We’ll fight over a parking spot… We’ll even fight over someone cutting in front of us in traffic… And we’ll especially fight over somebody talking about our Mama! But Fight for our Future? …We don’t know anything about that.
Well, get ready to get out of that LazyBoy chair, because something is about to change in the trajectory of your life.
I remember years ago, trying to fight for my future, but it always ended up being a loosing battle.
I struggled with so many addictions.
I couldn’t even SEE my future, let alone throw a solid right hook into that which was holding me back. People closest to me would say, “What do you want to do? Who do you want to be?”… I hadn’t the foggiest.
I was just trying to kill the pain. …and I wasn’t doing too well in that fight either.
But what I want to share with you, is three quick tips to help you fight for your future. I’m going to cover the Past, Present, and the Future. I’m not going to try to “pump you up” either!
Why? Because if you can’t really see what your future looks like, and everything looks a little… bleak (shall we say) right now— then how are you going to wake-up every morning, excited to get out of bed, and ready to go forward in life? It’s just a bad state to be in. I know, because I’ve been there, bought the T-Shirt.
So, How do you Fight for your Future?
1. You’ve Got to Forget about it!
So often, all we do is “Rehearse our Hurts”. That’s got to stop. (…I mean, right now.)
There’s a book I came across awhile back called, The Message… it’s basically a modern version of a classic work— not sure if you’ve heard of it. I like to call it, The Biblitext. In this ancient work, a man named, Isaiah said:
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” [ch. 43 // vss. 18-19]
Listen, you’ve got to GO TO WAR ON YOUR PAST and start to FIGHT FOR YOUR FUTURE!! If not now, when?
The key is to stop allowing the past to live on inside of you. It’s not you anymore! At some point you’ve got to FORGET ABOUT IT!! Move on! Go Forward!! Stop being dragged-along in the Mud-of-Regret!
We all know: You can’t change your past, but you sure can change your future! [Tweet that]
That power to change is within you! But you’ve got to FIGHT for it!
So, how do we Fight for our Future?
2. You’ve Got to Be Alert!
When I was a little kid, growing up in Seattle, my Mom would always wake me up the same way everyday before school… “Rise and Shine! It’s time to wake-up!” And Oh, how I hated that! Why? Because it caught me off-guard every single day! I just wasn’t ready for it.
“My mom used to say that I became a fighter and a scrapper and a tough guy to protect who I am at my core.” —Vin Diesel
There’s a story of the Shaolin Monks…. how these peace-loving holy men had to begin defending themselves… In the history of China there was much lawlessness. Bandits and villains were widespread throughout the land. Temples were vulnerable to attack, as were monks who traveled the country teaching the ways of Buddhism.
They weren’t expecting to get attacked. But they did. So, in order to protect themselves (and their home turf), these monks developed a system of fighting— later called, Shaolin Kung Fu.
Can you just imagine, if-you-will… Mr. Nice Buddhist Monk walking down the road…
(…who, by-the-way… doesn’t even believe in hurting a fly!)… and some Chinese Gangster wants to jack his bag. “Yo! Gimme the bag!” Then Mr. Monk would say, “Oh no, so sorry, can not do this thing you ask. Thank you, I must go now— Good bye.” But Mr. Gangster, (along with the enemies of your past) don’t always give up as easily as we’d like….
“I said….. Gimme the bag!!”
“I so sorry. But now I have no choice. Now, you gonna get it!”
BAM!! BAM!!!! BAM!!!!
Here’s the thing. Just because “God has a plan for your life”, or there’s a burning desire in your heart to accomplish a certain thing, like…
- Start a business
- Sing before millions of people
- Marry the man of your dreams… or
- Join the Peace Corps and help feed the children in Africa…
I remember watching a movie awhile back… (honestly I can’t remember the name of it. But if you know, let us know in the comment section). But the quote was… “Sometimes you just gotta take what belongs to you.”
So, here’s my question for you: How long will you keep allowing yourself to get ripped-off by that condescending voice inside your head— before you really just stand up and start fighting for your future?
I mean, when will you really rise-up and just flat-out say along with our Mr. monk friend…. “I so sorry…. but NOW you must get the [BLEAP!!] out of my face! You’re not going to stand in the way of my future any longer!!”
There’s a time to pray, and there’s a time to fight. Never get those two confused.
3. You’ve Got to See It!
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
So, where are you at today? Have you ever gone through a time where you wanted to give up on your dreams, and simply throw-in the towel? How did you make it out the other side? Or… Do you tend to focus more on the past?
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the present? Or… Is your head (sometimes) in the clouds, thinking about the future, but you struggle with how to actually get there?
Let me know in the comment section below. Your questions, comments, and challenges will surely encourage many people too. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get this party started!