Inner strengths are those mental and emotional qualities we can foster within ourselves to help us perform efficiently under pressure and physical stress. “Inner strength” is often used to describe qualities of resilience, grit, and integrity, but it can also be used to describe emotional talents that we are naturally attuned to, such as a person who is exceptionally patient, compassionate, or easygoing. Like all forms of strength, inner strengths can be practiced and built up through dedicated practice.
Self-confidence is one of those things the we recognize when we see it. But we don’t usually know how to build it. The reason is because we often misattribute self-confidence. We feel good when people give us compliments and assume that’s where self-confidence must come from.
One of the biggest myths in our society is that you can simply choose to be happy whenever you want, even in spite of challenging circumstances. Or, that happiness is a byproduct of making more money, falling in love, or being successful. But modern research says this is an illusion.
How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you’re like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger,...