Have you ever thought about whether you have a strong inner foundation that helps to guide your life choices? When I say foundation, I mean the inner structure that helps you live your life with less stress and overwhelm.
Having a strong inner foundation is an important part of intentional living because it helps you make decisions that shape your future for the better. If your foundation isn’t solid, you might feel like life is constantly knocking you down just when things seem to be getting back on track.
Even if you already have a sturdy inner foundation, that doesn’t mean it can’t sway from side to side sometimes. Our strength is constantly tested by the pressures of the world, and it can take a lot of effort to stay upright.
With a strong inner foundation, you‘ll be better able to hand the winds of change. You can grow more when you’re in a secure space and rooted in what you need and want. In this post, I’m exploring the idea of creating an inner foundation so you can stay grounded and reduce the stress of daily life.
There’s a lot of pressure in our daily lives (put on us by others and ourselves), which means we need a sense of structure to help us stay strong. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and unable to make any real changes in your life, it may be that you need to work on building your inner foundation.
Your foundation is whatever you need it to be. Imagine your foundation at the very core of your being. Your foundation keeps you grounded and plants you where you are as you make tiny steps to nourish yourself and prioritize your own needs.
Without a solid foundation to build your life upon, it’s easy to bend and break under pressure. Sometimes it’s necessary to bend a little, but you don’t want to break.
Think of your inner foundation in terms of what supports you and gives you strength. You can build your inner foundation upon your:
- Mindset: the quality of your thoughts
- Values: what’s important to you
- Habits: daily routines that keep you grounded
- Strengths: the things you’re naturally good at
- Relationships: people who make you feel secure and supported
If you’re constantly trying to make changes in your life but nothing seems to stick, consider first whether you have the foundation necessary to support you.
“Building your foundation isn’t a one-time event. Habits will slip and you will need to rebuild them periodically. Your goals may change, forcing you to change your foundation to suit them. But if you’ve spent the time investing in a foundation initially, these changes are maintenance, not a complete reconstruction.”– Scott H. Young
Building a solid foundation in life
Here are some things to think about when it comes to your own foundation in life:
- What thoughts do you need to believe about yourself to feel supported?
- How can you be more mindful of your own feelings and behaviors?
- How can you focus on the current moment more than the past/future?
- What do you value in friendships and relationships? (e.g. a sense of humor, empathy, willingness to challenge you when necessary)
- What do you value in your work? (e.g. flexibility, reliable co-workers, independence)
- What are the top 3 values you want to uphold in your own life? (think about how you want others to describe you)
- What are your current daily habits?
- Are your habits self-supporting or self-defeating?
- What habits would help make your life feel more balanced? (here are some examples)
- What are your biggest strengths?
- How do these strengths help support you in life?
- How can you make better use of your strengths in your daily life?
- What makes you feel most supported in a relationship/friendship?
- Who are the people in your life who make you feel grounded?
- Are there any relationships you need to let go of to feel more stable?
Ultimately, a strong inner foundation is what keeps you balanced, stable, and secure. Come back to this concept whenever you notice yourself feeling unsteady.
What could you achieve if you prioritized inner stability and security?
I hope this post has encouraged you to become mindful of your own foundation. Think of how you can use your thoughts, values, habits, strengths, and relationships to keep you grounded and reduce the pressure of daily life.