If you saw your opponent rise up with new vigor and excitement for the battle, you’d get nervous, right? You’d probably feel threatened and get on the ball about planning their defeat if you hadn’t been already, right?

I am not in the military and won’t pretend that I know a lot about battle, but I have learned a few things that occur in life ..

When you step out in the right direction and go after your dreams/goals/passion, you will be met, at some point, with opposition.

This is okay! This is normal! This is actually a great indicator that you’re on the right path. These adversities will actually propel you forward, if you view and handle them properly. (Sounds a little crazy, right? Hear me out..)

Maybe it’s your feelings – you made the firm decision, you resolved that you are going to work out and [insert your goal here: lose body fat/improve athletic performance/get stronger] but today .. today you just aren’t motivated or feeling like working out. Or maybe your car broke down. Or maybe some really crazy situations and circumstances have transpired and they are threatening you at the core of your motivation, trying to keep you down with guilt or other unpleasant feelings.

Again – these are normal things. I will even go to the extent to say that they are good for you to encounter. Why? Because then, your resolve will be fire-tested and ready for results, if you pass the test.

Check out this article.

Don’t let anything hold you back from your dreams, goals, ambitions. Analyze the situations in your life and look for the patterns .. and look at your reactions. You’re not in control of the outside circumstances, but you are in control of how you react to them and what you do moving forward. This determines your path.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”
Napoleon Hill

Ultimately, you’ve already won. Now, you’re just walking out the details. 🙂

Philippians 3:12-15 NKJV
12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.
13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
15 So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.

I love how the God’s Word translation puts it:
Phil 3:12
It’s not that I’ve already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me.

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