5 Tips to Develop Your Inner Strength and Power
Have you ever wondered how to develop your inner strength and power? How many times have you wished that you had more willpower or self-confidence, inner strength and power? How often have you lacked inner strength and power, or lacked enough persistence to follow your decisions and plans?
Inner strength and power is not something that you are born with, but it can be developed like any other skill. Your inner strength consists of self discipline, self control, willpower, detachments, persistence, peace of mind, and the ability to concentrate.
Your willpower on the other hand is the inner strength to take actions, make decisions, manage and execute any task, regardless of any resistance, difficulties, or discomfort. It is the ability to overcome temptations, negative habits, laziness, and to carry out actions, even if they are tedious and unpleasant.
Once you train and exercise your willpower, you will be full of courage, strength, and assertiveness. As your inner strength and power grows, it will become easier for you to get rid of attitudes and habits that are a hindrance in your way to a better life.
“Our inner strengths, experiences, and truths cannot be lost, destroyed, or taken away. Every person has an inborn worth and can contribute to the human community. We all can treat one another with dignity and respect, provide opportunities to grow toward our fullest lives and help one another discover and develop our unique gifts. We each deserve this and we all can extend it to others.” ~ Mark Twain
Listed below are 5 tips to develop your inner strength and power, thus enrich your overall life.
- Practicing Meditation
One of the best ways to develop your inner strength and power is to practice meditation as it helps you relax in many ways, provides relief from stress, and boosts your energy levels. A few relaxation techniques you can follow are:
- Strictly focus on breathing and nothing else.
- Count your breaths, as this will help you in concentrate on breathing.
- The sharpness of your focus will lessen, once your breathing evens out. You will begin to think more clearly and other stray thoughts that often seem to jumble our minds will be cleared.
- Try again to return your concentration to the breathing, and begin counting again.
- Breathe Deep
Learn the art of deep breathing appropriately, so that your inner strength and power are enhanced. The demand of oxygen for your brain increases, when you feel tensed, whereas shallow breaths reduce the intake of oxygen that leads to suffocation of the brain cells.
Breathe through your nose until you feel full, though not excessively so. While you deep breathe, your abdominal area will increase and your chest will rise. While exhaling, draw your lower abdominal area in, followed by the upper. Stay in that position for half a second, and then continue with the exercise.
- Laugh Freely
Laughter helps a great deal in boosting your inner strength and power, as it causes the release of endorphins. Having a good laugh makes you feel good about yourself, which makes your energy levels rise.
When you genuinely laugh, there is a rise in your blood pressure and heart rate that makes the blood flow more efficiently throughout the body. Remember, that more blood flow results in higher energy levels.
- Forgive Easily
If you hold a grudge against anyone, the pent up stress can make you feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulder. Such a feeling of emotional drain can be very unproductive and can completely consume you, thus it is better to forgive and let go.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you should forget what hurt or angered you; instead you should be the higher person and show that nothing can keep you down. It takes you beyond the role of being a victim, and places you in the driver’s seat. You should not be a victim, instead, take control of the situation and expend your energy elsewhere.
- Handle Obstacles
Learning to handle obstacles is the best way to exercise your inner strength and power, stand your ground, and succeed. The world presents you with various challenges so that you learn how to develop mental strength, grow more confident and strong.
To succeed in overcoming obstacles, you need to have the inner strength and power to stick through any adversity. You must have the mindset to believe more in yourself than in the obstacles, and have the willingness to do what it takes to turn the obstacles around. Take action and overcome them!
Your personal success and personal failure, all start in the mind. Success in life is about managed thoughts, focused attention, and deliberate action.
You need to eliminate negative beliefs that have been holding you back from reaching your goals, by tapping into the power of your unconscious mind. Your inner strength and power develops by overcoming inner resistance.
How do you develop your inner strength and power? What helps you achieve it, and how do you get inspiration to achieve this strength and power?
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I find meditating for 10 minutes and spending some time alone brings me to build strength.
When I finished reading this post I realized that it is actually an older one. I hope it is ok to comment anyway since I think it is very powerful. I totally agree with all of your points. To have – and keep – a healthy self-confidence, it is important to realize where your focus is on. Especially getting bitter instead of forgiving takes so much energy and focuses on the wrong direction. Thanks for reminding 🙂
And a good laugh! Well, that always helps, no matter what 🙂
Hi Ilka – good to see you back again 🙂
Oh yes…this is one of the older posts, but all that’s written is evergreen I guess, and you are most welcome to comment on any post on this blog – no worries at all. It’s just the guest posts that I close the comments to after a few days so that the guest authors aren’t disturbed, but all other comments are mainly open, though I might start closing the ones to very old posts some day.
Forgiving someone is the toughest part I think, and if you can manage to do that, you are on your path to becoming better – yes, a laugh always does help 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂
After reading this post I feel like I need to work really very hard on all the points above. Neither to I know how to laugh, I give up hopes when faced with Obstacles. It is very difficult of me to forgive people who have hurt me. Harleena Ma’am what will you advice me to start with. should I start practicing Meditation which can help me improve my inner strength ??
I’m sure once you do work hard to develop your inner strength and power = nothing can stop you from being a happy and successful person 🙂
Giving up is the easiest thing to do, but what takes strength and courage is facing the failures, the obstacles and taking them as a challenge. By fogiving people, you are helping yourself get over the hurt, so you help yourself more than them, or else you keep bearing the pain and hurt for long – what would you choose?
Meditation does help to calm you down and elevate your mood too. It helps you spend time with your inner-self, and I think it would help you 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your feelings 🙂
Wow! no words to express just amazing…… very effective words…… nicely written…….magical thoughts came from a magical hand…….
Glad you liked the post and could relate to it.
Thanks for stopping by, and for your words of appreciation 🙂
Hi Harleena, I loved reading this one!
Sometimes it just takes a great article to remind us that life is too short and we need to focus on making more out of today. I tend to breath more when I’m trying to gather my thoughts or simply get something done that’s a long task. As you know I put back many hours in a day… I’m starting to think a normal day job may be easier lol…
Glad you enjoyed the post Brian!
You are absolutely right there! Sometimes the smallest of deeds, gestures, or words are enough as reminders to let us value life much more and appreciate the inner strength and power we all have within us that’s waiting to be tapped.
You are surely handling a great deal and I love the way Blogengage is rising new heights and doing so well, which is all due to your dedication, hard-work, and commitment.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for creating such a wonderful platform for all of us to be able to share our work with one another. 🙂
Ok, so I start off with your most beautiful post and I must agree you made a brilliant choice!
I love the way you describe how we might try achieving and realizing those inner strengths. One needs to do some amount of self reflection as to realize what their true source of inner powers are! Though it is hard becoming perfect it is easy to at least have that realization.
For me, it has always been my belief that things will and shall get better. That has been my power. Also, I have a wonderful family who always believe in me and just help to keep going. They are my strength!
Glad you liked the post Hajra!
Yes indeed, our main source of inspiration, our inner strength and power does lie within us- waiting to be tapped. However, we seek it everywhere else, except within us 🙂
Nice to know that your family believes in you, which in itself is a hidden strength that you have. And moving with the positive approach that everything will and shall get better solves all hurdles as you progress in life.
Thanks so much for stopping-by. 🙂
Love your message Harleena… I couldn’t agree with you more.
Let’s see, which one is my strongest point? Heck, I do them all actually. I meditate each morning before I start my day and there is always laughter in my life. A lot of times I’m just laughing at myself. That’s another reason I enjoy sharing fun videos on my social networks because I think everyone needs to smile or laugh each day so maybe if that hasn’t happened to them yet, something I have shared definitely will.
Lots of wonderful comments I must add. Glad to hear how well everyone is doing too.
Thanks again and enjoy your weekend.
Glad you could resonate with the post Adrienne!
You must be practicing all these points as it is so visible through your charismatic personality, and we all are able to see that right through! Mediation sure helps us get better daily and adds to our self development, and I practice Transcendental Mediation, though wish I could be more consistent with it.
You have a beautiful smile as is so evident from your avatar, and it spreads joy among everyone who comes across you or your picture. Yes indeed, we all do need that much missing laughter in our lives, and to be able to think about others who could be needing laughter in their lives, adds to your wonderful nature as well.
Thanks for appreciating the comments and adding so much more value to the post. 🙂
Awesome advice. I have thought about learning meditation and even Yoga, but so far the only thing I do in order to develop my inner strength and power is to walk for a long time and usually in a forest. I love walking alone, just me and nature, and listening to birds and the wind or whatever (without any distractions from people or vehicles) it makes me both calm and creative.
That’s what I do, and everytime I feel a little stressed, I go outside and walk for an hour and I’m back to normal again 🙂
Glad you could relate to the post and liked the tips Jens!
Wow! Walking in the forest and looking for inner peace, sure sounds interesting. I guess you can find that much needed inner-peace or relate to your inner-self, anywhere where there is a quiet and peaceful place, and you are alone with yourself. I love my early morning walk with nature and just love to be with nature and the cool air in the morning hours. If you can connect with your inner most self anyhow, that is what works best for you I think. However, if you get the chance or time, try out meditation and yoga as well- they help a lot as well.
Thanks for stopping-by 🙂
I like the breathing exercise. I did it for couple of minutes before I continued reading your post and seems like I got lots of energy! The good thing is that it helped me relax my mind a bit.
Moreover, among the list, I think the most important yet difficult thing to do is to learn and handle obstacles. There are times that we are feeling down and we can no longer think right because we are focused too much with our problems. The downside of it is we tend to forget more important things that we need to finish because we procrastinate most of the time.
On my part, whenever I sees myself in this situation, I simply counter my negative thoughts and turn everything in positive ideas. In that way, I could also think of a solution on how I can handle all obstacles in my life.
Glad you could connect to the post Audrey!
I am happy that you did practice the breathing exercise and found a good change as well. Yes, learning to handle obstacles with a positive frame of mind and determination makes all the difference. Obstacles also arise because we lack the will-power to make a difference and change our attitude and the working situation- where procrastination is a major problem, just as you mentioned.
Thanks for stopping- by 🙂
Yeah! I totally agree with you.
Sometimes, problem get tougher because we usually complicate things. Rather than accepting the fact that we have to deal with our problems, we rather choose to run away and question the universe why we’re so unlucky that we have problems in life.
Nice that you do agree and were able to connect with the post Audrey!
You are right there that we are the ones who invite problems at times and make this simple life, so complicated. I guess we ought to develop our inner strength and power, accept life and live it to the fullest- every single day, without really thinking about all the ifs and buts.
Thanks for stopping-by. 🙂
I think what we ultimately want is inner peace. At the root of all our actions that is the driving force…..PEACE.
Welcome to the blog Akos!
Yes, you are absolutely right- we all seek inner peace and happiness. Once we develop our inner strength and power, we are able to connect with out inner-self that gives us peace.
Thanks for stopping-by 🙂
I really enjoyed this. I look forward to much more. Thank you very, very much.
Glad you liked the post George and thanks so much for your visit 🙂
Beautiful post, Harleena.
I love the reminder that we can all develop and work on that inner strength. One thing I’ve found lately that really helps me is to lean on someone else (my coach, a friend, etc) for that strength when I don’t feel like I’ve got it–their encouragement helps me find it again.
Warm welcome to the blog Michelle 🙂
Glad you liked the post! I love your tip about finding your power, strength, inspiration, and motivation in your low or down times, in your coach,friend, or spouse. Yes that does work wonders, and especially when you know you have someone you can count on.
Thanks for adding more value to the post 🙂
Harleena, aloha. What a beautiful post!
To be sure all are great tips, however, the two that resonate most with me are to laugh easily (or at least smile easily) and to forgive. Years ago I heard the quote about anger poisoning the person who holds on it and ever since then, I have consciously let go of anger, hurt or negative feelings.
In terms of developing inner strength, a quote from Viktor Frankl has been an inspiration to me ever since i first heard it many decades ago.
“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Harleena, when you think about what he endured as well as the person he was both during his confinement as well as afterwards, how can you not be inspired to choose the attitude that propels you forwards.
Thanks so much for sharing your words of wisdom, Harleena. Until next time, aloha. Janet
P.S. Love the new look of your blog. Congratulations!
Glad you liked the post and could connect to it. You have a beautiful smile, which being the reason that one of the tips resonates with you! Smiling and laughing are often two factors most of us forget in our daily lives, though something that is very important.
Forgiving is also an art very few can accomplish. Love the inspirational quote from Viktor Frankl, and I have also heard that the person holding onto grudges, anger and any kind of negative feelings, harm themselves more than others. To let go, flow freely, and forgive is what would help you evolve into a better human being.
Thanks for adding more value to the post 🙂
This post fills me with hope and positivity, Harleena! =) You are such an amazing writer and I love the idea of being able to train our willpower. Sometimes, it just seems easier to say that it’s not possible, but that wouldn’t be fulfilling. =P
Meditation is something that I really need to work into my daily schedule again. Thanks for these excellent tips and for reminding me of the value of some of the simplest things such as breathing. =)
Nice to learn that you found some meaning in the post Samantha!
It gives me a nice feeling to know that my small efforts help someone- for me that is an achievement in itself. Yes indeed, saying no or turning towards negativity is the easiest way out. However, to brave the fronts, face all odds, and proceed forwards is what takes strength and courage. Meditation is something tried, tested, and does wonders. For me, it does connect me to my inner-self – besides the peaceful time I find for going within myself.
Thanks for stopping-by to comment 🙂
Meditation and breathing are truly valuable, and are physiological methods to guide the psyche to health. The spiritual guidance to forgive easily is more difficult to follow, and is critical for physiological health. The mind and body are one, and we have tremendous choice in how well we conduct ourselves. But it takes focus and determination. As you point out, Hareena, one can get some of that from meditation.
Glad you could relate and connect to the post Astro!
Meditation and breathing sure do help a great deal, though forgiveness is something that needs to be practiced and is something that gives a lot of peace of mind! Learning how to forgive someone truly takes a big heart and a determined mind, and it does result in giving you peace of mind.
Thanks for commenting 🙂
There’s sure a whole lot of power to this post. Meditation is something I’m always seeking to improve. I try and meditate daily, and there’s always so many areas to explore when you do so. I love to imagine and visualize when I’m meditating too.
And breathing deeply. Yes! I love to breath deep.
Welcome to the blog Christian- sure nice to have you here!
Glad you could connect to the post, and yes meditation helps a great deal. I try and practice Transcendental Meditation whenever possible, though ideally once you start, it’s best to remain regular with it too. It has amazing health benefits, besides improving your inner core 🙂
Thanks for adding more value to the post 🙂
Thanks, NICE ONE….
Glad you liked it Ali 🙂
All tips are really nice, I always use deep breathing- nice share.
Glad you liked and found the tips useful Parminder- and yes, deep breathing also helps a great deal.
Thanks for commenting 🙂
Thank you for pointing out that one has or can find in oneself the emotional strength to speak up for what is right, no matter how difficult, and take deliberate action. We can stand up to injustice and make the world a better and more ethical place.
Welcome to my blog Oyla!
Glad you could find value in the post, and yes we all have the hidden inner strength and power within us that just needs to be tapped. Sure, the world becomes a much better and enjoyable place when we discover our hidden powers and take action.
Thanks for commenting and do visit the blog again 🙂
Meditation was something that I started several years ago and it really does help to balance me out and keep me focused. I watched the Tina Turner movie in the late 1990’s and I remember how daily meditation was the first step that she took in order to break free from her husband and become a free woman.
And yes, the art of forgiveness. It really helps to release those things that do not serve us.
Welcome to the blog Justin- it sure is nice to have you over!
I also practice Transcendental Meditation, if you have heard about it, and yes, I agree there with you- it sure has only benefits and helps us balance out our lives a great deal. However, I am not very regular with it, something that needs to be worked on- thanks for the reminder though.
Forgiveness again is something seldom people are able to do- right from the heart, though if one manages to do that, a major of our inner problems are solved.
Thanks for adding more value to the post 🙂
I lost my inner strength bit by bit without even realising it. I only recently thought about how I was a go-getter when I was younger, less thoughtful, and had no responsibility of kids.
I want to recapture this again. I don’t want to be thoughtless, just less thoughtful and a bit more impulsive. I want to act rather than think and I’m taking steps to rekindle that part of me.
Welcome to the blog Anne- sure is great to connect!
Nice to learn about a part of your life, which happens to the best of us. In our daily rut of lives we do tend to lose ourselves, our strength and power, and it is only after a passage of time do we realize what we have lost. But I am sure with passing time, you would surely recapture your inner strength and power, which is never lost, but stays deep within us. Wishing you all the very best.
Thanks for stopping-by and do visit the blog again 🙂
Harleena, great post. I feel pretty confident that I have integrated four out of these five tips into my life.
I struggle with #4. I’m not convinced that a failure to forgive makes you a victim.
There are one or two people in my life with whom I am still angry. I can’t let go. Now, in my defence, they aren’t asking forgiveness; they don’t think that they did anything wrong. It’s very hard to ‘forgive’ when there is no apparent gesture of regret or remorse from the person that caused you pain. I don’t, however, feel victimized because I’ve moved on. I rarely think about it. In fact, I feel somewhat liberated having removed those people from my life. Sometimes, I do think that is necessary.
Glad you liked the post Ruth and have integrated most of the tips already- surely a great achievement!
Yes, at times it does get hard to forgive and let go, especially when the person who caused you the pain or hurt is not sorry for their deeds, it makes no sense and is best to keep that behind you and move on. If these very people do not affect your working in any way, then it is best that they are forgotten. Though if they happen to be the ones close to you, things can get tough. However, as you age and get wiser, I have seen people learning to forgive and let go much more easily. Maybe they mature, realize things, and know their time is very limited in this world, which we at our age cannot realize.
Thanks for sharing your views 🙂
Hi Harleena, you have a beautiful name! And this very interesting post.
Yes, nothing like keeping our bodies, mind, inner self in good shape….and wrinkles need that fertilizer called ‘stress’ to grow. But laughter relaxes 75 face muscles, stay young longer, ha ha.
You have a nice day, and keep a song in your heart.
Welcome to the blog Uncle Lee!
Glad you liked my name and the post as well. Stress is definitively a wrinkle booster, and laughter IS the best medicine, provided you learn to laugh freely and often, and lessen the stress in your life. Life is actually beautiful and to be enjoyed, though we tend to complicate and make it full of worries and tensions.
Thanks for your valuable comment 🙂
Really awesome tips and ideas on developing our inner strength and power. Well put, this is just what I was looking for- Thank you for posting this Harleena. Keep up the great posts. I look forward to seeing more. Have a magical day 🙂 Rochelle.
Welcome to the blog Rochelle!
Glad you could relate to the post and liked it. Yes, I would surely put up more of such posts in the near future.
Thanks for commenting and please do visit the blog again for more stuff 🙂
I loved your Mark Twain quote and the suggestions about how to develop inner strength and power. Forgiveness was a huge stumbling block for me for years! Interestingly, Mark Twain wrote this about it: “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Then I asked myself what “fragrance” do I shed when I have been crushed. The answer that immediately comes is the changed perspective, the compassion, and empathy I gain when I learn something from a painful experience. And this brings peace that can be felt by others. In this way I gain inner strength and power from all the situations and people that frustrate me and hurt me, for within them all I have found learning of priceless value.
Welcome to my blog Juliet- it sure is nice to have you over!
Glad you liked the quote and suggestions. I love the way you see things about forgiveness, including the awesome quote. Yes, you are so right, each time we undergo pain, we do learn something in return and I think that makes us a stronger and better person. And the art of forgiveness, if practiced, surely brings you peace within and turns you into a better human being.
Thanks for your valuable comment, and do visit the blog again 🙂
Love the post Harleena.
I can tell you practice what you preach and you want us all to have the same fulfillment you have. I’m going to work on laughing more freely. I sometimes get too caught up in the daunting things of life that I forget to laugh more. Nothing makes me happier than making others smile.
Nice to hear you liked the post Bryce!
To be very honest, I do try to practice what I preach, but like I mentioned to Deeone, the forgiveness part still needs to be worked on! Yes, laughing is another aspect that surely seems to have vanished from most peoples lives nowadays, and maybe we have so many other distractions in our lives that we find it hard to have the carefree time to laugh, relax, and let loose. I can well imagine your effort to make others smile, as your picture shows your smiling face always as well!
Thanks for stopping-by to comment 🙂
Great post and tips to help us obtain inner peace, Harleena. I totally relate to this post. I am constantly reminding myself that there’s no obstacle that is bigger than the inner power that lies within me. There are certainly going to be distraction that are sent to deter us from our goals, but the inner strength and power is there to help us keep our focus on what matters the most.
Out of all the awesome tips you listed below, I practice them all, but find that forgiveness and laughter keep me mentally prepared for whatever may arise in my life.
Forgiveness – while it is definitely important to offer it to others, in this case I think it’s important to offer it to ourselves as well. I try not to be so hard on myself when I don’t fully carry out a goal that I’ve set. I simply try to do better at it the next go around. I forgive myself from being distracted, slacking off, or what have you. I get back in my zone and make it work better than the previous time.
Laughter- Well, it’s just really good for the body, mind, and soul to practice this one on a regular basis. It also makes us feel really good about life and everything that life offers us freely.
Awesome post, my friend. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
Glad you could connect to the post and liked it Deeone!
I totally agree with you that all our inner strength and power we have within us cannot be matched up with anything- it lies within us- all what is needed is it being tapped. We need to find that within us and bring it out- and let no kind of hindrance or obstacle stop us from doing that.
I love your point about forgiveness and yes, to forgive ourselves is a very important point also that we often tend to forget, and keep suffering in turn. I find it rather hard to forgive myself though, so maybe tread the path carefully, which again is not right as you lose your free will to do things as you want. Need to practice more of that 🙂
Laughing and smiling- two important things that make life so much lighter and better, are often forgotten in the daily rut of life. But they are so very important for your health and others around you as well!
Thanks for leaving your awesome feedback 🙂