How to be a Man of Action: FIGHT


What does it mean to be a man of action? Better yet, does a man take action?

Action:  an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity

There comes a time in a mans life, where he has to take a break from learning, reading, and information gathering. To doing.

A man with nothing to fight for quickly becomes a frustrated man, often without a clue as to why
— Craig Groeschel

When I was a sophomore in High school, there was a group of knuckleheads that liked to harass me and my group of friends. Still, to this day, I don't understand why they had it out for us.

One day I was walking through the crowded hallway with my friend Jason, and a couple other guys. I noticed out of the corner of my eye that that a real winner named Caleb was wrapping a newspaper around a piece of wood 1 x 2. I immediately went into DEFCON 1 because I knew that he was up to something. Him and his buddies started laughing, and pointing in our direction. I'm pretty sure, everyone I was walking with was oblivious to what was going on.

I hung back a little as I had already made a decision to fight. They weren't after me though, they were after Jason. I let Jason walk a few steps ahead and I let Caleb get in between us. He then raised the wood wrapped in paper and went to hit Jason over the head. I immediately jerked the wood out of his hand. He turned around with a look of fear in his eyes. He was bigger than me, stronger than me, and older than me, but I decided to stand my ground.

He kept his distance from me as I acted like I was going to hit him with the stick, and then I threw it at his chest. Just then, one of his friends blindsided me and pinned me up against a doorway. My brother, who had just jumped on scene, then grabbed Caleb and looked at me. That meant that we were going to fight.

The fight never happened though. Two teachers witnessed the whole thing and broke it up. There were other fights and confrontations that took place after this, but this one I remember well

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spends himself in worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end of the triumph of high achievements; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knows neither defeat nor victory
— Theodore Roosevelt April 10, 1899 (Competitors Creed)

I realize there are some men, that see this as act of violence and could never understand. There are two things I would like to show you.

  1. You can learn a lot about yourself by being in a fight. It doesn't have to be physical, but you have to put yourself in situations that require you to stand up for what you believe or stand up for yourself. 
  2. Overcoming a challenge in your life, a habit, or an addiction is no different. You have to fight, and take ACTION.

Men need something to fight for, something to take ACTION towards. 

You can use goals, these are huge motivators to take ACTION. Another way is to just do something crazy every now and then. Challenge yourself to do something other people would just shake their head at and say; "Why would you do that?" or "You're crazy!"

Here are some things that I have witnessed by some of my friends that have elicited these responses.

  • Run back to back triathlons (At age 62!!)
  • 1000 push-ups in a day
  • Run 15-30 miles just because. (you don't have to sign up for a marathon race to run a marathon)
  • Ran a 30 mile ultra-marathon in the mountains
  • 1000 pull-ups in a day
  • 1000 flutter kicks in the rain

These are all physical, but they tell a lot about a person. Most people will quit or cheat if no one is looking. Would you?

But I don't want to do 1000 push-ups!

There are 3 reasons someone won't do 1000 push-ups.

  1. They physically cannot, because they are impaired in some way, they have a limiting physical or mental disability. (Something beyond their control...i.e. someone without arms or Christopher Reeve)
  2. They are scared
  3. They are lazy

So how do I do them? :

  • Do 10
  • Do another 10
  • Then do another 10
  • and so on

This is how you approach anything in life. It's called repetition, mental rehearsal, or visualization. Unfortunately, we have grown (as a culture) to enjoy the convenience of instant gratification. The "I want it now" mentality. I'm not sure how our ancestors ever survived without a credit card, WiFi, Netflix, or cell phones.

How you do anything, is how you do everything
— Unknown

What's it going to be? What are you going to fight for?

  • Are you going to fight for that job you want?
  • Are you going to fight to get away from that job you hate, or are you going to throw up your hands in defeat, and as Henry David Thoreau said: " a life of quiet desperation and go to your grave with your song still in you?"
  • Are you going to keep yourself moving forward by challenging yourself to never get comfortable or complacent?
  • Are you going to fight for your family?
  • Are you going to fight for your marriage?
  • Are you going to fight obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle?
  • Are you going to fight against a culture that says "I want everything now!!?"

Don't waste another minute, it is time to take ACTION!

FIGHT for the life you want to live and the person you want to be!!!