“If you haven’t found something you are willing to die for, you aren’t fit to live.” – Martin Luther King
One of the best ways to take you from where you are now to epic living is finding your fight. If you have nothing to fight for you become lazy, indifferent, passionless, and without a sense of purpose.
Everyone needs a worthy enemy.
- Luke had Darth Vader
- Harry had Voldemort
- Batman had the Joker
- Superman had General Zod
- Andy Dufrene had Warden Norton
- Microsoft has Apple
- Mercedes has BMW
- The Red Sox have the Yankees
- David had Goliath
- Twenty somethings have a quarter-life crisis
An enemy gives you a reason to fight. It’s a worthy opponent but beatable. It takes hard work, sweat, tears, and all your abilities.
You have to dig deeper, go longer, and fight harder.
You may get knocked down but you have to get up ready for more.
Who are my enemies? Just as superheros have more than one, I have a couple. My first battle is with insignificance. I want to be successful but more importantly I want to be significant in people’s lives. I want to be the best husband, father, brother, son and friend.
I want people who know me to walk way better than when they first met me. I want to inspire people. I want to help them battle their enemies.
My second enemy are bosses. I’ve had many bosses. Most of them have been great. The problem I have with bosses is being told what to do and when to do it. It’s telling me to what my schedule is. It’s being a follower and not a leader.
It’s asking for permission to vacation instead of taking it myself. It working for something I’m not passionate about instead of doing what I love.
Yours may be simliar or different than mine.
When you think about your enemies, let them motivate you. Your choice is to let them beat the crap out of you without a fight and give up or keep finding ways to battle.
Envision them standing in front of you, like an old western showdown. However, there’s no guns. No shortcuts. You have to use your brains.
Once you do find your opening, take action and don’t give up. You’ll soon see them in your rear view mirror chasing you. They seem to never give up. With enough hard work, consistency, and good habits, you’ll leave them way behind. If you slow down, they gain ground.
Find your enemies and let that be your motivation.
Who are your enemies?
What are you willing to work day and night for?
What are you willing to fight through your fears for?
What are you willing to die for so you can really live?