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Has Your Hard Life Made You Stronger?

Or are you more bitter? More critical, cynical and judgmental?

Or are you more resilient? Do you get offended less because you’ve been struck down but not destroyed?

The Bible says that a righteous man falls seven times but he gets back up. Is this you? Do you refuse to quit trying? Do you refuse to stop getting back up?

Or are you still sitting? Are you taking it easy? Taking an extended break? On an indefinite sabbatical?

We all have the option to take either of these two roads. We can, in the face of failure, push again, try again, dream again. For me, one way that I choose to stand up again and again is when I publish a new blog post. I have no idea who reads my words other than God, Google and my wife. But still, I want to be a writer. And so I keep writing.

Ten years ago I wrote in a dream book that I wanted to write 50 books. Maybe 2 years ago I simply said I wanted to write one bad book. (Sometimes you need to break down a lost dream into a bite–sized, attainable goal.)

I’ve spent most of my life trying to be an entrepreneur, marketer and consultant, but not a writer. I’ve taken a few stints at various writing projects: small books, poems, music and daily blogging. All of which have ended prematurely, but still I keep getting up.

I fight the thoughts that try to diminish my dreams.

And so, I take seriously the thoughts that try to distract, delay or deny me.

Do you fight them?

Do you realize there IS a fight?

If you don’t realize there is a battle going on then you may have resigned without knowing.

There is no such thing as victory without an enemy. Those who do not sense the enemy have likely been counted out. You won’t feel resistance when you’re not taking new ground.

I remember being fascinated when reading the book The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin and hearing him describe how he uses resistance and fear as an indicator that he is making the right choices.

If he feels no anxiety, he’s likely treading in territory he’s already conquered. But when his senses are heightened, i.e. his “demons” are active and interrogating, it’s his green light. He knows he’s in the right place. This is a mindset of someone who wants to be ever growing, every developing, ever strengthening.

Some people read all pain as the same. But the bodybuilder knows that there is a pain that contains a message. One type of pain is saying “something is wrong.” But if you dig deeper, you’ll realize the real message is “we’ve never been here before.”

When you push past the pain of unfamiliarity, you find a new level or reality, a new plane of ability and awareness. Like seeds that only grow after the shell is broken, we will only get to become our best selves after we break through familiar limits.

So how do you fight??

One way to fight is to counteract current thoughts with new ones. Personally, I really enjoy reading. I read the Bible daily, and the YouVerison devotional daily. But in addition, I also read something inspirational and educational daily, maybe a personal development book or autobiography, perhaps a podcast interview with a behind-the–scenes look at what adversity it took someone to overcome.

In addition to feeding yourself with new thoughts, you will also need to flush your heart and mind from wounds. Inspirational words are like seeds, but they require a ground that is prepared for them to grow. If you are holding onto hurts and disappointments, those can either give you a rocky ground or they can choke the life out of the new information you hear. So you really need to deal with you heart.

As a Christian, I know that God’s promises give His children a new ground or new heart. This is the work of his Spirit and I believe this is critical and a necessary step to give yourself a foundation for success.

Below, I’ve listed some quotes and poems that touch on this subject of fighting, overcoming, getting back up and winning.

I hope you will save and use them to remind yourself to never ever give up.

Create a great day!
– Arvell Craig

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You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Maya Angelou

 

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela

 

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.
Henry Ward Beecher

 

It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.
Winston Churchill

 

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon

 

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison

 

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

 

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
Abraham Lincoln

 

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
Vince Lombardi

 

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt