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W.I.N. Wednesday: The Battles That Count

"The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at."

Jesse Owens

The thing with the battles inside all of us is that most often no one else sees them. They see what you portray, which can be a façade – a false front, a mask. We can get very good at hiding the struggles within. 

Those struggles might be:

  • Getting out of bed every morning to get your workout or your morning meditation in before the kids get up or before you go to work.

  • Staying motivated at work to continue to do a good job when you feel unappreciated, have a bad boss or are feeling burnt out.

  • Doing what is right when it is not popular or expedient.

The battles within might be with self-image, self-confidence or self-efficacy. 

They might be with body image, or eating disorders.

Those battles might be with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. 

A friend of mine who has a Masters Degree in Counselling explained that people who are contemplating suicide are battling with, “I want to live, and I want to die.”

There are strategies and resources that can be useful in helping you deal with all these struggles and battles. All of them however, are useless unless you use them. 

The key to overcoming many of these struggles and battles is to ask for help. No athlete would embark on a journey to qualify for the Olympics without the help of numerous coaches, therapists and mentors. 

It takes courage and vulnerability to take the battles inside you, and bring them out by asking for help. Brene Brown says vulnerability is, “basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” She also says, “We too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love and the origin point for innovation, adaptability, accountability, and visionary leadership.”

What’s Important Now? Have the courage and vulnerability to get the help you need to deal with the struggles and battles within. 

Take care.

Brian Willis



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