I realized this morning after leaving my mother in the hospital last night that we all must fight in some way or another. She will have to undergo therapy to recover from a slight stroke. She knows what she must do but not all of us know we are in a fight too. I for one am fighting change.
The Greatest Challenge
The greatest challenge of a martial artist is not the opponent across from them. It is bigger than him. It is life. It is fighting poor decisions, and poor choices. It is fighting depression and frustration. It is fighting your self when there is no stimuli. It is fighting the culture of mediocrity. It is fighting negativity. It is fighting the wasting of time. It is fighting apathy. It is fighting insecurity. We are fighting addictions. Some of us are fighting change. We are all fighting something.
Kicks can be blocked. Punches can be parried. You can learn to escape traps and set ups for a ground game but we fail to realize that everything that happens today has happened before to someone else. We look at the world as if we were the first ones born. We act like our problem is unique and there is no solution. We take the hit and often don’t have to. We fail to listen. We fail to act. We fail to get off the “x” and take the beating. Everything is about choices. Your unwillingness to move is a choice.
No one can make you feel inferior without your permission. – Eleanor Roosevelt
So you fight in the gym, on the mat, or in the ring, and love the exchange but rarely do we look around and see that everybody is fighting, all the time. We are all fighting. Not all of us are winning.
Open your eyes. Your fight is daily. Your fight is for your life. You are either heading for it, in the fight, or coming out of one. No one is exempt. You have to know you are in the fight from the cradle to the grave.
How’s your footwork?
Where’s your chin?
Is you guard up?
From the movie, Rocky Balboa
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!
Authors note: I decided to conclude the WarriorCast podcast but include the subject matter into the Kenn Blanchard Show podcast. Stuff like this.Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the force behind BlackManWithAGun.com, founder of Blanchard.Media and the SpeaklifeChurch.net