What is important enough in your life to fight for?
Some things in life are worth standing your ground over. In fact, I’d say the stuff that matters the most you usually have to fight for at one point or another.
What means enough to you that you would fight for it? I mean the kind of fight where you put your whole self into it with no surrender. You hold nothing back. You would scratch and claw and battle with everything you are in order to get it, keep it and protect it.
Do you have anything you are this passionate about in your life? Everything has a cost. What do you want badly enough that you’d put everything on the line for? Knowing this will clarify and reinforce your purpose. It will give your life clear direction.
Knowing a Fight When You See One
“There would be no passion in this world if we never had to fight for what we love.”
~ Susie Switzer
The word fight has been watered down to the point that it barely means anything anymore. I read one definition that says, to fight is to “put forth determined effort”. Really?!? If you’ve ever been in any kind of a fight for something that really matters to you, then you know it is about a lot more than just putting forth some determined effort.
Real fighting is combat. It isn’t always physical, but it is intense. It is fully committing yourself with every ounce of your heart, mind and strength to win. You fight with this level of intensity when you know there is no opportunity to turn back or give up because what you are fighting for is so precious to you that you simply cannot lose it.
You will never win if you half-heartedly go after what you want with puny determined effort. Why? Because you’ll wither and quit when you encounter the inevitable resistance that will come. It takes a lot of might to create change. People get their minds set about the way things are going to be or the way things are and your job is to convince them your plan is better. That’s a tough job.
You have to fight for it. I encourage you to fight fairly, but to recognize it is a fight. You are going to get banged up a bit. You are going to make a mistake or two and pay the price for it. However, if you keep pressing forward, you will succeed. You just have to outlast the other guy or gal. Knowing a fight when you see it will give you the upper hand.
Name the Things You Will Fight For
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
~ Frederick Douglass
What is it that you want? What in your life is non-negotiable? What price are you willing to pay? Will you fight for it? Are you ready to fully commit yourself? I challenge you with these questions today. Think about it, I mean really think. Get square in your mind about what it is that you’ll fight for. There will be no progress in your life until you decide and name the things you will fight for.
Here are ten things to consider fighting for just to give you some food for thought:
1. Your Principles
What do you value as the indisputable measure of truth? There is right and wrong in the world. I think we all know this deep inside. Fighting for your beliefs and for justice is certainly a worthwhile pursuit, but it isn’t easy or painless. At some point in your life, you will likely be confronted with a challenge to one or more of your principles. Decide now which ones you value enough to fight for.
2. Your Freedom
Freedom has never come cheap. Many have paid the ultimate price so that you and I can enjoy the freedom we have now. This freedom is often taken for granted. However, if you look at the world, you will see that freedom is being challenged everywhere. What price would you pay for your personal freedom? Would you fight for it?
3. Your Marriage
Marriages fail every day and divorce takes a big toll on us financially, emotionally and spiritually. It is easy to become lazy and complacent in our relationship. Do you have what it takes to fight the good fight for your marriage? Will you stand up for your spouse and be the partner they need? You must fight if you truly want it to last until death do you part.
4. Your Children
If you haven’t noticed, our children are under attack. I don’t mean to be melodramatic here, but it is just the plain, honest truth. Their future is being compromised by weak-willed people that continually push off the current problems and lack of moral character onto the next generation. Are you willing to fight for your kids? If so, then stand up now and be willing to make sacrifices so they won’t have to!
5. Your Business
Business is not easy. I was self-employed for almost eight years so, I know how much you have to fight to create and maintain a company. It is not an easy path to follow, but there are many rewards. If you are in business for yourself or you want to be, then you better quickly decide just how strongly you are willing to fight for it. Trust me, your business won’t last unless you do.
6. Your Promotion
Are you ready to move up in the world? If so, then you better start fighting for it. As I said before, I believe firmly in fighting fairly and cleanly. If you want that promotion, then fight by putting forth your very best effort. Be willing to take on the big project. Persevere through the trials so you can come out the other side shining. Be a rainmaker and a linchpin for your employer and they will notice. Fight to make it to the next level. You’ll be happy you did.
7. Your Prosperity
This is one area where we have grown fat, dumb and lazy. Instead of fighting to build true wealth, many of us have resorted to living a pretend life that is completely propped up on credit cards and other consumer debt. If you want true prosperity, then you better enter the struggle in a real way to get it. Need some direction on this? Then click here for a battle plan.
8. Your Country
There are people all over the world right now fighting for their country. They are taking their nations back from tyrants and dictators that have oppressed them for years. Your country may not be locked in an actual war, but it still needs people, like you, citizens that are willing to stand up and fight for its future. Will you be someone that will make a difference? I sure hope so.
9. Your Reputation
Reputation is everything. It definitely proceeds you, good or bad. Therefore, you’ve got to be willing to defend your reputation at every turn. Once people sour on you and start thinking negatively of you, then it is extremely hard to change their minds. Therefore, you better be fighting to maintain your good reputation every single day.
10. Your Sanity
Finally, what is any of this worth if you go completely insane along the way? You’ve got to fight to maintain some balance and perspective as you approach each of these struggles. Of course, the clarity you will get from deciding what’s worth fighting for will help in this. Keep your wits about you and your head up. You are a warrior. Pick your battles carefully and you’ll come out a winner.
What have you decided to fight for? Please share your thoughts about this in the comments so others can learn from your perspective.
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