How do you handle life’s little challenges? Little effort and intensity placed at the beginning stage of a project may be an indication that one may be egocentric and/or over-confident in his or her ability.
Usually when a person displays this kind of attitude is when they underestimate their opponent. I consider it a positive aspect when an individual believes in his or her ability, but it can prove to be a huge mistake to undermine the strength and the resolve of your opponent. Heart (the will to win) far exceeds skill and talent.
A sport demands the same intense effort during the course of a game that life demands during the course of a day, if a person is going to be successful. We should begin our day with a sense of urgency so that we can have a better chance of maintaining focus throughout the day.
We are living in tough economic and stressful times, which seem to wear down the best of us. These times require more than a melancholy effort. They require mental toughness to remain focused, and a perseverance that will outlast today’s challenges. Life’s every day trials are making greater demands on people’s time, money and energy. And, like sports, it is extremely wearisome to try to catch up when a lead was exponentially increased while you were indulging in your self-confidence. Perhaps you did not notice that people are in a real battle for their marriages, businesses, sanity, self-esteem, finances, nation, etc.
People must live life with a sense of purpose because the challenges in life will not stop. Just when you think that everything is going fine, you are blindsided by some unfortunate incident. How do you maintain your focus when your expectations are frustrated and your efforts are insufficient for the challenge ahead? Do not lose your cool!
Composure means everything in the midst of chaos. A cooler head will prevail; but a confused mind will further exasperate the problem. I recently had surgery to repair a hernia. While I was recuperating, a water line broke during the night and flooded two thirds of the first floor of my home. My wife was the first to wake up only to put her feet into a puddle of water.
When I heard my wife call my name with a sense of urgency, my adrenaline was flowing so heavily that I jumped up without the thought of the metal staples in my body and the pain I was experiencing through the night. I quickly discovered the cause of the flood, shut off the water valve, which stopped any further damage from occurring.
My mind immediately went into survival mode, protecting me from the pain until I could rectify the problem. Once everything was settled, my mind turned off survival mode and I immediately felt the pain.
I called for personal and professional help, called my insurance company, took a couple of pain pills and rested. I was disappointed, to say the least, because of the damage, but I was not disjointed. Life for me remains joyous despite the challenges because I stay in a mindset of readiness. Things are not always as bad as they seem if you can see them as fixable or trash. Repair what you can, and can what you cannot repair.