When something hard knocks you down, just keep on swimming. If you keep your momentum going you won't even have time to notice how strong you've gotten.
Visualize what it is you want. What is your dream? The craziest, most outlandish, impossible dream you could ever dream. Now triple it. Now go for it, full speed ahead.
Don't follow your dreams. Chase them. Hunt them down, wrestle them into your grasp and never let them go. It may seem hard, and at times impossible, but most people don't get to see their deepest dreams realized because they are too scared to try. Just do it and never look back.