You Deserve Better
The other night, I wanted to give up.
I had just finished some boxing training, and I felt like quitting—that's how tired I was. In the midst of that exhaustion and soreness, two words popped into my head:
Today's message is about that phrase, because I think it applies to more than just boxing. Let me tell you something—it's hard to stay motivated forever. It's hard to stay inspired forever, because we're all only human. We're going to make mistakes, and we're going to feel discouraged by pain and failure. When I look back at my life, there are certain things I wish I had done differently. Even though I'm enormously grateful for the life I have now, I'll be honest with you—there are areas of my life I settled for.
Stop settling. When you settle, you're beginning a dangerous chain reaction. You're building an unreliable foundation, and you're cultivating a toxic mindset. Why? Because when you settle, you're teaching yourself that you aren't good enough. You're teaching yourself to accept less. You're teaching yourself to accept pain and stress. You're teaching yourself that both your peace and your satisfaction are unimportant.
I want you to make a decision.
I don't care where you are in your life, and it doesn't matter how difficult things might seem right now. I want you to make a decision anyway. I want you to decide that no matter what happens, you are never going to settle. No matter how hard life gets, you are not going to sacrifice your self-respect. Far too often, we end up in toxic relationships. We find toxicity in our dating lives, our friendships, and even our relationships with family members. Often, we realize deep into a relationship how toxic that relationship is. We've all been through it, so let me ask you something. I'm not going to ask you to cut anyone off—I'm asking you to demand what you deserve.
Stop settling for misery. Stop settling for broken situations. Fixing toxic relationships is hard, but I promise you, healing your heart is worth it. Being honest with yourself and the people closest to you is one of the most difficult things in the world to go through with, but let's be honest—you need it. It's time to work on your relationships, even when that work seems impossible. If you don't want your relationship to fail, you need to bolster its structure. You need to work on communication, and you need to stop settling less than anyone's best. You need to fortify your love, or you'll never be ever to protect your heart.
It all starts with you.