There’s a scene from the movie Rocky Balboa that I’ve watched so many times I could probably recite it to you verbatim.
In this scene, Rocky listens as his son grumbles over the pressures of being the son of a boxing legend. The younger Balboa feels like he’s living in a “big shadow”, plagued by the lore of his last name.
If his aged father goes forward with his next fight against a much younger opponent, the shadow would get even larger. He and his family could become the laughingstocks of a nation.
If only he could convince Rocky to quit, to give up on his dream to win one last fight.
Rocky looks at his son and says…
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place. And I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.
But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. THAT’S HOW WINNING IS DONE!
Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”
I get goosebumps every time I hear that. Though I try not to believe that the world is a mean, nasty place, Rocky’s words still ring true.
Life happens. Good happens. Bad happens.
We can give life permission to bring us to our knees, to make us the victims of our circumstances. Or we can put up our dukes and keep moving forward, no matter how many punches we take.
Because life is in constant motion. We’re either moving forward or backward. The choice is ours.
Lisa Nichols, author of Abundance Now and today’s special guest on The Sessions, had every opportunity to go down for the count, sprawled out at the feet of racism, neighborhood gangs, the college that sent her home, the incarceration of her son’s father, or the fiancee that physically assaulted her.
Lisa didn’t have a boxing legend in her corner, however she had someone just as strong and just as courageous. Her grandmother.
And it was her grandmother who taught her then-teenage granddaughter that “winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
On today’s episode, Lisa shares her incredibly moving story, a rousing example of how winning is done.
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