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Discovering Inner Strengths

September 12, 2013

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman says,
“We all contain ancient strengths inside of us that we may not know about until we are truly challenged. Why were the adults who faced World War II the ‘greatest generation’? Not because they were made of different stuff than we are, but because they faced a time of trouble that evoked the ancient strengths within them” (pp. 12-13).

In other words…

We hear stories of people who, when faced with a task or challenge, “rise to the occasion.” They discovered previously unknown strengths to deal with the challenging situation. We may think that we could never do what those people have done. However, when we are faced with our own struggles we find that we have a well of inner strength that we never knew existed.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life….

When faced with a daunting task or challenge, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Think about what you can do and move forward with your ideas.  More strength will come as you start to work.  Be cautious about comparing yourself with others whom you might see as more able. Remind yourself that new challenges may help you discover new strengths.

To Find Out More…

about personal well-being, check out Getting Our Hearts Right or The Personal Journey programs at arfamilies.org, like us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Authentic Happiness.

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