I was listening to a podcast featuring the CEO of Atom Factory, Troy Carter. At one point, Troy was also the manager for hip-hop artist Eve and pop artist Lady Gaga.
He’s a pretty well-known guy in the grand scheme of things.
While his success was highlighted on the podcast, I drew towards his struggle and the moments that almost broke him.
There was a part where he said, “My mother-in-law and my wife pawned their wedding rings so we could keep the house.”
I felt every piece of that!
But what he said next made me reflect back on my own life.
“It’s hard to fall lower than rock bottom. After a certain point you realize that you can’t fall off the floor.”
You may be on the floor right now, like really be on the floor.
I’m not sure what you’re going through or what you’re dealing with at this present season in your life.
But let me share this- in order to physically get up you must first get up mentally and then emotionally. Life often hits you without sending warning shots, and life’s blows don’t compromise any power. Have you ever taken a blow so bad it felt like Mike Tyson himself delivered the blow? I haven’t taken a hit by Mike, but I’ve seen videos . . . and it looks bad . . . realllllll bad.
Just like any blow, how do you pick yourself up after that?!
I’ve realized it’s not the initial hit in life that keeps people stuck on the floor. It’s the redundant thought of getting back up over and over and over again and possibly not have anything to show for it.
I get it. I wouldn’t blame anyone for stopping or letting the fight go.
However, I’ve also realized that more times than none, if you can find a way to be steadfast in your preparation and envision endless possibilities of what’s to come, you can keep finding a reason to get back up. You don’t have to win every round to win the fight.
Take a breath. Take a moment to be aware of everything around you.
Don’t focus on how much more you have to go. Rather, focus on the strength you have and the direction you intend to move toward for the day.
Every stage is necessary. Even the toughest days we face serve a purpose for the next chapter in our lives.
Sometimes the only way to get ahead is to take a step backwards. Oftentimes we just need a change of perspective to re-adjust the plan and press forward in a new direction. The plan may change, but the mission is still the same.
Keep pushing, keep striving, and fight the battles of today.
After all, you can’t fall off the floor.