All too often, men are told that they must focus on strength and overcome weakness. We are told to hit the gym, dig deeper, that pain is weakness leaving the body. Programs like P90X and Insanity are thrown around all over the place.
Yet, what does it mean to focus on weakness? From the case above, this would mean physical weakness. But there are so many kinds of weakness, just like there are so many kinds of strength.
To lead a balanced, healthy life, it takes understanding all aspects of our strengths and weaknesses.
So, as men, how do we confront our weakness? The narrator of Insanity tells us to “dig deeper” to find that inner-strength to take another step or do another push-up.
What if to dig deeper meant to find your inner-values and what you truly stand for. What if instead of hitting the gym, you took 15 minutes to reflect on your day and think about the positives and negatives that were involved in it?
How often are men asked to do that? I would guess rarely or never.
So I’m asking you.
Dig deeper into yourself and reflect on why you feel uneasy around images of women being objectified and denigrated.
Dig deeper into yourself and reflect on why you chose the major, the college, or the job that you chose.
Dig deeper to see who you truly are.
Exercise your brain and you may realize where your true strength comes from.