Strength is a funny thing. It’s built by being tested. If you want to lift heavier weights, you test your muscles until they grow stronger. If you want strong creative ideas, you have to challenge your mind to produce creative insights, thoughts and art. Strong character is demonstrated by being able to do the right thing in sketchy situations. Returning a lost wallet. Being honest when it’s simpler to lie. Being able to go out, have some drinks with your friends and be above extramarital temptation.
These thoughts on strength inspired me to put words on paper. Consider it a manifesto. A “call to arms” to be strong. Because life doesn’t always go the way that you wish it would. But these challenges are tests. They test your mind, your body and your character. And these tests make you stronger.
The “Be Strong” Manifesto
Life is a test.
And only the strong succeed.
So be strong.
Lift heavy burdens.
After all, that’s how we get stronger.
Use your brain.
Form strong opinions.
Use your heart.
Have strong values.
Don’t compromise them to fit in.
Figure out who you are.
Establish a strong identity.
Project a strong sense of self.
Be strong for your friends.
Be strong for your family.
Support the people that you love.
Build a strong network.
Surround yourself with strong people.
People who push you to be stronger.
Test your strength.
Again. And again. And again.
You’ll come out stronger.
Welcome the next big challenge.
Because now you have the strength.
To confront it. To own it. And to wrestle it to the ground.
Be strong. Be successful.
The inspiration for this manifesto came from two things. The first was the fact that I pushed myself to hit a personal goal that I was working towards for a long time. The second was someone who was able to help me reboot from a recent challenge. These words helped me. What’s helped you?