Thoughts in Action: Part Five

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”

War is one of those things that tears down everybody involved in it. The reason for this is that it’s fueled by hate and anger, no matter which way people cut it. If we didn’t hate, war wouldn’t exist.

Imagery of war is a perfect thing to keep in mind while you read today’s blog post. 

Oftentimes, people get frustrated with each other. It’s just what happens between people, and although it isn’t always bad, it can be an obstacle. That being said, those people have all heard the saying “choose your battles.” Some of them think that’s stupid advice, while others think about it for a little bit before forgetting about it. Here’s the thing: it’s true. You can’t fight every fight, and if you do you certainly won’t win every fight. Again, the same thing applies to war. Sometimes, it’s better to run away and fight another day.

The problem arises when people let their ego get in their way and make them bite off more than they can chew. They end up arguing with everybody over everything, sometimes even getting physically aggressive, and at the end of the day they’re exhausted — and even think that it’s not their fault at all! Of course, this is an extreme case, but the most extreme cases make the best examples. 

In order to put your ego to the side and learn when to walk away, we first must understand that anger does NOT equal strength. When properly used and thought through, it can make it easier for us to draw the line in the sand, but most of the time it’s better to just breathe and let it go. One way to do this is to count. Count to ten. Count to one hundred. Maybe even count to one thousand if you need to. What’s important is you’re acknowledging your anger, but you aren’t letting it take control of your actions. 

Once you understand that anger is a tool and not something you express when you don’t get what you want, it becomes a lot easier to choose your battles. In doing so, you’ll eventually win those battles because you’re striking at the right time — why break down a brick wall when there’s an open gate five minutes down the road? Think of it this way and your motives will become clear to you. Your actions will fall into place, and your battles will make sense because you’ll know when to choose them. 

Choose your battles. It leads to success.

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What do you think? What do you do to keep yourself from choosing every battle? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. Also, I would sincerely appreciate it if you left a like, followed, and shared this blog on your social media. It hugely helps me out, and allows us to grow our community. Stay tuned for future blog posts every Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and try to be the reason someone smiles today 🙂

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