Living can sometimes be a daunting task. Trying to keep your head up high despite the day’s overwhelming pressures may occasionally seem too difficult. While stress can be beneficial at times, as it helps the body to cope with changes and to get tasks done, when it is abundant, it can leave a person feeling helpless. Since no one is exempt from stress, it is imperative that we learn how to manage it. One of the most effective ways to prevent becoming overburdened by the changes and pressure that life brings is to develop strength. Strength is the force that a being is able to exert in opposition to the crushing pressure that comes against it. When hearing the word strength, many people first think of the physical state that allows the body to resist overwhelming pressure. Yet, it is important to note that strength also applies to the mental, emotional, and soulful states of a being.
The Need for Strength
Differentiating Strength from Power
Music provides us with both strength and power. It helps us develop by preparing us physically, mentally, emotionally, and soulfully. We may discover that we are getting stronger because as life presents us with more obstacles, we may be able to overcome them with greater effectiveness.
Strength is a consistent, slow exertion of force over an extended period of time and is based on the ability to take or resist action. While outer strength is what allows us to build a blockade or to tear one down, inner strength is necessary in remaining perseverant when battling our hardships. Strength is able to be built through such means as wisdom, instruction, and experience.
Power is the exertion of explosive force and is often seen within bursts of energy. Power enables us to react quickly to unforeseen movements made by others and is beneficial in completing challenging tasks. Power also aids in fueling passion as it helps us face our obstacles and accomplish our goals. As Power = Strength * Speed, increasing our strength will increase our power.
Whereas strength is able to help us confront our daily challenges, the energy associated with power is what allows us to be victorious, despite our most difficult adversities.
Finding Strength through Stress and Struggle
Why is strength important?
Strength is important because it helps us cope with the stress of life.
What is stress?
Stress is how our bodies react to change.
Is stress always negative?
No, stress is not always negative. In fact, it can be positive when it allows us to accomplish our tasks.
When does stress become negative?
Stress becomes negative when it is not dealt with properly, when it becomes cumbersome, and when it begins to weigh us down. Stress is also negative when it serves as as a roadblock to getting tasks accomplished.
What do we need to understand about stress?
We need to understand the source of the stress so that we can address it properly. Additionally, we need to know how to direct our stress so that it can serve us beneficially rather than be a hindrance.
How is strength built?
One of the key elements of building strength is struggle, the force that mandates we develop the ability to overcome.
What are the keys to succeeding through struggle?
While there are many keys to succeeding through struggle, three of the most important are as follows:
- Take one step at a time so that you feel more prepared to conquer your challenges.
- Develop an appreciation for life.
- Live the music within you, and believe in the power it can bring to your life.
Importance of Struggle
When an extended force comes against us, we are presented with a struggle and we have two main choices: we can either let the force crush us or we can stand strong against our opposition. While opposition is often seen as being negative, it is vital to our growth. We need opposition in our lives so we can learn how to overcome. Going through life’s highs and lows is normal. In fact, it is through the trials of life that we develop our true characters, that we discover more about ourselves, that we set our priorities, and that we learn how to persevere. When considering the benefits of struggle, it may help to consider how a trainee at a gym will often engage in resistance activities to build strength and endurance and how the same is true for other situations we are exposed to in our everyday lives. The more we develop, the greater the trials that may come, and the greater the trials that come, the more we may develop. Through our struggle, we can build our personal stories and share them with others to make a difference in their lives.
Benefits of Struggle
Strength – Because it makes you stronger
Trust – Because it helps develop your belief in your ability to overcome
Recognition – Because it teaches you about yourself
Understanding – Because it helps you appreciate the value of work, as well as the blessings that come into your life
Growth – Because it allows you the opportunity to persevere
Grounded foundation – Because it helps you stay humble
Leadership – Because it lays the framework for you to be able to dream
Encouragement – Because it will help you to be empathetic towards others
Don’t be afraid to embrace who you are, to learn from the pain, and to grow through each scar. Find strength in the highs and lows; rejoice in the victories and rise above the blows. At times, you may feel like you’re at the end of your rope, but understand that, through the trials, you learn how to cope. Struggles can help define you, so press forth and stay true.
When your burdens are too big and you feel like you’re sinking into the ground,
Don’t give up; don’t give in; just take a breath and look around.
Know that joy comes in the morning and peace can still be found.
The battles you face are able to make you strong,
To help you sing your inner song,
To guide you as, through your journey, you travel along.