Stop Fighting the Wrong Battles
Imagine that there is a soldier who is running toward a battle, but on the way he notices people who oppose him, and he decides to fight them before moving on. More and more he stays turned around to fight all of these small enemies who are behind him instead of facing the way of the real battle ahead. By the time he finishes off the small and bothersome enemies behind him, he has no energy, and when he turns around, he sees how great the true and honorable battle is. If he only would have saved his strength for the enemy that was worth his time - the actual threat - he could have had a fighting chance; however, he was too worried about what followed behind instead of what was going to happen up ahead.
I tell you that story because the soldier was busy fighting the war that he wasn't meant to fight. This is the same problem I see many of us having day to day. We get caught up in fighting what the haters are saying, and we end up fighting them instead of focusing on what they said we can't do in the first place. Many times, part of us gets worried that we won't win whatever battle we have ahead of us, so we project our energies to smaller enemies instead. We fight small battles that we can win so that we can feel good about ourselves, even though we still haven't fought the battle we were truly meant to fight.
When you put your energy in all of the wrong things, you will have no energy to fight the right things. I have too many enemies and strongholds coming against me and my family in my life to be worried about what someone is saying about me on Instagram. I have too many enemies in my life to be worried about someone who thinks I need to change my game up because they don't think I can make it or they think that I'm not good enough or whatever. We have got to start distinguishing between the battles that matter and the battles that don't.
When people put labels on you or your beliefs, you don't have to fight them. When you fight them, you allow them to affect your life. When you fight them, you are allowing people who don't know their own worth - people who don't have confidence in themselves or their own beliefs to control you. If people like that are telling you how to live your life, walk away. You don't have to explain to them why they're wrong. You don't have to tell them why your path is good for you. They wouldn't be able to hear you anyway. Just let them go and focus on the battles that really matter. Focus on the things that really bring you down or bring your family down. There are real battles out there. There are things worth fighting for and worth fighting against, but haters aren't one of them. Give up the battle on the small side. Fight the true enemy - the big enemy.
It all starts with you.