"Though she be but little, she is fierce!"~ from William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Resiliency Rule #186:
Never, ever, under any circumstances will you allow someone to make you feel less than the incredible, strong, capable, and remarkable person you are. One of the best ways to silence negativity is to ignore it and focus your energy on what will make life richer and your heart fuller.
No person or circumstance can break you down unless you allow it. If you fall, or feel as though you are in a deep, dark pit, believe you have the power within to stand up and the strength to pull yourself out. You are a force to be reckoned with!
It’s what’s inside that makes you who you are, regardless of what others perceive you to be or what society “tells” you to be. The pressure to be someone else is out there. It’s real. Believe me, I know. When you think about your harshest critic, do you often find it being yourself? …
Stop. There is nothing that reflection can do to harm you unless you give it permission.
When Shakespeare writes about being “small,” I don’t see it as necessarily small in size. In my opinion, he could have been referring to the influence or power women had when good ol’ William was writing his plays, which wasn’t much. But, he also knew that no matter what society dictated, ferocity comes from within. That’s why the other characters in the play were basically saying she wasn’t someone to mess with!
In the play, the “fierce” character had a specific goal; and the others knew that once she made up her mind to do something, there was no stopping her…
How amazing would it feel to have that kind of inner strength?
Well, guess what? You have that strength!
Today, make the decision to look yourself in the mirror and say “You are fierce. You are strong. Nothing can stand on your way.” That moment of decision is when your destiny is shaped. You get to decide how you want to live your life. Every single day, you get to decide, no matter the circumstances.
I’ve been in that dark hole, where standing up feels like climbing Mount Everest. But, I also got to decide each day whether or not I would stay in that place. I’ll be honest, on some days, I did stay there. But, resiliency means growing stronger, and slowly but surely, there were more days that I stood up than stayed down. Now, nothing can keep me down.
What often got me up and out? Exercise. Seriously, it did. Fitness made me resilient; and it can do the same for you!