Sometimes you just feel weak. It’s those periods when the life just seems to drain out of you and the very thought of all you have to get done pins you to the floor with the weight of wet sand. You’re not going to quit. You’re just feeling weak. You know you’ll eventually feel strong again, but today, you shake yourself and find nothing.
This happens to me too. People often write me asking, “C. J., how do you stay motivated all the time?” The short—and honest—answer is, “I don’t.” I’m just like anyone else. I have my good days, and I have my bad days. Nobody is special in this fight of life, and anyone who says otherwise is lying.
The difference is how long it takes me to bring myself back to a strong and motivated state. What helps me keep that time period short is the principles I’ve learned over the years, and one in particular is the power of a single strengthening thought.
Happy Thoughts Won’t Help
There’s a difference between “happy thoughts” and thoughts that breed strength. There’s a difference between positive thinking and being infused with ideas and outlooks that inspire you to overcome all things.
For too many, they think of Peter Pan’s flying through Neverland because he thinks “happy thoughts.” I’m actually more attracted to the outlook of Captain Hook. He had a plan to dominate. He counted all costs. He was willing to face anything to take control of Neverland. For him, happy thoughts meant nothing. He had one thought: knowing exactly what he wanted and the willingness to sacrifice in order to get it.
Of course, I’m not endorsing something evil when I offer Captain Hook as an example of personal achievement. I’m just trying to destroy the commonly held belief that thinking happy thoughts is what strengthens you. It doesn’t. What will truly empower you to overcome the obstacles life throws at you is when you’re reminded of the great purpose that you’re serving.
It’s not a happy thought that empowers the great warriors of ancient civilizations—it’s the thought of knowing their life and strength is dedicated in service of king and tribe. Their heads will lift higher as they’re reminded of the noble blood in their veins. Their spirits are quickened when they look upon the deadly beauty of their armor.
Their hearts begin to race when they flex their carved muscle and see the hordes of warriors that eat and sleep at their side. Finally, their breath quickens and a scream leaves their throats when their commander tells them they’re fighting for their women and children at home. It is these collective thoughts that strengthen the warrior’s soul, and this is not positive thinking. This is a worldview, and it’s what puts iron in their blood.
Life is War. Never Forget That.
As the Metal Motivator, I’m not trying to create positive people—by that I mean people that are so positive they’re blind to reality. I’ll leave that task to the hundreds of other “motivational speakers” clamoring for the coveted spot of being a “keynote speaker” for any corporation that’ll hire them. I’m not following anybody’s course on “how to make a six-figure income by being a motivational speaker.” Screw that. I’m here for a higher purpose.
I want to create overcomers, conquerors, and warriors that understand they are serving a greater purpose when they maximize their resources, achieve their goals, and transform their lives. Life is not the friendly place that some would like you to believe. The world is a messed up place, and life will steamroll you if you just sit there and do nothing.
That’s why you need strength. That’s why you must be reminded of all the reasons why you’re fighting, so that when those days come that you feel weak, you will find renewed strength. It’s the whole picture that you must see. A happy thought won’t cut it. You must be transported to the grand vision of you as the self-sacrificial warrior whose life is dedicated to the greater purpose.
Who Are You Anyway?
So long as you continue to live below the clouds with your mind governed by pop culture, you’ll continue to be rocked off your feet by every wave that slams you. If you want to strengthen yourself, then you must have an outlook on life that’s greater than a happy thought.
Happy thoughts don’t create the kind of warriors we see in stories like Rocky, Rudy, Braveheart, or 300. Happy thoughts don’t inspire sacrifice, or move the wounded warrior to disregard his pain in order to win the day. For that, you need something higher. Something greater than yourself.
You’re not just a single mom. You’re a caretaker of little warriors whose future lies in your care. You’re not just a wandering student on a college campus. You’re a soldier of life preparing to master a skill that will help inspire others and maximize your greatness. You’re not some middle-aged do-nothing with no meaning to their life. You’re a sage—a wise one—who will take their life experience and finish their limited years by exceeding the first half of their life.
Now, are you still sitting there, or can you feel the iron seeping into your blood? Good. Now tell me in the comments below what you plan to do about it!