Victory

Success over enemies, obstacles, shortcomings, weaknesses, and the self . . .

Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. Malcolm S Forbes

 

If you think you can win, you can. Faith is necessary to victory. William Hazlitt

There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win. Elie Wiesel

     We all need to know the feeling and taste of victory. It is a great emotional and physiological event. It makes us feel good; strengthens us and expands our capabilities. Once we know victory we desire to know it again and more often.

     Life is a series of skirmishes and battles that lasts from birth until we fight the last battle and die. We are continuously being confronted with trials and tribulations. Sometimes it seems that life is mostly problems and is woefully short of the good things. Storms and clouds are abundant. Hassles, issues, disappointments and things going wrong seem to be the rule and not the exception. It is easier to be negative and pessimistic than it is to be positive and optimistic. If going backward is more our norm, it is hard to know the “thrill of victory”.

   To engage Life and to reward ourselves with our fair share of victories, we need access to a very important weapon that gives us “the edge”. It equips us to assertively take on the many issues that challenge us. That weapon is “attitude”.  It is a protective shield that enables us to take all the “hits”, obstacles, problems; and then to victoriously persevere. Attitude is the “secret” that “allows us to take a licking and keep on ticking”. As a protective shield, it is not to be worn on the outside; attitude needs to be found on the inside. We must defend ourselves especially against ourselves, from the inside out.

    We are always our own worst enemy and need an “attitude” to shield us from defeatism, negativism, pessimism, apathy, complacency, and a long list of similar “inner” enemies. Our number one enemy in Life is always “us”. Whatever prevailing feelings we allow to be dominant; success or defeat, optimism or pessimism, joy or despair, and so many more; we set the stage for being victorious or for tasting the bitterness of defeat. 

     Once we have established this shield of “attitude” of victory, the number of wins from life’s skirmishes and battles will start to increase. Each victory lays the foundation for more victories. The more we taste victory, the better we get at making it happen. As we learn and experience victories and successes, we gain the knowledge and wisdom to make them the rule and not the exception. A “winning attitude” is the key to more victories.

Challenge: Today is a good day for a victory. Identify a job, task, or challenge. Think of it as your opponent. Determine what you must do to be victorious. Break it down into steps. Take it on, overcome, accomplish, and defeat it. When you succeed, relish the feeling of victory. Feel the exhilaration. You now have internalized an increased capability for even more victories. Start out simple and build on each of your victories.

Wisdom:In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first. Harry S Truman

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

One of the secrets to successful living is attitude, this applies both in the secular sense and even more so in the spiritual sense. God did not make us to be defeated. He made us to be victorious. We have within us what it takes to live victoriously. We can only go so far in our own strength. However, with God helping us, there are no limits. The ultimate victory comes from learning to let go and let God show us the path to life’s victories.

Prayer: Thank you for all the many ways you bless me. Thank you for each and every victory.

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