Ever wonder exactly how strong you are? Or perhaps how you can potentially develop your strength? Ever thought about the inborn strength we all have? The difference between people who are stronger in so many aspects and the people who aren’t is that they always go for it. They have learned, through experience and countless trial and error tests how to pick their battles. They learn what to do when they chose a wrong battle and they got defeated.
If you think some people are naturally born stronger than others, I can’t say you’re wrong. But I can definitely say if this is what you believe in, please, also believe in the fact that you can change it. You can improve your strength. Because you have choices here, you know. Choosing is one of the perks of living. Make the most of it.
I know the change doesn’t happen overnight. But it won’t happen at all if you won’t start shifting your mentality. Instead of focusing on other people or on the setbacks in life, focus on yourself. Your strength. Know that you have it in you. Sometimes, you just need a strength quote or two to remind you of it.
1. On Saving
No one saves us but ourselves. ~ Buddha
When was the last time you told yourself, with all your heart, that you can do it? That you’re strong enough for whatever this world will throw at you… see, the thing about strength that we often forget is that we have it in us. We are actually strong enough to deal with pretty much anything, even when we think we can’t do it. Because at the end of the day, nobody will save us, but ourselves. Trust Buddha.
2. On Strength Within the Struggles
Strength and growth comes only through continuous struggle. ~ Napoleon Hill
What’s the first thing you have in mind when you struggle? I’m pretty sure it has something to do with being tired. That ever-common ‘I can’t do it anymore’ line. Oh sugar, if only you know… strength and growth grow in struggles. I’m not saying allow yourself to struggle. Of course, we should protect ourselves. But struggles are investable. Instead of thinking you can’t do it anymore, remember that it’s in struggles where strength blooms.
3. On Standing Firm
Be sure that you put your feet at the right place, then stand firm. ~ Abraham Lincoln
I have no words to express how true I think this A. Lincoln quote is. If you’ve been standing for so long but nothing’s happening, you still end up falling to the ground or standing shaky, perhaps you’re standing on the wrong place. This is one strange world, people. But if there’s one non-strange thing about it, it’s the fact that knowing what you stand for and believing in it with all your heart is the key to improving your strength.
4. On the Importance of Small Things
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. ~ Mother Theresa
What’s your take on small things? Did you know that small has strength too? Yes, I’m talking about anything and everything small. I’m talking about the little things in life you never thought could affect you. that’s the best thing about this universe – it is packed with so many things that affect us in various ways. And if you know how to value small things, how to have faith in them, you’re allowing yourself to be stronger than you ever thought you could be.
5. On Being Broken
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong in the broken places. ~ Ernest Hemingway
I don’t think I’ve met someone who actually said ‘I want to be broken.’ Because, who the heck wants to be broken? This Ernest Hemingway quote is not about allowing yourself to be broken, but realizing that in the moments when you are, believe that it has something good for you. Brokenness can bring the best and worst of us. It’s up to you which side you believe in, and if you allow brokenness to really break you. Remember that you the option to hone your strength.
6. On Exerting Strength
There are two ways of exerting strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. ~ Booker Washington
There are two kinds of strength, pretty much like anything in this world. The good kind and the bad kind. Now the question is, which kind of strength are you going to hone in you? Which kind of strength do you want to develop? Most of us think being strong is inborn. How much strength you have when you’re born is the same strength you have when you grow up. Totally not true. You have the power to choose here.
7. On Silence
Silence is a source of great strength. ~ Lao Tzu
It takes a strong person to speak his mind. To share his thoughts and pet others know how he feels about things. But it takes a stronger person to be silent. Believe it or not, being in complete silence is a lot harder than you think. We’re all so used to talking, to sharing our opinion. Try to make some changes and go on silent mode. Apparently, silence is one of the best sources of strength. And only the wisest people know this. Including you.
8. On What You Believe In
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yeah… what do you believe in? Do you believe in luck or in cause and effect or both? Do you think you can have both? No. You can’t. I case you’re wondering. Cause and effect is one thing. Luck is another. And it is up to you which you believe in. But if you have a strong person in you, a strong gremlin that pushes you to be your best, you naturally believe in cause and effect.
9. On Strong Will
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. ~ Mahatma Ghandi
Just in case you’re forgetting, strength is not all about physical capacities. It’s not just about muscles and biceps and abs. Strength also exists in our mental and spiritual state. Strength is that mysterious push that we feel whenever we want to do something but for some unknown reasons, feel a little doubtful about it. If you have strong will to accomplish it, you will accomplish it. No matter how much this world tells you, you can’t.
10. On Self Belief
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. ~ Venus Williams
Perhaps all of us have dealt with poor self-esteem sometime in our lives. I mean, I don’t think there’s a person with high self-esteem 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But even when you feel like you don’t believe much in yourself, remember that nothing else could make you a winner but self-esteem. The medal, award, recognition of any kind – they’re all just icing in the cake. True strength and true win comes from within.
11. On Being Alone
She was stronger alone… ~ Jane Austen
For some people, strength means have a tribe behind them. Sometimes, it means having your entire village behind your back, ready to catch you in case you fall. A village that believes in you. But for a few, rare human beings, strength means being alone. And there’s nothing wrong about this. Being strong alone just means you have equal mental and spiritual strength. It means you’re okay on your own because you believe in yourself. And for some, that is enough.
12. On Approval
A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. ~ Veronica Howard
Ever wonder how others make a decision on their own? I mean, they make it super easy, don’t they? Even big decisions, they can do it on their own and they don’t make success or failure a big deal. Strength is the key, my friends. If you decide on something and you know you are strong enough to deal with it – regardless if it turns to something successful or I it fails – making a decision about it don’t need the approval of others.
13. On Allowing Hurt to Come In
Nobody can hurt me without my permission. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Yes and YES. Nobody can definitely hurt you unless you allow them to. I know, this world is full of surprises, and that includes the instances of being hurt. It’s inevitable. But you have the option to either welcome the hurt or not. Sometimes, hurt is good for us. Sometimes, they help us mould a better person in us but when doubtful, go for the second option – don’t permit the hurt to enter your world.
14. On Letting Go
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. ~ Hermann Hesse
The thing about letting go is that it’s often associated with strength. do you know how hard it is too let go? Do you know how difficult and painful it is to know how much one thing (or one person) matters to you but for some reasons, you need to let it go… and you do. Because you’re a strong person. You know letting go is the right thing to do and doing the right thing is not always easy.
15. On Finishing
There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher. ~ Usain Bolt
Starting is one thing, finishing is another. More often than not, we find starting difficult because, well, everything in square one is difficult. But another difficult aspect of anything is actually finishing. We prepare so much about the difficulty in starting but we don’t ready ourselves for the challenges of finishing it. And we’re caught off guard. Only strong people gets to finish something because they’re crazy prepared. On anything. The struggle to finish is not as easy as you may think.
16. On Lasting Toughness
Tough times never last, but tough people do. ~ Robert Schuller
What’s the first thing that enters your mind when thinking about tough times? I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the idea that it’s going to last forever. It’s not, my dear. Tough times last a lot shorter than you think. But tough people? They last a lifetime. Because they can deal with whatever this world throws at them. So the next time you’re stuck in a tough hole, thinking about your strength, and not the difficulty of the situation.
17. On Conflict
The human spirit is to grow by conflict. ~ William Ellery Channing
I don’t think anyone ever said he/she loves conflict. Who does? but the thing about conflict is that it has so many other things about it aside from the complexity we often see. Conflict (in literally anything) allows us to grow and to be a lot stronger than we already are. Sadly, people see conflict as this evil gremlin in life. And maybe, sometimes it is. But other times, it’s through conflict that our strength develops.
18. On Your Last Choice
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. ~ Bob Marley
Life is undoubtingly packed with situations that help us mould our strength. And we don’t often see this. More often than not, we just see such situations as typical situations in life, nothing special about it. So how do we deal with this? Well, it’s all about your personal outlook. If you allow a situation to push you down, then that’s exactly what’s going to happen. But if you bring out the fighter in you, you’ll be amazed at how strong you actually are.
19. On the Beauty of Scars
Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you. ~ Anonymous
This is a winner quote here, people. Don’t say you don’t have a scar because I’m pretty sure we all have it. And the problem is, we’re often too consumed with trying to hide it trying to conceal it. Because that’s what society told us to do. But that’s not really how it should always go. More often than not, getting closer with these scars is one of the best ways to tell the world that you won the battle. That you’re stronger than the thing that tried to hurt you.
20. On the Smile of Survival
Nothing is more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through the tears. ~ Demi Lovato
When was the last time you had a genuine smile on your face? yes, it’s understandable to fake a smile. This world doesn’t stop asking questions so to give the easiest answer, we fake things. But really, when was the last time you genuinely smiled with all your heart? The best thing about smiles that has struggled is that you cannot fake it. And it will always be beautiful, no matter what, no matter how dark this world may seem to be.
21. On Being Gentle
Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. ~ Leo Buscaglia
It’s always easier to put up a strong face. A strong attitude so that people would assume you are a strong person. The real challenge comes to gentleness. It takes a strong heart to go gentle, you know. And more often than not, gentleness is seen as a sign of weakness. Not all people know it takes a strong man to be gentle. Thus, like what Leo Buscaglia said, gentleness can only be expected from the strong.
22. On Struggle and Strength
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. ~ Oprah
Who doesn’t love an Oprah quote… especially this quote about strength and struggle. See, if you rarely struggle, it means you rarely take risks. And if you rarely take risks, it means you rarely get the chance to develop your strength. You do know that strength develops in taking risks, right? So yeah, there you have it… no struggle means no strength. Sorry to burst your bubble dear but struggling, sometimes, it’s more vital than you think.
23. On the Things that Make Us Stronger
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Believe it or not, it really is as simple as this. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Yes, I know, it does sound pathetic at times, but if you come to think of it, life is all about experiences. And there are tons of experiences where we won’t succeed. But in those failures, we learn and we build strength. So technically, if you look at it with an open mind, such failures doo make us stronger. And it didn’t kill us.
24. On Facing Weakness
Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness. ~ Susan Gale
The thing about us, people, is that we’re so fond of avoiding our weaknesses. Don’t deny it… I bet there are many times already where you chose not to do something because it’s your weakness, even if parts of you want to try it. Well guess what, until you face these weaknesses, you will have limited strength. Because it’s the exposure to our great weaknesses that allow us to unleash out hidden strength. And that’s pretty important, dear.
25. On Doing Everything
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Will you die if you take that one big business risk you’ve been wanting to take but you’re too afraid to do? Will you die if you decide to move out and be on your own, off grid? Probably not. So why aren’t you doing it? You think you don’t have time? Or maybe you don’t have enough knowledge, or courage… we can go on and on with this list. But the bottom line is, you can do it. And you’re strong enough to do so. Just believe, dear.