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Category: Overcome Adversity

Your Strength Is In Your Struggles

Why didn’t you give up?

We all face obstacles. Some small that trip us up like the sidewalk that “jumped out of nowhere.” Others are like Goliaths, towering over us and leaving us paralyzed with fear, or worse, running the other direction. But I suck at sharing my battles.

Like many of you, I tend to play it close to the vest. I internalize my struggles and rarely, if ever, share the obstacles I’m currently battling. I don’t want to post it on Facebook. I don’t want to vent to someone. I just want to deal with it, quietly and alone. The problem with that thinking is that my obstacle starts to grow within my head. The “pebble” becomes a giant and my situation moves toward one where victory seems impossible. I haven’t shared my battle with anyone so it feels like I am the only one going through this.

I feel often times that I am the only one facing this particular battle. And that’s one helluva lonely feeling.

But the truth is, I’m not alone. There’s actually someone else out there going through the exact same situation I am. Hell, there’s probably 100 or 1,000 other people in my exact shoes, facing my same Goliath – or one much larger than mine.

And many of them are winning.

Why You Should Never Ever Quit

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes

I thought the season was lost April 1. Two of our best pitchers out – one of them for the entire season. A 7-15 start to the season put the Texas Rangers into an 8.5 game hole to state & division rival Houston.

Despite a rally during May-June, the team was still six games out of the division lead on July 1. A brutal July slid the team to 8 games back on August 1 and a 1% chance to win the American League West. One month later that number had only grown to 4% chance of winning the division.

For a team that lost its ace (Yu Darvish) before the season even started, another starter (Derek Holland) just an inning into the year, and fielded a team with some castoffs from rival teams (Delino DeSheilds, Josh Hamilton), expectations were low. The team would put on a short streak, and then the next month, go ice cold.

But something happened. The team refused to quit.