You Can Win…Or Be The CHAMPION

You Can Win…or Be The CHAMPION

By: Houssam Makki

Author / Speaker / Life & Leadership Coach

To win; it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a champion; but to become the champion, you are definitely a winner.

There are many things in life that require from us time to pause, think and reflect deeply; to really understand its meaning and how powerful it is to change our perspective in a positive way for a better outcome..

The word champion describes a winner in a game or a race, right? That’s what we’ve been taught; but growing through life, I’ve discovered that the same word has a different meaning…champion means uniqueness!

Sadly to say, in our society, we don’t teach the younger generation that the word champion means uniqueness. Yes, we are all champions of God; but parents nowadays are putting so much effort to show that their kids are the best; they even tell them that. It is also strange to see parents dealing with their kids with the exchange concept! For example: a father telling his kid, “I am taking you on a vacation; so you need to get good grades. You have no excuse;“ or “I am investing in you because I am expecting you to make my dream come true by becoming a doctor;” even worse, “I want you to have a better job so you can live better than X person.” The concept of proving others wrong is a kind of a competition. Parents are teaching their kids that winning is the only goal to set you apart from others; not raising their awareness about the real meaning of being a champion so they can explore their uniqueness; and if the kid failed, he or she gets punished.

Not long ago I was watching a movie that I love called, “Rocky Balboa.” It is a series of movies about a champion journey. All of these movies are awesome; and no matter how many times I watch them, I learn something new. Let me share with you something from what I learned from part 4 of this series. When Rocky had to fight a Russian boxer named, “Ivan Drago” who was a giant and heavily trained by the latest and highest tech equipment at that time as a machine; and taught to fight strategically, it was known that “Drago” could knock down any boxer in maximum 3 rounds, if not less; and because he is trained like a machine, his punch could kill anyone that he fought against; just like what it did with Rocky’s best friend earlier in the movie.

There was the scene when Rocky traveled all the way to Russia to fight against the (Big Russian) Drago. It was obvious who was going to be the winner; both of them started their training and practices, Rocky in the nature and Drago through equipment.

Many predicted that the fight wouldn’t take long; but it was surprising to everyone who was watching the fight that it went for more than 12 rounds.

The best part was when the 2 boxers were resting in between the rounds. Drago was told by his training team things like, “You are not doing what you were told to do; Rocky is small and weak;” while Rocky’s coach was lifting his spirit to stay focused and keep going.

In the second time out again Drago was told things like, “How can you do this? This boxer is nothing, He is soft,” but Drago replied, “He is not a human; he is like a piece of iron;” on the other hand, Rocky was motivated because he was able to shake the big Russian’s system and prove that he was not a machine. He was a man; and by proving that, his coach told him that he earned the fight and repeated the words, “no pain” to keep the spirit up!

Reaching to the final round, the crowd was cheering for Rocky for his stamina and determination, and this time Drago’s Team Manager said to the trainer, “You trained this fool. He is a disgrace.” Then he said to Drago, “Listen to our people; they are cheering for him. Go and WIN!”

At the end, Rocky won over the big Russian and earned the crowd’s respect. Why? Because he wasn’t focusing on winning, but on doing what he was meant to do and believing that he can do it; despite of what those surrounding him were thinking, speaking and predicting about the fight.

You may win at something. You may succeed in many areas. You may achieve high positions or receive many awards; but if this wasn’t what you were meant to do on this earth; and this thing has nothing to do with your desire and passion except feeding your self-satisfaction, you will remain a winner…but never a champion.

A champion knows by heart his own lane; which if he won over, he will be automatically shining to the world.
A champion never puts the effort to grab the attention of others; but all he does is simply what is required from him to do, that is:
• Know who you are.
• Tie yourself to a goal.
• Believe in yourself; and that you and what you do matter.
• Never stand still, never look back, never look right nor left…keep moving forward.

Remember: you are a champion. You are unique.

I am Houssam Makki. I am the reborn; this is my message, and I am paying it forward to inspire others.

Be blessed!

Houssam Makki
Author / Speaker / Life & Leadership Coach

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