Your best defense against haters, skeptics, critics, and those that ignore you, is to create a stronger you—to become lion-hearted.

When life brings you heartache, setbacks, difficulties, and insurmountable problems, you’re best protection is your personal strength.

It’s not greater walls that you need. It’s a stronger you. It’s not the protection of others that will make you great. It’s a stronger you.

That’s why the most important obligation you have is to yourself—to create a stronger you to meet the obstacles that are headed straight for you!

We All Have Bad Days

My own best defense is my personal strength. That’s how I carry so much weight on my shoulders managing multiple businesses, personal obligations, diet and training, and thousands of followers.

I have bad days too. I have challenges constantly. I have people say the harshest things to me. I experience disappointments. I listen to others incessantly whine. I read the same news headlines as you.

And sometimes, I get knocked down. Sometimes, I don’t react the way I should. Sometimes, I hurt people’s feelings. Sometimes, I ask myself if all this work is really worth it.

If there was ever a tattoo I’d put on my skin, it would be a lion’s head with the words “Lion-Hearted.” It’s how I want to live.

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The Difference is in How Much We Invested in Ourselves

The difference between me and someone who struggles comes down to personal strength. The difference is that I put in the tens of thousands of hours over 25 years into personal development.

I read hundreds of books. I listened to hundreds of lectures, talks, and sermons. I’ve counseled with those senior to me. I did my best to produce results in those areas of life that were important.

The end result was a stronger me, although that wasn’t my intent. I was only trying to learn and apply what I was taught, but in the process, I became stronger. I did all of this for a quarter century when hardly anyone knew my name.

How to Strengthen Yourself

Ultimately, THIS IS what I’m after with Metal Motivation. I want to help create a stronger you. More than seeing you motivated, I want to see you gain strength and push through the harsh winds that life blows.

Here are six ways to create a stronger you:

  1. Read non-fiction books that will challenge your mind.
  2. Listen to inspirational, or motivational, messages from strong leaders.
  3. Cut off—or keep at a distance—relationships that bring you down.
  4. Limit your watching of television.
  5. Eat right and train hard.
  6. Stay close to people that challenge you to greatness.

You’d be amazed at how radically your life will change if you did these things for just 30-90 days. It would be revolutionary!


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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    4 replies to "Lion-Hearted: Your BEST Defense Against the Harshness of Life"

    • Glen

      U inspire me alot man. I just want to grow up and mature. I just want to keep pushing forward. I let my past and other situations hold me back for a while. Now I’m trying to let go abd and move forward

    • Carneyman

      I don’t want to grow up, but would like to be more mature. Thanks for this awesome message CJ.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      That’s awesome, Glen. I’m sure you can do it. Stay plugged in to Metal Motivation, and I’ll do my best to do my part to fan the flames of your resolve!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Sounds good, my friend! Thanks for writing.

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