You Are Stronger Than You Think
I remember a few months after I started teaching one of my students told me after class the postures weren’t so hard anymore. I told her the postures don’t change, we just get stronger.
Have you ever had the chance to see a baby learn to walk? It’s an amazing feat. They help themselves up, hold on and bounce up and down. They may be enjoying themselves but this is how they strengthen their legs. At first, they hold on tightly (to the railing or a table)with both hands, then with one hand, until they can stand up alone. This is how they learn to balance. It may be a few weeks to a few months before they get the mechanics of it all and start walking on their own.
As we continue to grow we learn all sorts of skills. We learn to read and write, paint and play the piano, ride a bicycle and swim. I’m sure many of us still have memories of how easy or hard it is was to actually learn them. And many of us gave up only after a few tries--oftentimes out of fear, frustration or lack of determination.
My student could have easily gone to another class, one where the postures required less physical strength. When we are beginners some things are difficult. They seem impossible. Phrases such as, “This is not for me”, “This is too hard”, “I would never be able to do this” probably cross our mind more than once.
What about the achievements, the amazing abilities and the jaw-dropping talents of some of those who were born with disabilities, those who have lost limbs or certain body capabilities? We can learn so much from them: Courage, perseverance, dedication, resilience, determination, confidence.
On the surface, it seems as though the only way to obtain results is through a physical practice, but actually it requires a great deal of emotional and mental strength.
Many times we convince ourselves that we don’t need to learn (insert anything you like), but the truth is, learning something new is not hard or easy. It is what it is. Some things require more or less effort, but it is your dedication, perseverance, and consistency that make you succeed.
Those who have the determination to continue are the ones who overcome the mental obstacles, the negative self-talk and in the end, become stronger.
Did you read Courtney’s post from yesterday, “Not as Strong as You Think?” She talks about how at times she doesn’t feel the strength that others see in her.
At times we may all experience these same feelings. Being able to recognize them, deal with them and continue along our chosen path requires strength beyond the physical body. Yes, at times there is frustration and maybe even resignation. Having the willpower to continue even when you feel weak, when you are physically tired, when you feel beaten down and defeated, depends on your mental and emotional fortitude.
I believe you are much stronger than you think. All you have to do is put in the work, make an effort and try. To gain physical strength that’s easy. It takes practice and time. But when you set your mind and heart to something and achieve it, that is the true strength. Believe in your dreams, believe in yourself and make a daily effort towards them.
Lots of love,