If you were to ask me what “embrace your strength” meant to me when I first started, I wouldn’t have had an answer. It sounds like a cheesy motivational slogan to draw girls in, only to be sold a product that doesn’t aid in any type of strength development whatsoever. Back when I first started, I thought I had no strengths to embrace.
That wasn’t true. I had plenty of strengths that were buried under years of insecurities, self-defeat, and excuses. It was time to start pursuing obstacles that would bring me to that breaking point, to push me to a place that I had never been before. I discovered that you don’t just become strong because you say you want to. You become strong by putting in the time, and doing things that challenge your body, mind, and heart. When you have to coach all three, that’s when you really find out what embrace your strength means.
Your body, when coached, well nourished, and taken care of, can perform in ways the mind can’t fathom. And that’s the problem. The mind is the gate keeper. The only way to break through is by pushing yourself. Set goals that intimidate you, and find a way to make them happen. Along the way, life will throw challenges. There will be unforeseen events, injuries, sickness, and time constraints. You will have to adapt. You’ll have to learn new things, and apply them on your own.
Now your heart is the piece that makes you whole. Your heart is what keeps you going when your body and your mind tell you no. It’s heart that drags you out of bed early in the morning. It’s heart that grinds out that last rep when your body doesn’t want to keep going, and when your mind has already told you that you can’t. It’s heart that keeps you coming back day in and day out.
If you ask me today what “embrace your strength” means to me, I’d say everything. It means embracing the strength that my body has given me. It means embracing the strength of my mind to be able to strategize and adjust to everyday struggles and problems. It means embracing the strength in my heart, to keep pushing, keep grinding even when the going gets tough. Embracing my strength means staying humble through failures and successes. By doing things that require a tremendous amount of physical strength, it’s your internal thoughts that become the strongest. Your outward appearance is a reflection of your internal strength. Once you truly grasp this, you can achieve anything.
That’s what “embrace your strength” means to me.