public speaking, use your pain and discomfort to become better.

Strength comes in all shapes, sizes, ages, and races, and it’s not always as easy to spot as seeing someone who appears physically fit. At 9Round, we hear stories of strength every day that inspire us. Stories from people who have achieved amazing results and are in the best physical shape of their lives. Stories from people who have overcome illnesses, personal hardships, and other obstacles. These stories are why we do what we do… to inspire people every day to be the best version of themselves, to be strong.

Follow 9Round on Facebook to see more real-life stories of people who are STRONG. To submit your own story of strength, email us at iam@9round.com

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