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We’ve all had our fair share of struggles, fights, and battles. Many of us, in fact, are probably going toe to toe with one right now. It’s just one of the things that we all have in common – each of us has our own particular battles and NO ONE gets through life without them.
It matters very little how smart we are, how wealthy, or how beautiful – everyone had better learn to fight early in life, because it’s a skill that’ll be called upon. Often. As in boxing, the better fighters will last the longest, go the furthest, and will be the last ones standing. The weaker fighters make early exits and sit in the shadows, watching and wondering where they went wrong.
The answer to that question is often one of the following:
1. They underestimated what they were up against. Many times we’ll minimize the people or situations that we have to fight against. Whether they’re habits (smoking, drinking, gambling), genetic traits (such as a bad temperment), personal struggles (weight, shyness), circumstances (poverty, illness, debt, career dissatisfaction), or people (parents, spouse, boss, children) – we often come out on the losing end because we fail to see how much power they actually have over us. We think, “I could quit smoking any time I wanted to,” when, in realtiy, nicotene is a drug that is very hard to give up. Underestimating it is only inviting it to the winner’s circle.