We all have enemies. For most of us, they’re a drain on our energy, focus, and time. But if you approach your enemies differently, they can make you much better and stronger than you already are. Allow me to illustrate.
I hate Navy. I’m sick of them winning the Army-Navy football game for the last (I’m not gonna say it) years. The next time we play them is this coming Saturday and I really hope the anger and pain of all our losses over the last several years lights the fire of the Army team’s belly and helps them come out with a victory. Oh and how sweet a victory would be!
I’m sure the team and the program as a whole has done a great deal of soul searching over the last few years. I’m sure they’ve learned a few things about how to productively channel that anger into healthy endeavors. Perhaps you can learn a few things as well from the process of dealing with an enemy, directing your anger, and coming out on top.
We all have enemies. Some of us have a lot of them. But when we spend our time and energy focused on attacking them and counterattacking their inevitable strikes back, I’d submit we’re the ones losing. In getting us to attack, our enemy has taken us away from productive pursuits. They’ve hung a dark cloud over our days. They’ve drained us of some energy that would be better served elsewhere. They’ve also made us appear hot-headed and little in the whole process. Even if we win the fight, we lose – on multiple fronts.
There’s a better way to approach this.