Fight the Good Fight!
March 24, 2009 Leave a comment
I’m sure all of us have those days where we wonder out loud “what in the world is happening?!?!…” Trust me, it happens to the best of us. I’m here to encourage you to fight the “good fight.”
What do you think qualifies as a “good fight”? If I were in one, the only kind of fight that I would deem to be good would be the one that I win.
Well, all of us are in a battle everyday, but we often consider other people or the situations around us to be our enemies. However, our biggest enemy is often that person inside of us who doesn’t always go along with our intentions or expectations. We are sometimes the biggest roadblock to our own success. How does this play out?
Many people are hoping that difficult economic conditions or life situations will simply change or go away, and they can sit back and wait for that to happen. The reality is that most things in life are not going to change dramatically by themselves. We need to settle this in our hearts and minds, and realize that we are going to have to rise above our difficulties and challenges to achieve our goals and dreams. Nobody else can do that for you. This is your battle to win.
One of the keys to continually rising above your situations is spending more time focusing on solutions rather than problems. It’s easy for people to identify problems, although most don’t even do that very well, because all they see are symptoms and not the root cause. What seems to be in short supply in our society are people who have developed well thought through solutions for the problems they see. If you can do this effectively, you will be viewed as an asset, not an irritant.
Another important key is planning and preparation. You can be sure that as long as you live this life you will have problems. Although, you may not be able to control all the problems that come to you, you don’t have to be controlled by them either. Take what you have learned from your past wins and mistakes, as well as what you hopefully have learned from other people, and develop contingency plans for different aspects of your life. That way, when challenges arise, you might already have a potential solution just waiting to be implemented. You can avoid the panic attacks and knee-jerk reactions that ruin many lives.
In spite of the turmoil around you, you can live a fulfilling, successful life. Keep fighting the “good fight,” and from now on fight to win (1 Timothy 6:12)!
Paul Wilson, Jr.
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Note: This post was originally titled “Rise Above It” and published on my Biznovations.net blog on 3/25/07. Here’s the link: http://biznovations.blogspot.com/2007/03/rise-above.html