One of the greatest life skills we can help our children to develop is mental strength. We want to help them gain mental skills and attributes like gratitude, grit, hope, peace, forgiveness, confidence, resilience, courage, flexibility, and focus.
In 2014, Christian Moore wrote The Resilience Breakthrough, about his own journey to develop mental strength. Though Christian was labeled ADHD, had severe learning disabilities and spent most of his childhood living on the streets, he eventually forged a pathway to earn a Master’s Degree. His personal conviction is that each of us has a power hidden within, something that can get us through any kind of adversity. He compared this ability to the simple act of flipping a light-switch off, and then on. In the action of flipping the switch lies our mental power to choose, strengthen, overcome, and build our lives.
When it comes to mental strength, I like the imagery of a children’s toy…an inflated clown punching bag. It tilts further toward the ground the harder it’s hit, but comes back to an upright position. We have the capacity to do that. Our children do too.
Click on the link below and watch this inspiring video of tremendous will and mental strength: