Learning From Others’ Mistakes
These are the people who get in the way of your dreams. These are they people who you are secretly intimidated by. They pick your ideas apart, they always have to one-up you, and make you feel that you are not important. They take your ideas and claim them as their own. They always need to be the center of attention, and no one can ever outshine them. Do you know someone like this? If so, read on!
Just imagine a huge boxing ring. Then put yourself in the center of it. Just imagine yourself being a meager, average guy, in plain red boxing shorts. Then, you look over to the other corner and see your opponent. He is huge! He has an 84-inch reach and has a neck that is as big as a tree stump. He towers over you, and suddenly you feel like Little Mac, in the Nintendo Punch Out video game. What do you do when your opponent is twice your size? You’re either going to run to find cover, or you are going to fight him.
In life, we also have adversaries. They probably don’t have cool names like King Hippo, Glass Joe, or Bad Bull. But, they are just as deadly, and ten times more menacing. Much like in the video game, their punches hurt and cause you to lose time and points. But you have to continue to take the punches until you learn their weaknesses. Then, you have to master a strategy that is powerful enough to take them down. With the clock ticking away, and the punches wearing you down, you begin to feel defeated. This is the first step to victory, their victory.
The most popular war strategy is to destroy the opponent’s self-confidence. This is perhaps why most wars are won before they are even fought. They want to instill fear in you. They want to convince you that they are stronger and more powerful, so you wouldn’t even think to challenge them. This is when you start to run away and look to find cover. You appease them and you give in to their ridiculous demands. However, you must understand that running results in you giving your power away.
You are afraid of these people because you believe that they can cause you to lose something, like your self-respect or dignity. Or they can prevent you from having something that you want, like the glory of winning a battle, or promotion at your job. Intimidation is perhaps one of the best weapons in your opponent’s arsenal. For they will use it to make you afraid of “yourself.” You need to realize that you are divinely protected. If you have no fear, then people really can’t do very much to hurt you. Even if they take something from you, like giving you a black eye, or busted lip, or humiliating you in front of your peers. You need to understand that God will bring restoration in some way.
You need to trust that if your opponent tries to withhold your desires. Your desires will come to you in another way. Once you begin to understand these concepts. You will begin to have power over yourself. You will then be able to strategize and fight back. You will soon learn that you are only affected by other’s faults, because you lack the intrinsic qualities to handle those faults. You will also learn that the problems that you experience with others, are just opportunities for you to grow spiritually.
In short, your opponent’s strengths are your weaknesses. By understanding your opponent, you are better able to master yourself. Just like the video Punch Out game, Little Mac was this diminutive, dainty, hand-drawn figure. He was matched up against huge, buff, three hundred pound boxers.
Upon first glance, you wouldn’t think that Little Mac had a chance of winning. But when you started to learn about his opponents and the strategies needed to beat them. You were able to take Little Mac up the professional boxing circuits until he was able to fight his biggest opponent. But just remember, in real life, our biggest opponents are ourselves.
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