Look into my eyes, It’s where my demons hide, Don’t get too close, It’s dark inside (“Demons” by Imagine)
2500 years ago Chinese warrior Sun-tzu wrote The Art of War, his text is still widely used today by leaders of all stripes. He shared three principles everyone should be familiar with when it comes to victory:
- If you do not know yourself and you do not know your enemy, you will lose every battle.
- If you know yourself but not your enemy, you will win only half your battles.
- If you know yourself and you know your enemy, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
We all have to be familiar with the personal demons we face, be honest about our weaknesses, and know clearly what our outcome is. It is then we can move forward.
I have met many people who never make a change because they believe they are ‘fine’ the way they are, or they blame others for their circumstances and live with a victim mentality.
Sometimes our worst enemy is fear or doubt, other times it is our own thought life or countless other things we see in the person in the mirror.
Facing our demons and being honest about what needs to change will move us from our comfort zone. We may realize we need help from someone else, that a mentor or coach is necessary.
Wisdom is seeking to understand what is wrong, figuring out what needs to change, and then doing what is necessary to move to where we need to be.
So the first step is to begin seeking wisdom, realize that complacency and ignorance are the enemy, and to use wisdom to recognize the gap from where you are to where you should be.
Mike Murdock shares, “The difference between obscurity and significance is the enemy you decide to conquer.” We know King David because he defeated Goliath. We know Martin Luther King Jr. because he faced down racism and bigotry. We know Oprah Winfrey because she beat poverty.
What you decide to face will determine your success in any area. Demons, both inside and out, that we refuse to recognize don’t get better by being ignored, left to their own devices they grow and wreak havoc.
In 58 days nothing can change and you lose, or in 58 days you can know thyself and thy enemy, and be the victor.