The Fight of Our Life
What Are You Fighting For?
There are things in life worth fighting for and other battles we just need to let go. We can’t carry everything on our shoulders. Some of the battles are just in our mind (our imagination) that we have conjured up and are not really worth fighting about. Figure out what the right fight is.
You’re imperfect and you’re woired for struggle, but you’re worthy of love and belonging – Brene Brown
Fight for What You Can Change and Leave the Rest
There are things in life that we simply cannot do anything about. We cannot change the family we grew up in, we cannot change how people have treated us in the past and we cannot change other people. The past is the past and people are responsible for themselves. We cannot change yesterday so why try? We can’t fix it; it is what it is. Carry on.
There are some things we can change, though. – we can change the way we look, we can change how we feel, how we carry ourselves, and how we related to others. We can certainly change how we think and we can change how our future will go. What we can change and do something about is definitely worth fighting for and here is where the battle begins.
The battle of life, in most cases, is fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties, there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved. – Samuel Smiles
The Battle Is Real
There is always a battle going on and often we are not aware of the battles people are fighting at any given time. Some are fighting against an addiction, some are fighting for their marriage, some are fighting for their children and some are literally fighting for their lives. Many people are living lives of intense conflict inside their head, struggling to get up each day. We may never know what kind of struggle the people we meet are going through.
What are you fighting for? Are you fighting for a dream or are you fighting to survive? Are you fighting for freedom? Are you fighting for dignity? Are you fighting for your family? Are you fighting for the future? We all have something worth fighting for. We all want to live another day, so each day should be worth the fight. What is it that fires you up? What would you give all of your energy to change?
Are You Prepared to Fight?
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. – Abraham Lincoln
All battles require preparation. The military, the police, and firefighters are prepared long before the conflict arises. They have trained for all kinds of situations, so when they go into conflict, they are ready. And for them. the battles are every day – this very day their life may be on the line; they never know what is coming around the corner, nor if it will be their last day on earth. They have trained their mind, their body and their spirit (emotions) for whatever they have to face.
Have a Strategy
Life was never promised to be easy; there will be gut shots. We need to be ready and not let our guard down. We need to prepare our mind, our body and our emotions for the gut shots of life. All three must be engaged. We cannot slack off in one area and believe we are prepared. We need to be growing and strengthening always. If we stop, we go backward – we lose ground. Life is a fight and it is awesome, but awesome comes with a price.
Make that Dash Count
There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em. ~ Kevin Welch
We are living in the dash between our date of birth and the day of our death. Let’s make that dash count. Let’s be willing to pay the price so that that dash was not for nothing. Don’t waste the Dash! That dash is why we fight; it is who we are every day and the impact we have in the world. That dash will be filled with gut shots, but we don’t have to take them lying down. When it comes down to inscribing the date after the dash, what will you have done? What will you have stood up for and what will you have fought for?
The Victory Is Yours
In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest – WilliamMcKinley
We will have victories. Battles will be won, but be prepared! When the victory comes, another battle is on the way and we will have to fight just as hard. We will need to put on the armor again and fight. Don’t give up ever, ever! So many do; they throw in the towel. They are battle weary. Their faces show the scars of defeat and their bodies are exhausted. They have quit on themselves and life. Go for the victory in all that you do!
You may be in the middle of a marriage break up, you may be confronted with a terminal illness, or your son or daughter may be heavily involved in drugs. Don’t give up ever! Fight until your last breath. If you give up, you lose big time.
Are You Ready? Go!
Are you ready to tear it up? Do you know the stakes? Do you check the scoreboard? What are you willing to give to win the battles of life? Are you ready to look your best, have your attitudes in check, your emotions mastered, your body trained and your thinking in top shape?
How Do We Prepare for the Gut Shots?
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. – William Rudolph
Train the Mind
Modern day warriors strengthen their mind – they read consistently, every day. They study and educate themselves. The very best way to train your mind is to read quality, truthful and educational books. There really is no excuse for not reading – we can all learn this skill.
Train the Body
We can be in the best shape possible. We may want to be in shape, but first, we have to be ready and willing. What does it mean to be ready? When nothing is an obstacle, when there are no excuses, we are ready.
It is also about what we eat. We are what we eat so choose wisely Preparing for battle means strengthening the body physically and giving it the right nutrition.
It is about how we carry ourselves too. Stand tall and stand proud. Have a presence when you walk into a room.
Train the Emotions
We can get emotionally charged and fired up. We flip on the anger switch when someone attacks us. Our emotions trick us into saying or doing what we don’t want to do or say. So, get the emotions in check.
So how do we train emotions? First, we all know what they are and what they make us do. Change your emotional responses. We can either change how we react or buy our own excuses. The fact is, no one else is going to buy our excuses. They are not going to tolerate our lack of control, so why should we?
Decide ahead of time how you will respond to situations and attacks. Prepare the mind so that you don’t become a victim of your emotions.
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