You have probably heard of the saying ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that matters’. What does it mean and is it important? What many think it means is that in a fight, the one with the most determination, drive, the hungriest will win over the one that has physical size if he is not as committed to winning. We see this in athletics where the underdogs, or Cinderella team, defeats the favored team. We know individuals who have overcome great adversity, sickness, loss of a loved one or financial ruin and bounce back accomplishing more that those who have not experienced these tragedies. What makes someone have that “fight” to beat the odds, succeed in life, decide to fight to make our country great again? I have learned from George Guzzardo that it is recognizing that there is a problem, evaluating the importance in your life and deciding it is worth your time and effort to fight for. Here is an exert from a recent article by George explaining what it takes to be a worthy opponent in your fights: ‘Hunger is the key because it provides the motivation to do what it takes to get you what you want? Best selling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady write in ‘Launching a Leadership Revolution’, about the three levels of motivation that drive hunger. Energy is derived from material achievement, recognition, respect, purpose, and legacy.’. Most fights are intellectual, ideological not physical so it is imporant to know what you stand for as you choose your fights.
The size of the fight is important in achieving success in our lives as it keeps us focused on what our priorities are. Individually, we have to evaluate which things in our life are worth fighting for, pouring our time and energy into. Our founding fathers did this. They physically were no different than tens of thousands of other men, however when measured by will, courage and action they understood more and acheived more than than those tens of thousands combined. How does it relate to today? How did our citizens become so disengaged in the important matters of our Country? I like what George Guzzardo posted ‘The freedoms of our country are at risk in a nation that has no regard for its foundation. R.C. Sproul said, “We live in the most unintellectual time in history.” Today, the forces that oppose freedom will be fought with ideas. The development of leadership qualities like courage is needed today. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “The things that will destroy us are prosperity – at – any – price, peace –at – any – price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living, and the get –rich – quick theory of life.’ Isn’t that true? Soft living could be seen as being comfortable with our own life so we choose to ignore, remain ignorant, of the demise happening around us. We know longer see the importance of the bills being passed, the financial irresponsibility of those leading our country because we do not believe it will affect us directly or if it does it won’t be signifcant. We can see soft living or complacency in ourselves, our neighbors, U.S. citizens who have been “showing up” each day, to work or at home, and focus more on being entertained than being active or engaged. Many have seem to lost their fight, or just don’t know that it is time to fight to regain what we have lost.
In addition to looking at the size of the fight in us, it is important to be in the right fight.Being a strong fighter for the sake of fighting is not the best use of time or energy. Fighting for a policy that helps a few and hurts many is more destructive than productive and not what our founding fathers would do. Participating in several committees that take you away from home when your family is falling apart maybe the wrong fight. We get more energy when we are engaged in activites tied to our LIFE purpose. Passion ignites when we believe the fight is worthy of our time. The size of the fight in us is important in determining if we will persevere in the causes we choose. Choose to fight with courage, remembering those who have fought before us for us. God Bless