Have you asked yourself if you are a strong or weak person? If you answered a strong person, have you asked yourself if you are growing in personal strength? I’d like to think of myself as a strong person who is always growing in personal strength. This means to me that personal strength is measured on a continuum. To share a little, one of the reasons I have survived dark moments, seasons of valleys, and feelings of insecurities and worthlessness was a result of knowing once I end up in the “light at the end of the tunnel,” I will be a stronger woman. I guess I can call it my motivator- increased strength and inspiration- to be a strong woman. This survival technique reminds me of the term I call “growing strength.” It’s knowing that overtime, my strength will grow as I experience various types of life’s growing pains. Of course in the moment I dislike the tears, discomfort, confusion, instability, and the like, but I know it’s all part of the process. I remind myself that there is always something to look forward to (the good seasons of life and no heartache) and someone to look up to (God). Coming to terms that life will bring me challenges and how I choose to respond and invite personal growth into my life has helped me to persevere. I feel ready and in control, and instead of trying to dodge a challenge, I grow through it with the help of loved ones, outside resources, and self-help. I think to grow in strength and to be considered a strong person is a beautiful character trait. For me, it also gives me to confidence that I need when the next challenge arises because my perseverance in past obstacles affirms my personal strength. I love meeting people who are emotionally strong and have survived some of life’s crazy challenges. I find those people have lively stories to share and I can learn a great deal from them. They are also the ones that I want to go to when I am going through a rough time. Further, some of these people encourage me by reminding me of my strength when I truly feel weak.
Where do you stand with personal strength?