Many people are aware of the need for ongoing self-improvement. But often the emphasis is placed on external factors: physical fitness, acquiring skills to make yourself a stronger leader, or executive acumen. Here are some ways to help you build up your inner strength. 

Know who you are.

Insecurity is an inner-strength killer. Your personality is the foundation of power. Get to know it well. Use tools like StrengthsFinder and the work of Kathy Kolbe to understand who you are and how you function best. Then, work on getting comfortable in your own skin. The happier you are with yourself, the less the outside world can do damage, and the more you can give in peace.

Decide, commit, and act.

Being strong relies on the efficient use of energy. Indecision saps energy and promotes the failure to act, so learn to be decisive. consider that a gift you give to yourself and others.

Practice calm and self-control in adversity.

Aggression eats away at strength and creativity, replacing them with hostility and close-mindedness. Panic also weakens the soul, preoccupying the mind and prohibiting your light from shining through. Replace them with calm, controlled perseverance, which will help you achieve whatever you’ve set out to do.

Gain control of your body.

It’s tough to feel strong inside if you are unhealthy outside. Make a strong effort to be fit and attractive. Eat well, exercise, and dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. Be proactive about your health, and you can use your body to strengthen your soul. I gain much of my strength from kayaking and running. Sure I struggle with weight (who doesn’t?), but I work hard to stay strong and attractive for the woman I love. Make yourself feel good when you look in the mirror and you’ll start the day feeling powerful.

Spend time in silence.

The world is a noisy place. Distractions and disruptions can chip away at your core, leaving you frazzled and beat up. Take time to rejuvenate. Set aside one day a month to completely unplug from everything. That means no email, music, TV, or people. It’s a great time to connect with nature and just sit with your thoughts. The only way to calm your inner chaos is with 100 percent focus.

Set a routine.

Every ounce of energy wasted drains your inner strength. Why do things inefficiently and redundantly? Control what you can control so you can focus your efforts and brainpower on the things you can’t control. Grab a notebook. Separate your daily tasks into repetitive tasks and thinking tasks. Then create processes and routines for the repetitive tasks. You’ll be thrilled with the time and brain space you just found.

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