Strength is a State of Mind

Strength is a State of Mind

Week 3: BODY // Strength

By Founder, The Greatness Foundation, Mike Sherbakov

“All done” said the tattoo artist proudly. I looked at my wrist and there it was, a reminder for the rest of my life.

Rewind back a few years.

“Dig deep! You feel like quitting?! Good, that’s just the start!” yelled my drill instructor at Marine Corps bootcamp.

As much as I didn’t want to admit it.. with my face in the sand, covered in dirt and sweat, breathing so hard I felt like my heart was going to explode… he was right.

Fast forward.

“23 units in one semester?! I mean, it’s not recommended but I certainly can’t stop you” said my guidance counselor as I explained my plan to earn two bachelors degrees in 3 years.

As much as she didn’t want to admit it.. I possessed a quality, a certain characteristic that would guarantee success in whatever I decided to take on… and she was right.

Whether physical or mental, we’ve created limits for ourselves. We’ve taken our past experiences and decided, at some point, that we were only capable of so much. The problem? Well more often than not, the limits we’ve set are actually just a fraction of our true potential.

What if you were capable of more? What if you pushed beyond your self-imposed limits and realized that you were capable of greatness?

From one extra repetition exercising at the gym when you feel like quitting to one extra minute finding stillness in your morning meditation when your mind won’t slow down, this particular quality may just be the single biggest predictor of future success.

Strength. A commitment to pushing beyond our “limits” and doing our best in every moment.

Strength comes in many forms. Sometimes, we cultivate external strength by embodying full-body wellness, a combination of proper nutrition and effective training. We provide ourselves with the right foods and place enough external resistance on the body so it grows stronger. Other times, we cultivate internal strength by navigating a challenging situation in life with grace and ease. We embrace challenges and change our perspective to see them as opportunities in order to grow. 

In both examples, we’re pushing beyond comfort zones and that, interestingly enough, is where the magic happens.

Strength to me is a state of mind. It’s about getting comfortable being uncomfortable, knowing it’s not always easy but certainly always worth it. 

This perspective suddenly turns life into an adventure! No need for perfection, no need for judgment or comparison. We begin to explore personal edges in every area of our lives. We push past physical boundaries in the gym or the yoga studio. We push past mental boundaries, intuitively listening to and bringing awareness to self-limiting beliefs we’ve created and slowly break them down.

Just as a tiny seed planted in the ground has the potential to become a massive oak tree, so we have the potential to become the greatest version of ourselves, if only coupled with the strength to actualize this potential.

“Strength” is tattooed on my wrist as a reminder and commitment. I hope the words above act as a reminder for you to live with strength, inside and out.


Mike Sherbakov is the founder of The Greatness Foundation, on a mission to positively impact one billion lives. Learning the importance of integrity, honor, and hard work during his time on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, Mike is fascinated with exploring human potential. He inspires others to choose greatness as a leader in the community and passionately pursues humanitarian efforts around the globe.

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