I've got a question for you. How are you doing out there? Really, how are you doing out there? Do you feel like you're winning? Does it feel like a fight? I know it can. It does for me sometimes, and that's what I really want to talk to you about today, winning the fight. I mean, does it always have to feel like a fight?
It's so fascinating how this works out. I want you to think about this. At first, we come up with this glorious vision, "Oh my gosh, I'm going to do this. I'm going to run a business. I'm going to get in better shape. I'm going to get to pull this vacation together," and we get super excited about this glorious vision. And we can see it done. We can see the end result, and we're so excited about what that could possibly be.
Creating a powerful vision is so important, and of course we all know that without a vision, the people perish. So, it's good for us to have a vision. But then, after we get the vision, we get so excited about it that we start planning. We start planning for how are we going to get there? How are we going to make this happen? Because…. “I gotta have it”. We start putting together the pieces of what we are going to do, step by step, to get there.
Then what happens from doing that, because we have such a grand vision, we're so excited about it, and we've got plans for how to get there; we start to get a little tunnel vision. We start to get a little tunnel vision, and we start to believe that, "You know what? This plan that I put in place, how could it not get me there? It's going to be perfectly." So, we go to work trying to force that plan to work. Yes, sometimes we try to force it.
Is it important for us to stay the course, to resist trouble, and hardship? Yes. And yet sometimes getting so focused on the one plan does not leave us the behavioral flexibility to ‘move’ when we need to move and change when we need to change. You see, once we have the plan and the vision, then reality shows up. Think about this. Think about the things that you work on. You come across challenges, right? And distractions. I do ... shiny little things that are getting in your way….and setbacks. You know, things that you didn't see coming, and they set you back a week or two or a month or maybe they set back your motivation and your belief….. those kinds of things. It's coming at you from all sides, right? It just seems to be coming from everywhere.
This can happen sometimes on our way to success and on our way to winning. So, what do you do with all this? You can liken this to the life of a Boxer. Somebody who's a Prize Fighter in the ring. Think of the vision that a Prize Fighter has or a Boxer has. The vision is the belt, the championship belt, right? Heavyweight Champion of the World, who doesn't want to be there? If I'm going to be a Boxer, I might as well be Heavyweight Champion of the World. That's a glorious vision, and the Boxer can see themselves standing there with the big belt, holding it up. The world's cheering their name, and the whole works. Vision's pretty amazing.
Then they put together a plan. The plan for how they're going to jab and cross and shuffle and make all of the moves necessary to be able to take down the opponent and win the belt. But see, here's what's interesting……
Mike Tyson said “Everyone has a plan, and then you get hit!”
See, that's where the game changes. This is where champions are made. Interference shows up, right? You get hit, and how do you handle that?
So, let's talk about this. What is the best strategy for being able to win in the long run, to be able to take the belt, to win the belt?
I want to be able to use the words here, "Bob and Weave."
When you think about this from a Boxer's standpoint, if you stand there and you just get hit all the time, and you stand there and you keep taking it, and you keep trying to force the plan….but you keep getting beat…. man, that's going to hurt. And it's going to wear you out. So, you've got to be able to Bob and Weave a little bit.
Let's talk about what that looks like. The number one way to be able to Bob and Weave is to expect the Interference, expect the challenges, and expect to get hit from time to time. You see, when Boxers condition themselves and they do their training, they're training their body how to be able to take a hit as much as they are training themselves how to give them as well. This is where you start getting really good. So, expect that Interference, expect the challenge….. and expect to get hit.
Number two, condition yourself in the off season. Condition yourself outside of the ring. You see, if you're conditioning yourself to know how to Bob and Weave and move from side to side and get out of the way of hits…. then you're going to get hit less often. And you can pay attention more to how you're going to jab and cross and do the hook and everything else that's going to win you the fight. Hopefully, even have a complete knockout.
The other thing I want to share with you lastly is that the fight is no place to practice. So, be in the fight and stop dancing around. See when people get afraid or they're worried or they don't like getting hit, they start dancing around the ring, avoiding the opponent, avoiding the real challenge.
You got to stop dancing around, and you've got to be able to be in the fight. You see, when you're dancing around you just get tired, and the more tired you get the easier it is for you to be taken out.
The win will come sooner if you learn how to Bob and Weave, and if you learn how to be in the fight and stay in it for the long haul, it will come. That's how winning is done.
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