No one likes to go through a struggle. Struggles challenge us. They pull at our inner-most being.
Yet, there’s something special about struggles. They shape us into who we are.
I recently came across this quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger is quoted as saying:
Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
This quote has helped me reevaluate how I look at my struggles. I hope it will help you as well.
Our strengths aren’t developed in our best days. Our strengths are developed through our struggles.
Schwarzenegger developed his muscles by making his muscles struggle. He worked them to the point of exhaustion… And then beyond.
We develop our leadership strengths when we have to go through a challenge. Or we have to push ourselves further than we think we can go.
I discovered this in my race training. I had to go through struggles to become better.
Sometimes the struggle was in moving my body. My legs didn’t want to go faster or further. Sometimes the struggle was mental. There were days I didn’t want to go out for a run.
These struggles helped me realize something: I can do the things I don’t want to do. When I do the things I don’t want to do, I develop new strengths or build upon the strengths I already had.
This is why I now love my struggles.
They’re not something to be looked at in a negative light. Instead, I look at my struggles in a positive light.
Don’t despise your struggles. Learn to embrace them and love your struggles.