A Better Self

Be A Champion

What comes to mind when you think of a champion? Initially, the picture that comes to mind, for me, is one of a boxer in the ring, drenched in sweat, raising his gloved hand in victory. A fighter, literally and figuratively. Someone who knows what they want and stops at nothing to make it happen. Someone who tosses excuses to the side and takes ownership over their lives.

It’s time we become our own champions.

It seems as though, many times, we tell ourselves that things will “work out in time”. Hesitancy to take charge of our own future seems to allow us to be in denial of our ability to even actually do so. I may like to be treated like a princess from time to time, but I never want to feel like I need someone else to defeat the dragon that awaits. I want to be able to do it myself.

Rumination of the past and worry of the future are two challenges that strive to stand in our way of venturing toward the gratifying feeling of fulfillment. These two flawed practices only serve to diminish self-esteem, create Doubt, and keep from teetering over the cusp toward becoming your own hero. Your own champion. Even if we stressed and mulled over the worst possible outcome to the point that we neglect our discovering our abilities, chances are, these horrors that we conjured up will never play out. Sure, the task of pushing these negative ideals to the side is not always an easy mission, however, it is absolutely possible.

“To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”-Muhammad Ali

The real world is not a fair place. You are dealt a hand from the begging, but no matter what that hand may be, it is your choice of how you decide to play the game. We have the ability to make the best out of the situations we experience. Difficult experiences can give you the opportunity to grow, should you take it. You get to make the choice of how you will respond. You are in the driver seat on this trip, you get to decide which turns to make.

We are told as children “When you grow up, you can be anything you want to be.” Many times I wonder just how true this is. I believe it is all in relative perspective for each individual, however, I can’t help but think that we could actually achieve anything should we take charge to do so. If you desire something strongly, pursue it with a fearless courage.

It is also important that you find the Center Of You. Find out who you are, what you desire in live. Don’t dwell excessively on the opinions of those surrounding you. It is not to say that some comments have well-meaning, however, ultimately you have to do what is best for YOU. Being the champion of your life should mean you taking charge to create your own version of happiness and doing so with a fierce strength.

 wise words from soccer champion @alexmorgan13:

I hate to think that many of us will have moments of thinking “what if” or fleeting moments of regret. Regret of allowing excuses to overrun our lives and keep us from taking charge of our future. The path to your personal version of success may cover rough terrain with many obstacles, but that champion in you has the ability to to tackle each deterrent in stride.

-Shawna

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