Over the past couple of weeks, one message kept popping up in the podcasts I was listening to, articles I was reading, as well as some experiences in my day to day life: when you get knocked down, keep getting up.
No matter how much we train, invest, prepare, or strategize to achieve a goal; sometimes we just get knocked down.
Maybe the other team trained and prepared just a little harder. Perhaps we missed a detail on the business deal and things fell through. Maybe the job promotion went to someone else. Maybe an unexpected storm came out of nowhere and ruined our vacation plans.
Whatever it is, and no matter how hard we get knocked down, we must always be willing to dig deep and pull ourselves up again.
So with that message cycling in the back of my mind, I wanted to try something a bit different this week, and bring a little motivation to carry us through the next time we get knocked down.
Keep Getting Up And You Will Never Be Defeated
Whether we are the veteran league MVP on top of the world, or the rookie showing up to the first day of practice, we will get knocked down.
It’s unavoidable – and more importantly – it’s necessary.
Anyone can show up with a smile on their face and put in the work when everything is going great; when they are living one success after another – when they are on top. It’s easy.
But how many people can show up with that same smile on their face and put in just as much work, if not more, when they just got knocked to the ground?
How many will show up and get after it when they fall short of the goal or lose the big deal they spent months putting together?
Who will keep investing the blood, sweat and tears after just getting passed over for the promotion?
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela
It’s simple… the ones that keep coming back, no matter how hard they were knocked down, have one common trait: character.
They will not be defined by getting knocked on their backs and staying there.
They will not be called a failure or loser.
They will not accept being labeled as not having what it takes.
Men and women of character will keep bringing it – day in and day out, no matter how many times they get knocked down…
They get up, dust themselves off, and bring that same level of ferocity, tenacity, and energy because they know deep down, at their core, that every time they pick themselves up they could be just one rep, one try, one deal, or one pitch away from achieving their goal.
Sure, maybe they will still get knocked down ten more times. But it doesn’t matter.
Because getting knocked down again and getting back up will always be worth it… it will always be better than the alternative… the certainty of knowing that by staying on the ground, they failed.
In the game of life, the stakes are high, and as individuals who desire to make the most of their lives, our stakes get raised even higher.
Playing at this level, we will face adversity, and we will get blindsided at times. And no matter how dire the situation, listen to that voice in your head… “Get back up!”
You were fired or laid off from your job… “Get back up!” You just became an unrestricted free agent that can find a better team to play for!
Got cut from the team…“Get back up!” Find what skills you were lacking and get to work on fine tuning them, or reassess your strengths and go out for a sport where you are better suited to make an impact!
Passed over for a promotion… “Get back up!” It may not feel like it, but there are an infinite number of new opportunities if you are willing to look. Not finding anything? Then think about starting your own business and never get passed over for a well deserved promotion again!
Suffered a season ending injury while playing your best ball yet… “Get back up!” Even when sidelined you can make a powerful impact on your team while focusing on your recovery to come back stronger and more knowledgable than ever.
Got dumped by ‘the one’… “Get back up!” No matter how perfect it felt, he/she was not the one for you, and you have a prime opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and prepare yourself for an even better relationship the next time around.
And there are a million more examples, but I will end with this one…
Lost a loved one… “Get back up…” I don’t write / say this lightly as the loss of those closest to us hurts for a long time… often forever. And that voice in your head may be the quietest it’s ever been, but please… “Get back up!” Your family, spouse, children, siblings and friends need your strength. Be their pillar. Be their strength. Because they will be yours.
No matter how dire things feel or how much you want to quit. No matter the pain, or how many times you came up short, keep getting up.
Remember… you might only be one attempt away from getting to the top… from making your impact and imprint on the world.
So no matter what.
The next time you get knocked down…
Pick yourself up.
Dust yourself off.
And let’s get back after it, because by never quitting and always getting up that one extra time, you will succeed!
Discussion Question: What is one area of your life that keeps knocking you down? Take the time this week to reflect on how you’ve approached this goal / challenge / adversity thus far. What can you do differently that could create the result you want? Now get up and go do it!
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