This is War 2

War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

There are three steps to fighting a war as discussed in the last post (This is war 1), but we are more interested, at least for the purpose of this text, in the unceasing personal wars we fight every day; our personal battle for success. Every day we wake up, we strap on our armour, pick up our weapon of choice and head into battle. And our battle fields are numerous; home, office, schools, place of worship, relationships, hobbies, etc. in each of which we engage in consistent combat.

 We are at war because;

1.      There is something we want: We wake up every day with a passion to succeed in whatever it is that we want out of life and we work hard every day to achieve it. Be it our health, carrier, relationships, faith or family, the efforts to achieve success in these areas make up the wars we fight.

2.      There is something resisting us: The journey to achieving what you desire is a road wrought with many, many obstacles such that you have to fight to achieve one goal. From waking up in the morning and fighting off the sleepy sweetness that has wrapped itself around you to battling the mental activity that keeps you awake at night. Every achievement is the result of a successful push against major resistance forces.

It is very important that you identify what you want in each area of life and make intentional efforts towards achieving it. But remember, you have to correctly identify the resisting force against your target and know the best course of action to take to neutralise this enemy. For instance, to lose weight and get fit, you have to fight the desire to overeat, the laziness to exercise, the desire to give up, and the excuse of lying to yourself ( we'll talk more about this on "This is war 3).

Fighting the battle for your success is not a one day battle neither is it a seasonal battle but it’s a lifelong engagement. As the famed philosopher Pluto once said, “Only the dead has seen the end of wars”. Our battle for the good life does not end till we receive a tombstone.

Our sense of success and fulfilment is tied to how many battles of our lives we win. As long as we keep up the fight, there is a chance of victory. 

Have a great life Y'all!  

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Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a Nigerian born and based minister, public speaker, entrepreneur and life coach. His keen and unique perspective to life issues makes him a refreshing voice to listen to. He currently serves as the Executive Coordinator of House on the Rock - Word House and sits on the board of a number of companies.

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