How to Fight Like Rocky

Rocky Balboa standing in triumph

Rocky-Balboa-QuotesRocky Balboa understood what it meant to fight. It wasn’t his boxing ability or record of wins and losses – it was his heart.

Life is full of reasons to get up and fight – for all of us. Some will stand, prepared to take one on the chin and others head to their corners and throw in the towel.

Don’t be that guy.

Fight.Like.Hell. Rocky knew that it wasn’t about winning or losing.

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place. And I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. You, me, or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward – how much you can take and keep moving forward.

The evolution of the soul is furthered by fighting – not fighting for the purpose of hurting someone, but fighting to defend that which you love.

Fighting for something is about passion. It’s about believing in yourself and loving yourself enough to stand for what you believe in.

How to Set a Winning Expectation

Define what winning means to you.

Rocky never focused on the trophy – he was about “going the distance” and finishing. He simply understood the importance of finishing strong – giving it everything thing he had while racing towards the finish line.

While the media focused on his match-ups and continually questioned him on why he had the most unreasonable expectations in the most unlikely of circumstances, Rocky knew that winning simply meant finishing.

Rocky Balboa standing in triumphWinning a fight requires an attitude of urgency – it’s dwelling on the end result and accepting nothing less. It’s falling down and getting back up to still win the race.

Turn your weakness into a strength and use it to your advantage. Rocky was a southpaw who fought right-handed in his second bout to beat the seemingly invincible Apollo Creed.

Props to Mickey for that idea.

Find what drives you and feed it. Don’t focus on size, resources or inability. Accept only the final result – one of success.

Rocky finished strong, the way every man should – if only he wants it bad enough.

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