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Tough Enough.

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January 9, 2007.

“Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.”
Alex Karras

Life can be pretty tough on occasion. Every day we encounter a wide array of problems and obstacles that we must deal with; some more difficult than others. And continually rising up to meet and defeat the challenges presented is easier said than done.

Far too often far too many good people give in to life’s ongoing trials and tribulations, eventually giving way to the unrelenting pressure they experience daily. Rather than reach deep within themselves and tough it out, they ultimately give out — thereby giving up on the lives they deserve to live.

“For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Like it or not, we must learn to rely on our God given resiliency to overcome difficulties if we are ever going to stake our claim on our destiny on earth. And that takes toughness. A gritty, determined, never give up or give in kind of toughness that simply cannot be defeated.

Make no mistake about it; this tough as nails tenacity to overcome the adversity and difficulties we face is deeply rooted within us all. It’s there, deep down where it counts. And it’s there when it counts as well. But one big question remains: are we tough enough to tough it out and take our licks when things don’t go our way?

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalynn Carter

Sure, we would all prefer a free and easy lifestyle where troubles never cross our paths. Who wouldn’t want to cruise through life without ever once running into unpleasant problems or sticky situations? But as we all know, that just isn’t the case. So we must make a decision, are we going to overpower the problems in our path or do we allow them to overpower us?

It’s that simple, yet it is not simple either. Constantly rising to the occasion takes a toughness that many of us are unwilling or unable to muster. After all, turning away or running for cover is far easier than digging in and dealing with things we would prefer not to deal with. Toughing things out, especially when the going gets more than a little rough, takes more than a little effort. It takes toughness, a dogged, undefeatable determination that only the best of the best are willing to offer.

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”
Bill Russell

So what about you? Are you tough enough to tough it out when everyone else has turned tail and run? And are you willing to look your most daunting problems eyeball to eyeball without flinching or turning away? You can — when you are willing to push yourself to a whole new level of mental toughness. And you must — if you are ever going to reclaim the magic you so desperately desire in your life.

When you demonstrate a toughness that can overcome anything placed in your way, a toughness that can overpower anything thrown in your direction, how can you possibly lose? Best of all, this toughness is there for the taking. So why not reach deep down and take it and then take your life your life wherever you’ve ever dreamed of going?

Hey, I know that dealing with life’s problems is never easy. But dealing with them is far better than having life’s problems deal you a lousy life, wouldn’t you agree? Instead of surrendering to the demanding difficulties you inevitably confront daily, why not turn the tables and meet them head-on with an overwhelming toughness that cannot be beaten? When you get tough enough, there is nothing than keep you from living the life you deserve.

The Bottom Line: When you’re tough enough to tough it out, you’ll discover that life is not all that tough.

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