Are either of these little guys underdogs? Dark horses? Possibly both? 🙂
: a person (such as a politician), animal, or thing that competes in a race or other contest and is not expected to win
: a person who has interesting qualities or abilities that most people do not know about
(Merriam Webster, 2015)
Have you ever chosen a completely different path that made no sense to anyone, including yourself? Or geared up for a battle where you were sure to be the underdog? Often times, statements like these may follow:
- “There are so many more talented/skilled people in this “game”; how will I ever compete with that?”
- “Statistics say my odds aren’t great; this disease could win the battle.”
- “Maybe everyone is right, I should just cut my losses and get out while I can.”
I’ve used phrases like these before. The truth is, very soon I am releasing my first non-fiction book, Common Stones, and no doubt it will be subjected to scrutiny. What do we do when that scrutiny, or even just the fear of scrutiny/loss becomes too great?
“God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”
We Might Fall
: a state in which opposing forces or actions are balanced so that one is not stronger or greater than the other
: a state of emotional balance or calmness
(Merriam Webster, 2015)
When our equilibrium becomes weak or unstable, we may begin to feel disoriented, dizzy, lightheaded, or unsteady. This is referred to as Dysequilibrium—when all of a sudden, opposing forces are no longer balanced. One overcomes the other. The world begins to spin, and without a solid force to hold onto, there’s a good chance a tumble to the ground is in our near future.
A lot of times we let statistics/odds or the opinions of others dominate our own thoughts, beliefs, or motivation. There will always be critics, negativity, poor-odds, and uncertainty in this world. These are our opposing forces that, sadly, we can always count on.
The funny thing is, the statements at the beginning of this article aren’t just from our critics and peers. Those doubts also come from within us. With or without outside commentary, these phrases are entirely self-defeating and can be one-hundred times louder than any competing white noise.
If our voice matches the negativity of our surroundings, there is no longer an opposing force. We become them. Balance is lost. Our surroundings begin to spin, making us wonder why we should even stay in the fight. And alas, we stumble, fall, or even throw in the towel altogether.
But how often do we actually say to ourselves,
- “What if I succeeded? This could be amazing….”
- “How great would it be to not only surprise others, but to surprise and be proud of myself?”
- “There IS a chance I can beat this. A chance is all I need.”
Those opposing forces can be seen in a different light. We almost benefit from them. As long as our thoughts and attitudes remain positive, we remain balanced. We can use those forces as opportunities for motivation. Opportunities to prove them wrong.
Turning Off Our Destructive Surround Sound
Shutting out our own negative voices is key. The ones that stop us in our tracks before we even start. We can’t control disapproval from around us, but we can control it from within us.
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
~ Suzy Kassem
This article is for those that need encouragement. For those of us who are stuck in our heads, constantly allowing self-doubt and the world’s stadium commentary to influence and consume us.
Please, do me a favor. Set the internal microphone down. Instead, boldly pray for the strength you need. First thing in the morning, every morning, do this. Before you do anything else. I can attest that this alone will sharply change the outcome of how your day progresses.
“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”
Psalm 138:3 (NKJV)
Let God control your microphone. He will never lead you to the wrong fight. He will never tell you you’re not good enough. He will always be an immense source of strength. With that armor, there is no room for doubt.
Be the dark horse in your fight. Surprise everyone, maybe even yourself. Let God balance out the commentary. Hang onto Him as a solid force when your balance wobbles. Together, we can prevent the fall.
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Luke 1:37 (ESV)