The debate that you have within yourself every single day is the most important debate that you should be focused on. The debate that you have within yourself has the power to determine how you will live your life.
Not just how you will live your life, but who you will become, what chances you will take, if you will make progress or if you will succumb to fear and stay where it is safe.
Yes the presidential debates are important because they affect your decision on which person you choose to vote for president. However, a president is in office for four years, or eight years max. The person who lives inside of you that you have to constantly debate everyday is with you until the day you die. If you don’t learn how to beat your inner opponent, you’re doomed to a life of mediocrity.
“Candice really that’s a bit harsh, doomed to a life of mediocrity?” Is what you might be thinking, but let’s examine the word mediocre for a second.
me·di·o·cre: of only moderate quality; not very good.
synonyms: ordinary, average, forgettable, unremarkable, uninspired, amateur.
Every day when you wake up you have two choices. To remain the same, or to evolve into someone better than you were the day before. Your inner opponent doesn’t want to change. It doesn’t like change. It despises change. Change makes him itchy. Change makes him gag.
The inner you would much rather be comfortable. It’s familiar there. It’s warm there. There, is all they know so when you decide to try to grow you will feel the resistance.
I know I’m not the only one that feels the resistance any time I try to accomplish or try something new that will help me evolve.
Think about the last time you wanted to do something that you knew would help take you to the next level. Do you remember the inner you inside kicking and screaming, doing everything in it’s power to convince you to change your mind and to get back on the bus of comfort, the bus of safety, the bus of average.
But this bus is crowded. The doors can barely close on the average bus. There’s so many people shoved in there. These people don’t look very happy there. They never dreamed that they would end up on this bus.
No, when they were younger they vowed they would never end up on the average bus because they had dreams and being average wasn’t one of them.
Yet, here they are. Crammed inside, and unhappy.
We must learn to master our inner opponent. We can not let it rule us, no matter how uncomfortable growth may feel once we get moving towards the direction of growth it will start to feel normal.
We must resist the temptation of staying the same. We must resist the temptation of playing it small. We must conquer this inner voice with positive and faith filled thoughts instead.
I’m saying we because I too must over come my own inner opponent every single day. It’s a constant battle of you vs. you.
I want to talk about the crabs in a bucket mentality for a second. You know the one we’ve been told our whole life. According the Wikkipedia
“The metaphor refers to a bucket or pot of crabs. Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead they grab at each other in a useless “king of the hill” competition which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise.”
But what if there aren’t any other crabs in the bucket? What if you created these crabs inside of your head and convinced yourself that you couldn’t escape because all these other crabs were pulling you down, and holding you back. In reality you are the only crab in the bucket, and you are capable of escaping any time you want. Any time.
Perspective my friends over come the inner you, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem at first, it must be done. You must be conscious and pay attention to the most important debate there is– the one within yourself. Fight to become a better you every day. Your future you is depending on it.