There are going to be days when life will push you to what feels like your breaking point. Some mornings you will struggle to pry your eyes open and get moving. It could be the aches remaining from the day before that have you harnessed. Or perhaps what has you off to a sluggish start is simply your anxious anticipation of the obstacles lying ahead of you. Regardless of the primary influence causing us pain, some days just will not begin as we would like. There are mornings when the sun will seem to rise only to awaken us to begin tackling the pile of adversity that’s been forming as we’ve rested. And that can be difficult to handle. We really have two choices. We can turn off the alarm and pull the covers over our heads, choosing to save our troubles for another day, or we can remain committed to winning the next twenty-four hours and get up and begin taking action.
I’m not here to address option number one, because I’m not a proponent of hiding from life’s responsibilities. I believe that God will never give us more than we can handle. And I don’t expect for life to always put the wind at my back. That’s just not realistic. Some days we’re going to need to swim upstream to fulfill our commitments. The destination does not change simply because we encounter less than favorable circumstances. If we are committed to success then we must understand that certain days we may need to work a bit harder than others to keep ourselves on course. Sometimes to win the fight we must simply be willing to commit to outlasting our opponent…it’s not nearly as complicated as we often make it.
Your actions taken on the days when you are tested will be what will define you moving forward. Greatness is not as much about the final realization of your goal as it is about the process that you must commit to in order to get there. It’s about remaining dedicated to doing everything that it takes on a daily basis to follow through with your vision, no matter what life throws at you. That means ignoring pain, it means making time when your schedule is overbooked, and it means derailing every ounce of negativity seeking to lead you off track so that you can create positive outcomes for yourself each and every day. Your grit, determination, and willingness to sacrifice comfort for growth will be the characteristics that will lead you to unprecedented new heights in life.
It’s easy to find excuses to tone back your commitment when the world knocks you over with adversity. We’ve all had that internal conversation when we’ve bargained for a day off with our mind. It can be very difficult not to listen. Our past conditioning can be quite persuasive. And sometimes it does truly present a seemingly justifiable case for its position. But we cannot allow ourselves to get lost in the chatter of hesitancy and doubt. We must simply take action. These are the days when we will begin to separate ourselves from the masses. These are the moments when we will have the opportunity to set a new, firm precedent for our future…one that states that we will not quit until the job gets done, no matter the circumstances. These are the times when our true greatness will be revealed to the world.
So when your system sounds an alarm at the presence of pain, fear, doubts, and other distractions seeking to toss your day into chaos, respond with a resilient determination to keep heading in the direction of your dreams anyway. Let the signals of distress be nothing more than a reminder of the opportunity that lies before you to showcase your true greatness. And take pride in standing tall and fighting the battle when lesser individuals would have instead chosen to retreat back to comfort. Champions remain focused and excel in all circumstances, not simply those that occur when the wind is at their backs.
May God Bless!