Staying on top of our game in this competitive world is harder than ever. There’s little room for error, and there will always be someone else with their eye on the prize as well. To remain on top, we must realize that success is temporary and it’s paid daily through blood, sweat, and tears. You must have the “eye of the tiger”.
To pay our dues, we must be humble and hungry. We must not feed into our ego and avoid believing the stories we tell ourselves. Stories that magnify our strengths while minimizing our weaknesses. It’s this type of self-talk that inflates our pride and has us thinking that we’re larger than life. Now don’t misunderstand me, it’s crucial to have self-confidence but always keep the mindset that there’s always someone out there that’s better than you. You’re not God.
This is the reason why so many celebrities crash and burn. They obtain so much fame and wealth and they don’t understand how to stay humble or realized that they need to keep working on themselves and their dreams. This tendency to let success get to our heads becomes a dangerous habit and one which will eventually lead to our demise.
By buying into these stories, we end up sabotaging ourselves. We think we can slack off and still receive the same results, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s at these critical moments that we must have the awareness to step back and humble ourselves. You should have the mindset that you’re always in second place fighting for first.
Realize that you’re no different than anyone and that nothing lasts forever. With this attitude, we’ll be able to remain humble, while capitalizing on every opportunity that presents itself. On the other hand, when we let our heads get too big we end up setting ourselves back by underestimating others and overlooking chances to grow. We think we know it all and we stop learning.
By limiting our growth, we soon become stagnant. While resting on our laurels, we then get surpassed by those who are hungry and willing to do the work that is necessary.
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale
The Eye of The Tiger
It’s like in the movie Rocky III, where Rocky Balboa, the heavy weight champion of the world in boxing, had been winning for so long in his career. He felt that nobody could beat him.
However, there was someone training harder than him. A great fighter by the name of Clubber Lang. This guy had the edge and the mentality needed to beat Rocky.
During the first fight, Clubber Lang knocks Rocky out during the first round! Everyone was astonished that Rocky went down so easy. (There’s other contributing factors to his loss but you’ll have to watch the movie to get the details.)
After the fight, Rocky is going through a rough time. He’s depressed and beating himself up about it. One day, Apollo Creed shows up and offers to train him to win back the title of the heavy weight champion of the world. (Rocky had beat Apollo earlier in his career which gave him the champion title.) He accepts.
During the training period, Apollo tells Rocky that when they fought against each other, Rocky had the eye of the tiger. He was hungry and he was humble. Rocky had come from nothing; he was an unknown street brawler. After his success, he forgot where he came from and thought he could sit back and relax a little.
Apollo puts Rocky to his limits and gets him in the best shape of his life. He helps him overcome his inner demons and get back the drive that Apollo calls, “the eye of the tiger”.
During the second fight between Rocky and Clubber, Rocky is put to the test but wins the fight because he had been humbled and got back his hunger. He remembered where he came from and the reason he won the title in the first place.
You must have the “eye of the tiger” in your life journey. It’s this type of mindset that we should adopt to reach new levels of success. Instead of sitting back and letting past victories go to our heads, let’s attack the day as if you are right where you started like what we saw in Rocky III.
With nothing gained or lost, we’ll be forced to view ourselves objectively. As a person trying to make it in this world. Nothing more, nothing less. Let Rocky be a lesson to you to remain humble and hungry at all times.
“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.” – Rocky Balboa
You are blessed and highly favored!