Stand Tall With a Strong Core

(About a four-minute read)”Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.”~ Mahatma Ghandi

If you’ve been reading my posts, even just a few, you’re beginning to know how much I love words. Did I become such an avid reader because I love words or do I love words because of all my reading? I can’t say for sure.

Words have incredible power to stir emotion, inspire and encourage and as Ghandi so wisely said, our words become our actions!  When someone says, “put your money where your mouth is”, it’s a challenge to take action to support what you’re saying. Another way of saying it is to “walk the talk.” A word to the wise; if you really want to know someone, watch what they do much more closely than you listen to what they say!

I believe you’re someone who is earnestly looking for ways that you can be more authentic and begin living your life in a way that is much more intentional than the rest of the herd. I think you are someone that really wants to walk your talk. So let’s talk about your core, that part of you that is at the heart of who you are meant to become.

There’s a lot of emphasis on core strengthening on a physical level and rightfully so. Core strength is the ultimate kind of fitness for many reasons. I’ll list just five here because we’re going to take a look at how our physical core strengths are strikingly similar to our core character strengths. Stay with me!

  • Ordinary tasks of daily life. Picking up your child, tying your shoes, getting in and out of your car all require the use of your core and when it isn’t as strong as it should be, routine activities like this can be painful or difficult. Simple, right? You need a strong core for the everyday stuff.
  • At work. It doesn’t matter if you sit at a desk or stand at a cash register all day, a strong core helps you get through your working hours in greater comfort and with less fatigue.
  • Leisure activities. Whether you like to bike or bowl, golf or garden, play ball or ballroom dance, all are easier and much more enjoyable when you have a strong core and good flexibility.
  • Balance and stability. A strong core provides better balance and stability allowing you to move smoothly, gracefully and with power and stamina. This is especially critical as we get older because good balance also greatly reduces the risk of falling which can cause devastating injuries.
  • Good posture. Weak core muscles make you more apt to slump your shoulders and slouch. Core strength creates good posture which makes you look taller and trimmer and gives you a look of poise and confidence! It allows you to take good deep breaths and protects your spine!

So how can we relate all this to what strong core values will do for you? The two are remarkably alike!

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. ~Max Lerner

  • Ordinary tasks of daily life. Every day we have to make dozens of “micro-choices” or what we call “questions for every moment.” When our core values are firmly established in us, every small decision, whether it’s about our family or other personal situations, the choices become much easier.
  • At work. The office or workplace can sometimes challenge our honesty and integrity. The way we handle a situation must often be handled “on the fly” with little time to think or confer about an issue. When we have no doubt about the difference between right and wrong, taking the correct course of action becomes obvious.
  • Leisure activities. Having a strong sense of self; knowing who we are and what recharges our batteries means we know that from time to time we need to do something that feeds our soul and makes us feel alive. A certain amount of “down time” is essential to well-being and can make us more effective and creative.
  • Balance and stability. When our core values become central to the things we think, say and do, we are far less apt to be distracted and it becomes much easier to maintain our focus on becoming our best. Quite simply, when our worthy values are well established, it’s harder to get knocked off balance when difficulties strike.
  • Good Posture. There’s a reason for the expression “an upright citizen.” When we are in alignment with our best core values, we can stand tall and proud, knowing we are living a life of honor.

Interesting, isn’t it? Just as our body needs a strong core to function at its highest level, our life is lived on a higher level when our core values are worthy and strongly ingrained in us.  Want to know more? When you subscribe to our website, you’ll receive a summary of our system Worthy Values First and twice a week you’ll get a new post with more encouragement and inspiration to help you become the best possible version of yourself and create your very own “Legacy of Greatness!” I sure hope you’ll join us!

 

 

3Comments

  • Grant Newbold

    Dear Blog Subscriber. This blog topic of the comparison of the physical core and the values core makes an important point. On a personal note I have a friend who’s autistic son is terminally ill and on a short amount of time to live. He has a rare cancer that is not curable and is advanced. I’m thinking of this today because my friend and his wife demonstrated their strong values core when they chose to keep their boy home with them rather than place him in a group home. I also know that the “ordinary tasks of daily life” required a lot of core strength and that their life was not “ordinary” like mine has been. They had to make choices each day that supported their worthy value of parenting their disabled son. I’m humbled by their dedication and the strong core of their parenting values that kept them strong for a long and difficult path. Their son was lucky to have had them for parents. Thanks for this blog Betty. Thanks Blog Subscriber for visiting out website and reading this blog. Talk to you again soon. Grant “Doc” Newbold.

    • Grant Newbold

      Dear Blog Subscriber. I’m making a second comment because my friend’s son passed away this morning. What I didn’t mention in the previous comment is that their son is in his late 20’s. So my friend and his wife have been serving their worthy values of parenting a disabled child for almost three decades. I’m sure his passing will leave a big vacancy in their lives. I’m also sure that they will look back with 20/20 hindsight and see things that they would have done differently. However, I’m also convinced that they can live the rest of their lives with very few regrets and that is an important gift that living worthy values gives. When we live our lives serving our worthy values we can come to the end of our time with few regrets and that can make for great peace-of-mind and psychological and spiritual peace. Thanks for listening again. Doc Newbold.

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