Developing Inner Strength-Part 2

For youth today the ability to overcome trials is becoming a more regular occurrence. These trials or challenges can be as simple as not making sports team or the lead role in a play to losing a loved one or finding out that a terminal disease has been discovered in close friend. It can also be having to deal with bullying, either directly or indirectly. Our ability to develop an inner strength that allows us to move forward in a way that shows courage, determination and faith will help make life manageable and ultimately enjoyable. There are many ways for one to develop inner strength; over the next couple of weeks I will share with you the seven that have helped me throughout my life, especially while a youth.

2. Only look back to learn, not to live

The purpose of a rear view mirror is simply to see what is behind us, it won’t ever show you what is ahead of you. You    could not get from point A to point B with the car in Drive using just your rear view mirror.

This is just like those times of trials and challenges in our life, we can’t allow ourselves to only focus on what has happened in the past, we must look to the future in order to be able to move forward. The key about what has happened is to learn those things that can help make you and others stronger.

You will always be an example to someone, especially during tough times. People always area amazed when a person goes through a traumatic experience in their life and they seem to somehow smile and take the good from the situation.

Does it mean that they did not feel pain, loss, frustration, anger, sadness, depression? No, not at all, on the contrary, they may have felt all of these emotions but their inner strength allowed them to focus on those values they hold so dear and find a way to move forward, to learn and to live.

Youth can often have many mixed messages being sent to them from many sources. This confusion often causes poor decisions to be made. As you learn to develop your inner strength by looking to the future with hope, passion, determination and openness, you will know exactly what it means to only look back to learn, not to live.

You Are A Hero!

How can you take this concept of only looking back to learn, not to live?

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I have used this piece in many different presentations. I feel it truly is something that shows just how important each person is. We all have value. Take are read of this and let it sink in.

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Heroes make a difference. What difference are you making?

Who are the Influencers in your life?

Who are the people who have influenced you, do influence and/or you want to influence you? What are the reasons and how are they influencing you?

I often think of these questions because I firmly believe that who we are is shaped in large part by those who influence us. The majority of the time we can pick and choose who influences but there may be other times when we have less control. The key is to identify the reasons someone might influence you.

I can remember the influence as a teen from some of my church leaders. They really reached out to me and other teens to be sure we were okay. They cared about us, they served us, they made sure we had activities to participate in and they loved us. I get chills today thinking of the time and effort they took out of their lives to help me. I was truly touched and influenced by them and their actions.

I learned trust, honor, ethics, dedication, integrity, service, unconditional love, and many other characteristics from these leaders.

I feel fortunate to have had many great influencers in my life both personally and professionally. They have helped to shape who I am today and will be tomorrow. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful to each one of them for their influence in my life.

So today, take some time to think of the influencers in your life. Who are they? Why are they influencers (be specific)? What have you learned from them? There is a natural energy that comes from thinking of those that have an impact on your life.

Heroes Influence but they know who their influencers are.

Seth