Life is wonderful. It is a beautiful journey full of love and happiness.
But, that doesn’t mean you won’t get punched in the mouth from time to time.
There are times where nothing will go right for you. Every single thing that could go wrong, will. You will feel as though nothing can save you from defeat.
These are the moments where life has you up Against the Ropes.
You are trapped and forced to endure a relentless and seemingly endless attack. Your opponent is landing blow after blow. Your body is throbbing with uncontrollable pain. Nothing can slow down the penetrating assault.
Your only objective when you are up Against the Ropes is to survive. You have to live to fight another round. You have to stay on your feet and avoid going down for the count.
You have to fight harder than you have ever fought before.
When the world tells you that you can’t have something, you have to make a decision. A courageous decision. You have to decide if you will give up. If you will submit. If you will lie down.
Or, if you will fight.
The people who win in this world, are the people who continue fighting. No matter what the circumstances.
They use the setbacks, disappointment and failures to create momentum in their life. They never, ever, ever give up. Even when they desperately want to. Even when victory seems hopeless.
What you have to realize is that you will get beat. You will experience traumatic failures. You will have days where your vision seems impossible. You will be trapped up Against the Ropes, with no clear route to victory. These moments remind us of an important lesson.
Victory isn’t found. It’s created.
It’s created through the choices we make, each and every day. It’s created through our daily behaviors. It’s created every time we powerfully respond to adversity with a refusal to give up.
The biggest mistake people make is in thinking they won’t experience pain. Thinking that success will come easily, without setbacks. This leaves so many people unprepared to deal with the pain of failure.
Pain is inevitable. Failure is inevitable. You will experience them both and you must be prepared to deal with them. There is no doubt that, at times, it will seem too intense to overcome. But, this is only an exaggeration of your mind.
You must look closely at the stories you are telling yourself.
Don’t let these moments of intense pain deter you from aiming high in life.
Set your sights on the most glorious victory you can imagine and never let go. Especially on the tough days. Especially when nothing is going your way. Especially when you have no clue how or when your situation will begin to improve.
Fight a little longer. Fight a little bit harder. Even if life has you trapped up Against the Ropes, realize that it is only temporary.
The pain will subside.
The failures won’t matter.
The disappointments will be celebrated.
And finally, your declaration to the world will be a reality.