Strength is emotion.
Strength is hitting a wall, having the courage to recognize the difficulty, and getting past it.
You aren't born with it. The way you get strength, the kind you can't see, is through challenges. Everything that you don't like, everything that grates at you, everything that makes you cry, makes you angry, makes the negative emotions flood from your soul, is a challenge.
An 8 page paper. A 20 minute presentation on a new technology. Rejection from your dream company. Getting into a car accident. Death in the family. Being late for lunch with a friend. Disagreeing with someone else's choices. A break up. Operating on 6 hours of sleep for the week because of exams. You name it.
You have to exercise your mind. Will you let the situation crumple your energy and soul like paper mache? If someone or a situation can affect your sense of self with a single comment or defeat -- then you haven't built the strength to get you through. It's an eye-opening litmus test. Life is not a dress rehearsal. You've got one life. Live it right.
Ask yourself, how would life be if you weren't a victim of circumstance?
How would life be if you could control your attitude and outlook on life?
What if you could truly say and believe 100% that if life gave you lemons, you would smile and make lemonade?
What if you could reframe every situation - in a way that would allow you to live freely. To focus on what's right with the world. That in this life, things may go wrong, but there is a natural order. To understand that there is more love in the world than hate. That everyone is at a different balance right now. Some are very negative and cynical and pessimistic. That's fine. But we know it's cyclical. They will reach a point where they are positive again. Who knows for how long?
The way I live is to embrace the opposite. What if you could break the cycle? What if you could live every day on purpose and live positively? What I'm asking for is something that will undoubtedly change your life in a way that will fulfill your greatest dreams and goals. Even if you don't end up getting exactly what you want, this state of mind will achieve more than you ever have because you stop focusing energies on what you can't achieve, and all of your energies on the expectation that you WILL. It's much easier and simpler when you live on these extremities.
Live life on the edge. I've learned to be strong. So can you.