When you google search “how to become a strong person” you get around 151,000,000 results, it is all there; techniques ranging from finding your source of motivation to positive thinking and working on self-pity to reaching a balance between emotions and logic, every step is well explained and analyzed.
Day in day out, in my field of work, I meet strong self made individuals; managers, executives and CEOs who have managed to built, over the years, a good reputation, an outstanding resume and, some even, huge industries and multinational companies.
The common denominator between all these individuals who have managed to become strong without googling it is; perseverance. They never stop for nothing, ever so dedicated and fierce, somehow they managed to become their own coach and cheerleader.
Two years ago, I have set a health and fitness goal for myself and have motivated myself enough to become a regular at a gym nearby my office, I was so dedicated and motivated that each time I walked in, I walked out injured! I decided to hire a personal trainer thinking I was doing things wrongly and after my first session, the trainer looked at me and said: “Now, you have to rest, take time to recover before we can continue”. Huh!…recovery? What does that mean?! I thought it was all about perseverance and giving it your best shot. The word “recovery” was new to me, the idea of resting was downright traumatizing!
“Physiologic improvement of your body can only occur during the rest period.”
According to Amine Dib, fitness expert and personal trainer “During recovery period, the cardiovascular system and the muscular system build to greater levels to compensate for the stress that you have applied during exercise. It is resting that makes you stronger, because it is resting that allows the muscles you have broken down during daily training to heal and get stronger.”
I forced myself to rest and when I came back, I came back stronger than before.
Neuroscientists through the concept of neuroplasticity have proven the brain to be a muscle and not an organ, meaning that it is not set in its way of being and is always susceptible to improvement, each experience and/or repeated action can influence and/or shape the neurological and spatial constitution of our brain.
Strong people persevere, they know how to motivate themselves, they are constantly on the move and the idea of slowing down scares them. By disregarding proper recovery time, aren’t we plateauing in strength?
If the brain is a muscle, to become mentally and psychologically stronger, shouldn’t we be resting as well. Instead of constantly challenging ourselves and rising up to challenges all around us maybe to become stronger, we should follow the same “recovery” system and simply take a break!