“We all end up dead, it’s just a matter of how and why.” -William Wallace, Braveheart
One of my favorite scenes out of Braveheart is what comes just after the legendary battlefield speech of William Wallace to his fellow Scotsmen at Sterling. The speech is over, the troops are fired up, now what? The dialogue goes like this:
Stephen: Fine speech. Now what do we do?
William Wallace: Just be yourselves.
Hamish: Where are you going?
William Wallace: I’m going to pick a fight.
Hamish: Well, we didn’t get dressed up for nothing.
What do you want to pick a fight with in 2017?
Resolutions are for the comfortable, I’m interested in the kinds of decisions that lead to uncomfortable change. Change, deep down, fire-breathed transformation. Where is the fire in your belly? What keeps you up at night? What injustice can you not live with? What habit is in the way of you absolutely slaying your job? What negative mindset is robbing you of your creativity? What slave master says it owns your freedom? What is in the way of you living out a dream?
Everybody dreams, the difference is some people actually experience them. The separation is usually a matter of discipline from the dream stage to the experience stage. It’s largely an issue of will, discipline, effort, heart, stubbornness, resilience, resources and perseverance. If you pick a fight, you are likely to get punched in the mouth, that’s a given. The issue is when you hit the mat, do you resolve to get up? Outlasting your opponent is where the marrow of the victory comes from, you bid your time, and when the opportunity presents itself, return your blow and land it on your enemy’s jaw. It’s yours for the taking, opportunity knocks.
I’m entering 2017 not with a resolution, but with a primal scream to take another step of what I was put on this earth to do. I am challenged, I am stretched, I am vulnerable . . . the bullies are on the battleground in front of me. They hurl their insults, they predict my failure, they intimidate with accusations of lies. They are the voices I oppose. The primal scream is louder than those voices, it’s what I’m listening to. I don’t want to take a step forward, I want to dismantle the entire system of resistance in front of me. The life of the Creator lives in me, his breath breathes in me. Therefore, I have no fear . . . none. I’m here to pick a fight.
What are you picking a fight with in 2017? How can I help you?