My cousin cried next to me but I screamed, “Hit him, Daddy! Hit him!”
My dad was a boxer.
And I was a blood-thirsty, little girl.
I wouldn’t be too interested in watching two men beat each other up now, but there is something inspiring about people who push themselves to the limit, something captivating about rooting for someone who overcomes impossible odds and achieves victory.
This is why movies like Rocky, The Hunger Games, and Remember the Titans appeal to us.
We love to see underdogs succeed. The higher the stakes, the better. The more our heroes have to bleed, sweat and sacrifice the more in awe we are.
But when it comes to our blood, sweat & sacrifice, we’re not inspired at all.
We give up.
And we like it.
Have you ever completed such an intense workout that you seriously felt like you were going to die, or at least be very, very sick? It hurts, but when you finish, you feel good and strong.
The sweat dripping off you, the cramping in your side, the tenderness of your muscles – they’re no longer negatives. You are proud to say, “I went through all this pain, and I came out stronger because of it.”
The same principle applies to life.
God has promised He will never leave or forsake us. He said He will give us what we need. He called us “more than conquerors.”
So there is no question about whether you can overcome these obstacles.
The question is will you push through? Or will you give up?
One way to increase your odds of victory:
Your mind is powerful, so visualize your life as a great movie. You’re the star. You’ve got to come out on top. When you’re struggling and feeling like you’re going to fall flat on your face, play that Rocky theme song and pump your fist. When you have too many tasks to get done, pretend the fate of the world is in your hands, and you have super speed. If temptation is pulling at you, imagine you’re at the climactic moment of your life movie, and of course, you’re going to win!