How To Keep Your Fighting Spirit Alive!
Nothing in this world is as wonderful and moving as seeing someone win who wasn’t supposed to.
Take the movie “Cinderella Man”
A movie about James J. Braddock.
He was the 1935 Heavyweight fighter of the world. Beating Max Bear that year in a heavyweight fight…..
that he was not supposed to win.
For that fight, he was a 10 to 1 underdog at the time fighting possibly the hardest hitter.. of all time.
Been there, felt that
“Not supposed to win” Boy how many times have you felt like that ?
I have……….It stinks!.
You feel like you’re doing everything right. Fighting hard, and sometimes even harder than the other guy…. and you’re still not gaining ground ….but they are.
What is that about ?! If I do it all right, fight hard, I should win right?, reach my goal.. Sure as heck do better than the next guy….
I have heard this statement a million times in my life.
“For whatever reason sometimes doing everything right doesn’t ensure we will win”.
See, I have a HUGE problem with that .
I don’t except it……… and I DON’T believe it.
Neither should YOU !! …. Why?
I happen to think IF….. we fail …….It’s most likely because it wasn’t our time…..
But you have to keep that fighting spirit alive and well while you’re waiting and working towards your goal and dream.
How can we do that
1. Keeping your Perspective.-
You have to have… perspective–
When your situation gets rough you need to be able to stand back and look at it rationally and calmly, yea, I know, not always easy.
But perspective is key in staying in the game.
Know that whatever is going on at the moment is subject to change and that change is constant, helps when things really feel impossible . But I know having the ability to see things that way, rationally and calmly, especially in a moment of fear, high stress or frustration…. is not easy. In those moments…. the next idea.. helps me a lot.
2. Have an outlet, a way to blow off steam when needed–
I think this is so important. We all need a place to go to let it all out once in a while. I personally don’t believe in holding it all in. I think it’s much healthier to
let it out.
For me it’s exercise. I go to the gym and blow off steam, frustration, worry, fear or anger. Heck, sometimes…maybe all of them !
Putting all that emotion into a positive outlet is the best way to do it. But I firmly believe in letting it out. I’m all for keeping your cool .
But sometimes we need to let it out…. but like I said, in a healthy way.
Getting in touch with a friend, talking, is another good way to get it off your chest, or let it all out.. To get another’s perspective can be so helpful and enlightening!.A lot of the time a friend can SEE what you can’t because they are not in the heat of it and can see it clearer..
But and this is so important. Talk to someone who is a positive influence! Worse comes to worse….scream into a pillow… (yes really)
but …let… it …out!
3. Know you’re not alone in your fight–
Now, your fight might be different from my fight but one thing we ALL have in common is….The fight.
Like James Braddock.
His story actually made me feel better , less alone and gave me a boost …. a shot in the arm. His story is full of Hope. It has a wonderful message.
And best of all it’s a true story.
Watching a movie, reading a book , heck go on Google and google ” inspiring stories.” You can get such a good, positive feeling about your own struggle when you realize others have struggled as well….and made it through.
We are all fighters. You may not think you are…. but you are. Everyday we fight for something. Sometimes just a better life for you and those you love. Which to me is one of the hardest struggles…
In the movie “Cinderella Man” James Braddock had fought for years. He had been a fighter who was slightly older, and somewhat beaten up from years of fighting.
He was down and out. But it was the time of the depression, 19// and everyone was struggling.
James Braddock …was no different.
He had a chance to change his life, his and the lives of his family. He also had a chance to reach a goal the world thought had passed him by.
Everyone told him he couldn’t. he shouldn’t try. It would be too hard and take too much time, effort and sweat to even attempt…. to get to the position …of even
getting a chance.
But for himself…. and his family…. he had to try.
Like James Braddock we sometimes are faced with a situation or goal that seems impossible and too much to even attempt to fix or reach it. But giving into the difficulty of something and accepting the world’s view of what you can do and accomplish in your life and just walk away, because , well, it’s too hard, it’s too much work, its way too much of a dream……is wrong, and being a defeatist.
Being a defeatist, will change nothing.
No, it won’ t always be EASY. But I know one thing. Giving up will get you no where but…. defeated.
Get angry ! Get determined, get serious. This is not a test guys…….. it’s your life. I say this all the time but I don’t think we always see it or feel it until it’s in our face. So this is me…
in YOUR face.
Whatever you are dreaming of, working for, working towards, you have to be driven, and relentless about it. Life can get you up against the ropes from time to time…. Life can and will do that. So, you must have an answer for life when it does.
—For that fight, he was a 10 to 1 underdog at the time fighting possibly the hardest hitter.. of all time.—
But he won.
So, be that “fighter” that you are.
Boxing stance……Fists up…….Wink at your opponent. That’s right.
Wink at him.
Afterall, you know something he doesn’t…
You know ..YOU, have already won.
Then swing…. and don’t stop until he’s down on the mat and for the count.
No matter what it is. You are stronger, faster and smarter.
and live it.
It’s only when you stop fighting that it’s over.
“Never stop, never stop fighting until the fight is done.
Here…… endeth the lesson”. —
Read the true life story of a true fighter… James Braddock’s story
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