Monday, April 12, 2010

You Get What You Fight For

You don’t get what you wish for.

You don’t get what you pray for.

Often, you don’t even get what you pay for.

But with enough effort, perseverance and determination, you DO get what you fight for.

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. -Evan Esar

No one is going to hand you your dreams.

You’re not just going to wake up one morning and realize all you ever wanted just fell in your lap.

For better or worse, life doesn’t work that way. You have to go after what you want. Dig in your heels, tighten your grip and grit your teeth. It’s probably going to involve some suffering.

Whether you are longing for a victory in sports, politics, finances or love, you have to actively and often aggressively wage battle to obtain it. There will be obstacles. There will be set backs. There might even be some failures. But you’ll never taste the unbelievably sweet joy of victory unless you unleash your inner warrior and go head to head with whatever or whoever is keeping you from your prize.

Not all fights are a straight shot though. Negotiation. Humility. Strategy. Evasive maneuvers. All these are necessary sometimes when offensive tactics just won’t do the trick.

Like any good fighter knows, you have to have a few surprises up your sleeve. You need to be willing to calm your inner focus and then go balls to the wall.

“The harder the fight, the sweeter the victory.”

So what if the fight seems too much work? What if you just won’t do what it takes to achieve those dreams?

If you won’t fight for it, someone else will. And then they will have earned the victory. In the natural order of the world, with cause and effect, effort and reward, you get what you work for. You obtain what you fight for. You win what you’re willing to bleed, cry, sacrifice and die for.

Didn’t work for it = Didn’t earn it = Don’t value it = Don’t deserve it

If you aren’t willing to fight for something, you don’t deserve it.

Thinking – Walter B Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win but think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost.
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellows' will.
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You've got to think high to rise;
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

So forget the shooting stars, the wishing wells and the four leaf clovers. Put up your dukes.

NOW you’re ready.


schwarzefahne said...

and yet, though we may toil long into the night, run until our veins pump battery acid or fight well passed the moment the opponent draws blood, we often times fail. Many encompass within ourselves the courage to "go down swinging", and that certainly is a noble quality. But I believe the true character of a human being lies in one's ability to lick their wounds, gather their senses and put those gloves right back on!

schwarzefahne said...

This video is a compliation of a bunch of motivational speeches from 40 movies, most of which I have seen. I think it encompasses the same kind of enthusiasm you're referring to. Enjoy: