“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
~Mohandas K. Gandhi

I hope it doesn’t sound like bragging, but I’m pretty strong. I’ve been (luckily) working out for longer than perhaps some of my colleagues have been alive, and (here’s the bragging part) I recently bench-pressed my weight. Perhaps it’s easier when you’re under five foot and your weight is at least somewhat proportional to your height, but still I’m stoked and proud.

That all being said, I love what Mohandas Gandhi has to say, because sometimes we need strength and we don’t have physical capacity. Sometimes we need something else to carry us forward.

Indomitable will. Invincible. Unconquerable. Unshakable. Unsinkable. Unyielding. These are all synonyms for indomitable, and they all inspire me. And make me think of many of my clients, whom I have witnessed win out against all odds.

I’ve witnessed strength of indomitable will. I’ve watched my clients not give up, even when much of their team, or organization, thinks they’re crazy. I’ve observed my clients push through personal crises and business challenges, all at the same time. They’ve withstood tough colleagues, exacting bosses, overwhelming schedules, demanding direct reports, interpersonal conflict, and internal doubt, and through their determination and “stick-to-it-ness” – their indomitable will – their strength has sustained them, and they have prevailed.

So, in truth, I am and will probably always be proud of my physical strength – at least as long as I have it! But there is so much more to true strength. So much more that we can draw upon for our personal, professional, and leadership effectiveness and success.

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